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On This Day in Aviation History

May 03, 2016 No Comments by

1891 – Birth of William Graham Westwood, South African World War I flying ace. 1923 – The Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corp. is formed by Igor Sikorsky at a Long Island, N.Y., chicken farm. 1937 – Death of Cosimo Rennella, an Italian-born Ecuadorian World War I flying ace and pioneering aviator in South America. 1945 – German prison [...]

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Chinook Replacement May Have Tiltrotors

May 03, 2016 No Comments by

The U.S. Army is in no hurry to replace the venerable Boeing CH-47 Chinook that has carried its soldiers into battle since the Vietnam War, but when it does finally decide to move on, AVX Aircraft would offer up a 60,000-pound tiltrotor replacement with 44-foot-long propellers. The Benbrook, Texas-based advanced rotorcraft design shop counts several [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 28, 2016 No Comments by

1895 – Birth of William Tinsley, British World War I flying ace. 1919 – Leslie Leroy Irvin makes the first free-fall parachute jump in the U.S. at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, from an Air Service DH-9. The parachute was designed by pilot James Floyd Smith. 1947 – A Trans-Canada Air Lines Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments by

1899 – Birth of George Edgar Bruce Lawson, South African World War I flying ace. 1942 – First flight of the North American XB-28 (shown), an American medium bomber prototype. 1971 – Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird 61-7968, crewed by U.S. Air Force Majors Thomas B. Estes and Dewain C. Vick, flies over 15,000 miles in just [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 25, 2016 No Comments by

1917 – Death of Sebastian Festner, German World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Albatros D.III. 1955 – First flight of the FFA P-16 (shown), a Swiss ground attack jet fighter. 1961 – Birth of Frank, Viscount De Winne, Belgian Air Component officer and European Space Agency astronaut. 1978 – The Aerospatiale [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 22, 2016 No Comments by

1894 – Birth of Karl Deilmann, German World War I flying ace and industrialist. 1934 – Death of William “Bill” Thaw, II, American World War I flying ace. 1939 – First flight of the Aeronautica Umbra Trojani AUT.18, an Italian prototype fighter. 1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of the North [...]

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Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

Apr 20, 2016 No Comments

The Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 19, 2016 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Maurice Joseph Emile Robert, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – The first Zeppelin raid on the UK takes place by the German Navy. The towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn are bombed; more than 20 die in what becomes the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. 1945 – [...]

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