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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp, German World War I fighter ace. 1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy present. During one flight, a Universal News Agency cameraman accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. 1944 – The first Boeing B-29 Superfortress [...]

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Peterson AFB C-130s Prepare for Summer Wildfires

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Ten crews of highly trained pilots shook off the rust and were retrained for Modular Air Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lockheed C-130′s use in aerial fire fighting. The operators are volunteer air force reservists with the U.S. Air Force [...]

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Newly Rebuilt Me 262 Loses Canopy at Texas Airport

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

An antique jet fighter lost its canopy Tuesday morning as it attempted to take off from Midland International Airport in West Texas, but the pilot and passenger escaped injury, according to a news release from the city of Midland. Midland police and firefighters responded to a report of the plane crash at 11:11 a.m. The cause [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led China National Aviation Corp. through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. He flew the first flight over the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots in World War II to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains) for resupplying the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the U.S. [...]

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After The Battle: The Flying ICU

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

Three critically injured patients need immediate transfer to a medical facility outside of Afghanistan. One has a shot to the head, the other has missing limbs and the last has an open abdominal wound. Without a mobile intensive care unit, these patients will not make the flight out. For members of the U.S Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Englishman Denys Corbett Wilson makes the first aeroplane crossing from Britain to Ireland. 1924 – Birth of William Harry Allen, U.S. Army Air Forces World War II fighter pilot who scored five victories on a single mission. 1939 – First flight of Lockheed Vega Starliner. 1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 19, 2013 No Comments

1883 – Birth of James McKinley Hargreaves, Scottish World War I flying ace and one of the first aces in history. 1916 – First Zeppelin raid on the United Kingdom by the German Navy. They bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the UK, killing more than 20, in the first major aerial [...]

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USAF Combat Talons Fly for Last Time

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s last four Lockheed MC-130E Combat Talon I’s spread their wings for a final mission from their home at Duke Field near Crestview, Fla., on April 15. The Talons will be officially retired in a ceremony at Duke Field April 25 and the aircraft will then be flown to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan [...]

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