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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 05, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Harold Francis “Kiwi” Beamish, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1917 – First flight of the Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, famous World War I German triplane. 1927 – Irish-born Lady Mary Bailey establishes a new light airplane altitude record of 17,283 feet in a de Havilland D. H. 60 Moth, at the company’s airfield in Edgeware, Middlesex (now London, [...]

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Fighter Jet Battle in Vermont Heats Up

Jul 05, 2013 No Comments

For decades, the thunder of Vermont Air National Guard jets has been a noisy feature of life in the towns around Burlington, Vt., where the commercial airport also houses the U.S. Air Force’s 158th Fighter Wing, known as “The Green Mountain Boys.” Now, the potential arrival of louder, new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters that [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 03, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Marmaduke Thomas St. John “Pat” Pattle, South African World War II fighter ace. 1941 – Luftwaffe Maj. Wilhelm Balthasar, a World War II fighter ace and winner of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, is killed in action when his Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 suffers wing failure and crashes in France, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

1859 – Two American balloonists, John Wise and John La Mountain, fly in their balloon from St. Louis, Mo., to Henderson, N.Y. The 809-mile trip takes 20 hours. 1916 – Birth of Hans-Ulrich Rudel, successful German dive-bomber pilot and the most highly decorated German serviceman of World War II; he flew 2,530 combat missions and claimed a total of 2,000 targets destroyed. 1937 – Amelia Earhart (shown [...]

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A ‘Sentimental Journey’ Aboard a B-17

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

It sputtered like a seasoned smoker as the propellers started whipping around at full speed. I was on board the “Sentimental Journey,” the Second World War Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress — owned by the Arizona Airbase of the Commemorative Air Force — on display this week at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, and was seriously [...]

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Indian C-17 Makes First Deployment

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

The big bird has taken to the skies. In its first operational deployment since it landed in India on June 18, the Indian Air Force’s gigantic Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft transported an Army infantry battalion to the country’s last military outpost in the Andman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday. “Operating from the [...]

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Reporter Takes Bumpy Ride in B-17

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

A little bit of World War II history flew into St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia on Monday. The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G-VE Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” touched down to spend a couple of days on display and give rides to paying customers. Despite my affinity for air sickness, I rode along on a media flight. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

1872 – Louis Blériot (shown above), the pioneer aviator who made the world’s first airplane flight across the English Channel, is born in Cambrai, France. 1915 – German Air Service Leutnant Kurt Wintgens achieves the first aerial victory by a true fighter plane in history when he downs a Morane-Saulnier two-seat observation aircraft with his Fokker M.5 K/MG production prototype of the Eindecker. He later becomes [...]

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