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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask, a British World War I flying ace and later a high ranking officer in the Royal Air Force. 1908 – Henri Farman makes the first cross-country flight in Europe, in a Voisin, flying between the French towns of Châlons and Reims. 1918 – Flying a […]
English Museum’s Jets Focus of Show

English Museum’s Jets Focus of Show

A unique collection of Cold War aircraft belonging to a Westcountry museum in England is to feature on a BBC program documenting jet technology throughout the stand-off. Film crews have visited Classic Air Force’s new museum in Newquay, which boasts the largest collection of Cold War aircraft outside of America, in preparation for the BBC2 […]

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The Crash of Independence 08

The Crash of Independence 08

Sometimes, a 99.96% success rate isn’t good enough. That’s how often the Air Force’s MC-12W Liberty spy planes arrive overhead when needed by U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The twin-turboprop planes are modified versions of the Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350. Their crew of four includes a pair of pilots and a pair of backseat […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Frederick Stanley “Freddie” Gordon, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, Canada, to Croydon, England, to set a west-to-east North Atlantic crossing record in a Bellanca 28-90 Flash (shown above). 1956 – Operation Kadesh, an Israeli military effort to […]

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‘Memphis Belle’ Visits Florida

‘Memphis Belle’ Visits Florida

The four-engine bomber bristling with machine guns brings to mind the anxiety of the men who ran Hitler’s gauntlet in the skies over Europe in the bleak days of World War II. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a mass-produced piece of American military history, but only a handful remain. One is right here in […]
South Korea May Buy F-35s

South Korea May Buy F-35s

A task force formed by South Korea’s defence ministry to re-examine its fighter jet requirements is likely to reaffirm the need for a stealthy fifth generation fighter, giving a boost to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program, according to several industry sources familiar with the tender. The task force was formed last month after a separate […]

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P-51 Doing Its Part to Help Vets

P-51 Doing Its Part to Help Vets

It was an experience U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Deming said he couldn’t say no to. “This is bucket-list stuff right here,” he said. Deming was referring to taking a ride in a North American P-51D Mustang World War II fighter airplane, named “Charlotte’s Chariot,” as part of a Wounded Warrior Association (WWA) trip […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Clyde Edward Pangborn, also known as “Upside-Down Pangborn;” he was an American aviator, stunt pilot and the first person to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean along with Hugh Herndon, Jr. 1931 – Royal Air Force Squadron Leader O.R. Gayford and Flight Lt. D.L.G. Bett land their Fairey Long-range Monoplane after […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Birth of Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick, German gold-medal Olympian and flying ace during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 1937 – Hanna Reitsch sets a world record for helicopters when she flies a Focke-Wulf Fw 61 67 miles from Stendal, Germany, to Berlin. 1951 – Japan Airlines flies its first post-World War […]
C-17 Flight Nostalgic for Father, Son

C-17 Flight Nostalgic for Father, Son

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force Sr. Airman Tom Brading, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs For one family, the term “like father, like son” has never been more true. Any father would be proud to watch their son be a part of the arrival of the last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to Joint Base […]
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