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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1923 – U.S. Army bombers, in a demonstration conducted by Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell, carry out anti-shipping exercises and sink the obsolete battleships U.S.S. Virginia and U.S.S. New Jersey. 1931 – Robert L. “Bob” Hall, the engineer of the Gee Bee Model […]
First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

Another World War II warbird will be joining “Maid in the Shade” for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Mt. Vernon, Ill. — “Red Nose.” “She’s a P-51 Mustang fighter made by North American Aviation,” said Dave Gross of the Commemorative Air Force. “She’s part of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing and will be […]

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Not New Idea

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Not New Idea

In 1915, nearly two decades after patenting the world’s first radio-controlled boat, famed Serbian-America inventor Nicola Tesla imagined fleets of unmanned aerial combat vehicles being sent to war instead of pilots. Little did he know, the U.S. Navy was already hard at work on that very same vision. Between 1898, when Tesla first demonstrated remote […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of José Manuel Sarmento de Beires, Portuguese Army officer and an aviation pioneer; he later flew the first night aerial crossing of the South Atlantic. 1922 – Jimmy Doolittle makes the first cross-country flight across the U.S. in under a day in a de Havilland DH.4; it takes just over 21 hours […]

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Last RAAF Aardvark Heads to Hawaii

Last RAAF Aardvark Heads to Hawaii

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has bid a final farewell to its last remaining General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, which is being taken from Amberley base, west of Brisbane, to Hawaii. The much-loved fighter bomber had its wings clipped ahead of its last journey to the Pacific Air Museum at Pearl Harbor. “It’s quite an historic […]
On Keeping ‘Aluminum Overcast’ Flying

On Keeping ‘Aluminum Overcast’ Flying

Military history enthusiasts can name the statistics of a World War II campaign much in the same way a Milwaukee Brewers fan can recall the batting average of Paul Molitor. To anyone fascinated with the weapons used during that most terrible conflict of the 20th Century, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a favorite because of […]

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Brazil Receives Updated AMX Fighter

Brazil Receives Updated AMX Fighter

The first modernized Embraer A-1 fighter jet was delivered Tuesday to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) at its industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo, Brazil. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and modernizing 43 subsonic AMX International AMX jets, 16 of which are already at the company’s facilities. The A-1M, still powered […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Florence Gunderson Klingensmith, pioneering American aviator; founding member of the Ninety-Nines (a women’s pilot group) and one of the first women to participate in air races with men. 1940 – Sixteen Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Blackburn Skua dive bombers sink the German light cruiser Königsberg at Bergen, Norway; it is […]

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Texas Flying Legends to Star at AIRSHO

Texas Flying Legends to Star at AIRSHO

This year at the Commemorative Air Force AIRSHO, warbirds will invade the skies of West Texas in ways never seen before with an amazing air performance from the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which will have six of its 11-aircraft fleet in attendance, including a rare Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero. The museum will participate in both flying […]
National Stearman Fly-In Underway in Iowa

National Stearman Fly-In Underway in Iowa

The Stearman Model 75, produced between 1935 and 1945 in Wichita, Kans., was not the only primary trainer flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy in the World War II era. But the 8,428 biplanes that came from the Stearman factory became an aviation icon because more military pilots took their first […]
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