Military

Ontario Pilot First Canadian to Fly D.C. Intercept Missions

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments

It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, Ontario, would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C. But for Capt. Jeffery M. Powell, a 13-year RCAF aviator, that is exactly what has happened. And as one senior leader from North American Aerospace Defense [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Johann “Hans” Baur, a German World War I flying ace who flew airliners and later became Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot. 1912 – Capt. Marcel Dubois and Lt. Albert Peignan of the French Army are killed near Douai in northern France when their planes struck each other; it is the first fatal [...]

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Russian Fighter Tops Flying Demos at Paris

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

The Paris Air Show, which opened yesterday at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, is usually a stage for U.S. pilots to demonstrate their amazing flying machines to a world audience. Thanks to the sequester, that’s not the case this year. Instead, Russian aviators and hardware is taking the spotlight and they have not disappointed. Just witness this [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Georges Pierre Blanc, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – First American pilot to be shot down, Horace Clyde Balsley of the Lafayette Escadrille, is wounded and survives the engagement. 1928 – A Latham 47 – a French twin-engine biplane flying boat piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud – carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others [...]

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Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class consists of four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson [...]

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Colombians Take Part in Maple Flag Exercise

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

Editor’s note: This story was written by Col. Maria Cecilia Silva Velasquez of the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (Colombian Air Force) and provides a fascinating look at how one South American county participated in a military training exercise thousands of miles away. For the first time ever, the Colombian Air Force is participating in one of the greatest [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Inaugural flight of the first Italian airship “Italia.” 1912 – Death of Julia Clark, third woman to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America (though British) and first female pilot to die in an air crash in the U.S. 1922 – To mark the centennial of Brazil’s independence, Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura [...]

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Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

A North American P-51C Mustang made several low passes over the York (Pa.) Airport airfield, its engine making a sound that sent shivers down the necks of enthusiasts. “It’s just thrilling to see them and hear them,” said Sharon Baum of Jefferson, who attended York Aviation Days in Jackson Township on Sunday with her husband, [...]

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