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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Alan Bott, British World War I flying ace and journalist. 1935 – United Air Lines decides to equip its fleet with a de-icing system for airplane wings, following successful tests on a Boeing 247. 1952 – First flight of the SIPA S.200 Minijet (shown), a French two-seat light sporting jet. 1969 – Death of William Roy […]
New USAF Museum Building to Open in June

New USAF Museum Building to Open in June

A $40.8 million expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will open June 8 at Wright-Patterson AFB, museum officials said Wednesday. The years-in-the-making, privately financed 224,000-square-foot fourth hangar was expected to draw more visitors to the world’s largest military aviation museum that attracts more than a million people every year. “We do expect an […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – The first regular aerial cargo service begins in the U.S. when Harry M. Jones takes off with a Wright B to fly baked beans from Boston to New York. 1919 – Death of Hans Christian Friedrich Donhauser, German World WarI flying ace, in a crash near Coblenz, Germany. 1940 – First flight of […]
RN Historic Flight to Debut Sea Fury FB.11

RN Historic Flight to Debut Sea Fury FB.11

The Royal Navy Historic Flight, in conjunction with the Fly Navy Heritage Trust operates the Hawker Sea Fury Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF (VX281) which Warbirds Online covered in 2014 on our tour of the UK air show season. Sadly, this aircraft suffered a damaging crash landing after a catastrophic engine failure. VX281 is now […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Jean Georges Bouyer, French World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Vickers Type 163 (shown), a British biplane bomber prototype. 1953 – The U.S. Navy begins operational flight tests from the first angled-deck aircraft carrier, the USS Antietam (CV-36). 1965 – The last of 820 Boeing KC-135 aerial […]
NASA Project Propelled by Peterbilt

NASA Project Propelled by Peterbilt

It will never soar into the wild blue yonder, but the dusty Peterbilt truck parked outside a hangar at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center here in California may represent the future of low-carbon aviation. Perched on steel supports behind the truck’s cab is a 30-foot airplane wing, the kind found on a small plane. Instead […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Bernetta Adams Miller, American pioneering aviator who became the fifth licensed woman pilot in the U.S. 1935 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Wheeler Field in Honolulu to fly her Lockheed Vega across the eastern Pacific to Oakland, Calif.; she becomes the first woman pilot to fly solo between Hawaii and […]
‘Bomber Camp’ to Feature B-17, B-24

‘Bomber Camp’ to Feature B-17, B-24

Most of us with a keen sense of aviation history have wondered what it was like to fly and fight aboard a World War II heavy bomber. We’ve seen wartime footage, and classic war movies like “Twelve O’Clock High” or “Memphis Belle.” But have you ever imagined what it would be like to actually train for […]

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Texas Museum to Debut Bleriot Replica

Texas Museum to Debut Bleriot Replica

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will break ground Saturday morning on a park that will feature a replica of a historic Blériot XI airplane. Located about 4 miles from the museum, First Flight Park will be across the street from the spot where a Blériot XI made the first flight in Fort Worth. The spindly craft, with its open-air […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leroy Randle “Roy” Grumman, American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and industrialist. He also co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. later to become Grumman Aerospace Corp., and now part of Northrop Grumman. 1931 – William G. Swan stays aloft for 30 minutes over Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a glider powered with 10 […]
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