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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, British World War I flying ace; he later downs an Albatros D.I, resulting in the capture of Crown Prince Frederich of Prussia. 1904 – Wilbur Wright makes the first-ever circuit flight, in the Flyer II. 1922 – The first flight over 200 mph is made by Sadi Lecointe in a Nieuport-Delage NiD 29 […]
RAF VC10s Complete Last Missions Today

RAF VC10s Complete Last Missions Today

The last operational Vickers VC10s, 1960s-era British airliners converted to aerial refueling tankers, will perform the type’s final flights for the Royal Air Force today before being retired from use. A final pair of Rolls-Royce Conway-engined VC10 tankers are due to conduct the sortie from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, bringing to an end a 47-year service life. Flown by personnel from 101 Squadron, […]

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Millville Museum to Showcase Static Displays

Millville Museum to Showcase Static Displays

The Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) in New Jersey will present its 6th Annual Aviation Celebration 2013 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday. The static aircraft display event will commemorate Millville Airport’s important World War II aviation history as “America’s First Defense Airport.” Rare WWII warbirds, military aircraft, […]
USAF Still Building Afghan Air Force

USAF Still Building Afghan Air Force

The mission: build an independent, self-sustaining air force from the inside out, from the ground up. The commander leading that effort calls it the most complex undertaking NATO and the U.S. Air Force have ever tackled. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Michel leads NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan, the organization charged with training the Afghan […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – The Wright Brothers begin testing their third glider at Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1918 – Birth of Viktor Vasilevich Talalikhin, Soviet flying ace during the Winter War and World War II; he was the first to perform aerial ramming at night. 1921 – The first regular scheduled airline service in Latin America commences when Colombian airline SCADTA, operating float-equipped Junkers F.13s, begins flying between Barranquilla and Girandot. 1962 – First […]
Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

By TODAYOnline.com Singapore’s new Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter aircraft are now operationally ready, marking full operational capability status with a ceremony officiated by Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at Paya Lebar Air Base in central-eastern Singapore yesterday. The F-15SG, operated by 149 Squadron, is one of the most advanced variants of the F-15 strike […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Death of Thomas Etholen Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane, while Orville Wright, who suffers severe injuries but later recovers, was demonstrating the Flyer at Fort Myer, Va. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red […]
B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

It has been nearly 70 years since the last Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress lifted into the air during World War II to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but this Saturday, the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of “Texas Raiders,” a fully restored B-17, will be roaring over Houston’s Hobby Airport. Of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Frederick Erastus Humphreys, American aviator; he becomes one of the original three military pilots trained by the Wright brothers and the first to fly solo. 1914 – The Canadian Aviation Corps is authorized to be formed; it is the beginning of Canada’s military air force and is composed of two officers and […]
Civil Air Patrol Raising Profile

Civil Air Patrol Raising Profile

When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state’s coastline, a team of New Jersey’s Civil Air Patrol pilots flew hundreds of flights to photograph destruction from the air and give government agencies and homeowners a glimpse of the storm’s toll. The mission is just one example of the work performed by the nonprofit organization, an auxiliary of the […]
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