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Russians Search for Soviet Bomber in Alaska

Russians Search for Soviet Bomber in Alaska

On Aug. 12, 1937, the world watched as a massive Russian bomber took off from an airdrome near Moscow. Stalin’s war ministry abandoned its usual secrecy and invited Western reporters to see the event. Shutters clicked and cameras rolled as great red wings lifted the Bolkhovitinov DB-A into the evening air. Captain Sigizmund Levanevsky banked […]
CAF Move Encountering Turbulence

CAF Move Encountering Turbulence

The Commemorative Air Force may move its headquarters out of West Texas but not without facing a fierce dogfight. The nonprofit group, dedicated to preserving military aviation history and memorabilia, sent Midland-Odessa into a tailspin after announcing plans to move part of the organization to another Texas city, including potential sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth […]

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LOT 787 Latest Dreamliner with Problems

LOT 787 Latest Dreamliner with Problems

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland’s LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna. The plane was traveling from Toronto to Poland when it was diverted to the Icelandic capital about 1,700 miles short of its destination. The plane’s antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1880 – Birth of Pier Ruggero Piccio, Italian World War I fighter ace, high ranking officer and politician before World War II. 1922 – The U.S. Navy conducts the first large-scale torpedo bombing exercises when 18 Naval Aircraft Factory PTs attack three battleships and score eight hits in 25 minutes. 1946 – Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr., […]

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Flying Tigers Reunite in Alabama Today

Flying Tigers Reunite in Alabama Today

Three of the four surviving members of the Flying Tigers, the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese air force during World War II, will participate in an event recognizing the Army Aviation Association of America Fixed Wing Unit of the Year at Redstone Army Air Field today near Huntsville, Ala. The Flying Tigers who […]
Kentucky F-111 Set for New Home

Kentucky F-111 Set for New Home

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark has been on display at Kentucky’s Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport for some time. Now final preps are underway for the bird to be moved to its new home. This Sunday around 10:30 p.m., the plane will begin it’s move toward Aviation Heritage Park on Three Springs and Smallhouse Road. The […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1865 – Birth of Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford; she was an English aviatrix, raid pilot and ornithologist. 1918 – French World War I fighter ace René Fonck shoots down six German aircraft. 1944 – The Kommando Nowotny, the first World War II Luftwaffe jet fighter unit for testing and establishing tactics for the Messerschmitt […]
WWII A-20 Pilot Comes Home

WWII A-20 Pilot Comes Home

Roughly 150 distant relatives crowded into five buses at Salt Lake City International Airport to welcome home a man they had never met. They lined both sides of the airport runway and watched as a commercial airliner touched down and passed under a water cannon salute. The remains of U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Vernal J. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Olive Ann Beech (nee Mellor), U.S. aviation pioneer and businesswoman; she later founded the Beech Aircraft Co. with husband Walter Herschel Beech. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogiro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2 (shown above). 1942 – First and only Royal Canadian Air Force air […]
Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Does the paint job of an airplane — otherwise known as its livery — make a difference to you? Does a pastel rendering of Hello Kitty or a cuddly panda impart a sense of fun and high spirits? Or does it make you think, “Just who the hell is flying this plane and how serious are they […]
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