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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

1838 – Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin is born in Baden, Germany. The first large-scale builder and pioneer of rigid dirigible balloons, Zeppelin made his first balloon ascent while serving as a volunteer and observer for the Union Army in America’s Civil War. 1908 – Thérèse Peltier becomes the first woman to fly in an aeroplane. She is a passenger on a [...]

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Museum Kicks Off Canadian Voodoo Campaign

Jul 06, 2013 No Comments

A Canadian aviation museum has the opportunity to save a McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo, one of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s most important  Cold War fighters and the last Voodoo to fly with the Canadian Armed Forces. The Jet Aircraft Museum, located in London, Ontario, between Toronto and Detroit ,Mich., yesterday announced plans to send a team of [...]

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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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