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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Keith Logan “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand World War I fighter ace and World War II Royal New Zealand Air Force high-ranking officer. 1912 – The first aerial bomb is used by Bulgarian Air Force pilots Radul Milkov and Prodan Toprakchiev on the Turkish railway station of Karaagac (near Edirne) during the Balkan […]
Presidential VC-9C Makes Last Flight

Presidential VC-9C Makes Last Flight

A significant piece of presidential history is flying into Castle today. A McDonnell Douglas VC-9C that once flew former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and former first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Laura Bush and all vice presidents from Walter Mondale to Dick Cheney is due at 1 p.m. at the Castle Airport – […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Indiana Man to Celebrate Historic Flight

Indiana Man to Celebrate Historic Flight

A Miami County, Ind., U.S. Air Force pilot became an overnight celebrity 50 years ago today after he flew a supersonic bomber jet on a record-shattering flight from Tokyo to London that captured the attention of the world. Sidney J. Kubesch, a Texas native who ended up moving to Miami County after marrying a Peru […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of James Joseph Wellwood, Australian World War I flying ace. 1933 – First run of the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a British V-12 piston engine; initially known as the PV-12, the 1,650-cu. in. liquid-cooled powerplant became known as the Merlin when the company began naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 1946 – Death […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Attack helicopter flights? Balloon rides? General admission to the formerly “invite only” Friday night air show? A 5K run? The 24th Annual Stuart Air Show, set for Nov. 1-2 at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., promises several new and exciting attractions. Fly a warbird, balloon or chopper. See a balloon glow. See aerial stunts from […]
Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

The 21st Annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., has been postponed to next April due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday. In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the […]
USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

When our country needed him, he answered the call. On April 8, 2003, U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Wilson and his wingman climbed into Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, flew into southeast Baghdad and changed not only his life, but the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well. His mission that morning was to save 75 […]

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Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

The Indian Navy and Russian Navy have been testing Russian Aircraft Corp. MiG MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB multirole fighters aboard the carriers Vikramaditya, which is set for commissioning on Nov. 15, and Admiral Kuznetsov. The MiG-29K is an advanced carrier variant of the MiG-29M, while the MiG-29KUB is a two-seat combat-capable trainer variant of the MiG-29K. For a slideshow featuring […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Agustin Paral, Cuban aviation pioneer and the first Cuban pilot. 1933 – A Boeing 247 belonging to United Airlines is destroyed by a bomb over Chesterton, Ind., in the first proven case of air sabotage on a commercial aircraft; all seven on board are killed. 1949 – Death of Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese naval […]
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