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Ramstein Air Show Disaster Remembered

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

In a quiet, wooded patch of land in view of the flightline, community members gathered for a heartfelt ceremony today at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of one of the worst air show disasters in history. About 100 people — a mix of those who were at the air show [...]

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Dambusters: Triumph, Tragedy

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

The faces of all the air crew who took part in the Dambusters raid of World War II have been published for the first time, but what happened to the squadron after the famous mission? The stunning success of Operation Chastise secured Royal Air Force 617 Squadron and “bouncing bomb” inventor Barnes Wallis their place in history. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

1877 – Birth of Charles Stewart Rolls, British motoring and aviation pioneer. Together with Frederick Henry Royce, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce, a company that first makes automobiles and later, after Rolls’ death, airplane engines. 1913 – Russian Army Lt. Pyotr Nesterov performs the first loop-the-loop with a Nieuport IV in Kiev. The complete circle and [...]

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Inaugural Air Show Set for St. George

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

Fighter jets, fire engines, hot rods and helicopters will be among the attractions on display at the inaugural Wings and Wheels event, scheduled Sept. 7 at the Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum at the St. George Airport in Southern Utah. Sam Wood, one of the event organizers, said the goal is to create a “family [...]

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A Look Back at the Loop

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

It’s 100 years since the first ever “loop’” was performed in a plane. Despite the doubts of his peers, Russian pilot Pytor Nesterov performed the feat, on Sept. 9, 1913 (Aug. 27 by the calendar then used in Russia). He flew a loop in a Nieuport IV monoplane with a 70-hp Gnome engine over Syretzk aerodrome near [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

1740 – Birth of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, who, with brother Jacques-Étienne, invents the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon; the brothers succeeded in launching the first manned ascent. 1925 – In a record that would stand until Feb. 24, 1983, Farman Parker of Anderson, Ind., becomes the world’s youngest pilot to fly solo. Born on Jan. 9, 1912, he flies at [...]

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U.S., Russia Join Forces for Vigilant Eagle

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service Beginning Tuesday, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with [...]

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N.D. Loses Last ANG Aircraft

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

One of the most historic days in the 66-year history of the North Dakota Air National Guard will be marked Tuesday when the last Air Guard aircraft, a Learjet 35-based C-21A, will leave the Fargo base for good, and there will be no aircraft replacing it. Since February 1947, a month after the service was first [...]

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