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On This Day in Aviation History

May 31, 2013 No Comments

1882 – Birth of John Robertson Duigan, an Australian pioneer aviator who built and flew the first Australian-made aircraft. 1918 - Douglas Campbell becomes the first American aviator flying in an American unit,  the Pursuit 94th Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Service, to achieve the status of ace, scoring his fifth victory over a German Rumpler C reconnaissance biplane with [...]

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B-17 Star of Bomber Fantasy Camp

May 31, 2013 No Comments

A World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress roared into Stockton’s airport this week for B-17 Bomber Fantasy Camp, a historical re-creation of a bombing run over Nazi Germany, held in California. Thirteen warbird buffs came from all over the country for the two-day camp. They donned flight suits, got barked at by gruff instructors, fired [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Birth of Antonio Larsimont Pergameni, Spanish Civil War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1912 – Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45. His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first true powered flight in history. 1942 – Launch of the Royal [...]

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Discover Aviation Days Returns to Minnesota Airport

May 30, 2013 No Comments

Discover Aviation Days, set for this Saturday and Sunday at Minnesota’s Anoka County-Blaine Airport, is a great opportunity to see and learn about all kinds of aircraft. It will feature displays, fly-overs, informational booths and seminars, a pancake breakfast and lunch as well as a Saturday evening hangar dance. General, corporate, experimental, home-built, World War II fighters, trainers [...]

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Helicopter Day at Georgia Museum Set for Saturday

May 30, 2013 No Comments

The 2nd annual Helicopter Day at the Aviation Wing will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Aviation Wing of the Marietta (Ga.) Museum of History. The event will showcase helicopters used by law enforcement, emergency medical services and our military in the metro Atlanta area. A variety of rotorcraft will be on [...]

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USAF Living Legend Tanker Pilot Recalls Missions

May 30, 2013 No Comments

When he was 23 years old, Billy Batson got his wings. For the next few years, Batson, who grew up in Fayetteville, Ark., flew all over the world — the Azores, the Arctic, Europe, Southeast Asia — flying tankers that refuel planes in midair. He has refueled jets that patrolled the borders of the U.S.S.R. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of  Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov, Russian test pilot, World War I pilot and glider designer; he was one of the founders of soaring in the Soviet Union. 1908 – First passenger flight in Europe occurs as Henri Farman takes up Ernest Archdeacon for a brief flight at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 1935 – First flight [...]

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Canada, International Forces Begin Exercise Maple Flag 46

May 29, 2013 No Comments

Aircrews from Canada’s allies and partners will fly alongside the Royal Canadian Air Force in Exercise Maple Flag 46. This large-scale, international air combat exercise is hosted annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., and is taking place this year from May 27 to June 21. “Exercises such as Maple Flag make an enormous contribution to [...]

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