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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Alexandre Paul Leon Madeleine Marty, French World War I flying ace. 1914 – Death of Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator, when the right wing of his hydro-aeroplane Wright Model C “Speed Scout” crumples in San Diego Bay just after establishing an American altitude record of 12,120 feet. 1945 – Allied […]
Italian F-35 Makes First Atlantic Crossing

Italian F-35 Makes First Atlantic Crossing

The Italian Air Force has successfully conducted the first trans-Atlantic crossing of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of aircraft AL-1 into the U.S. last week. AL-1, the first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to be assembled at Italy’s final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri […]

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

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Bruce Digby-Worsley, British World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Russian pilot N. de Sackoff becomes the first pilot shot down in combat when his biplane, possibly a Maurice Farman MF.7, is hit by ground fire following bomb run on the walls of Fort Bizani during the First Balkan War. Flying for the Greeks, he comes down […]
BT-13s Meet at Modesto

BT-13s Meet at Modesto

There are less than 50 airworthy Vultee BT-13s in the United States; two of them were at California’s Modesto Airport on Friday. One of the planes – they were used as Army Air Corps training planes during World War II – was based in Modesto during the war. The other was based in Waco, Texas, […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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California ANG F-15s to Patrol SB50

California ANG F-15s to Patrol SB50

Between the Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and other various aircraft, flyovers for the Super Bowl have wowed audiences for decades. This year, the Blue Angels will open Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium in California with their “signature six-jet Delta formation.” But during the game itself, there will be other aerial backup. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Birth of Ion Dobran, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot. 1929 – Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours and 20 minutes from Burbank, Calif. 1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place, between five Japanese aircraft […]

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Carter Says A-10 to Stay

Carter Says A-10 to Stay

The Warthog will continue to fly. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force’s ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the “Warthog,” will not face retirement until at least at least six years. “The budget defers the A-10’s final retirement […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1851 – Birth of Carl Berg, German entrepreneur and airship builder. 1920 – Pierre van Ryneveld and Quentin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from north to south; they will arrive in Cape Town on March 20. 1944 – A U. S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-24 Liberator flies the first Allied photographic reconnaissance mission against Truk Atoll, […]

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UK to Receive Final Test F-35B

UK to Receive Final Test F-35B

The United Kingdom is shortly to receive its final testbed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), after a senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officer Tweeted an image of the completed aircraft at the Fort Worth production facility in Texas. The UK currently has two operational test and evaluation (BK-1 and BK-2) […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of John Carbery Preston, British World War I flying ace. 1930 – San Francisco’s first air ferry service begins and cuts travel time across the San Francisco Bay to 6 minutes. The ferry flies from San Francisco to Alameda, as well as from Oakland to Vallejo. 1945 – First flight of the Kawasaki Ki-100 (shown), one […]
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