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On This Day in Aviation History

May 10, 2013 No Comments

1909 – Birth of Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova, one of the first female pilots in the Soviet Union and a World War II pilot. 1913 – First bombing attack against a surface ship: Didier Masson and Captain Joaquín Bauche Alcalde, flying for Mexican Revolutionist Venustiano Carranza, dropped dynamite bombs on Federalist gunboats at Guaymas, Mexico. 1961 – A Convair B-58 Hustler (shown above) cruises at a speed of 1,302 [...]

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How to Get a Free Helicopter: Lessons from Australia

May 10, 2013 No Comments

Australia will receive an extra Eurocopter NH90, known by that country’s military as the MRH90, after the program fell three years behind plan. Australian Aerospace, Eurocopter’s local arm, will deliver a 47th MRH90 for free, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement Thursday, adding that the agreement will help put the program “back on a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 09, 2013 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace of World War I, credited with 34 aerial victories. 1926 – Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa-3 m. Their total distance from Spitzbergen, Norway, is 1,600 miles. 1943 – A German night fighter crew defects to the U.K., flying a Junkers Ju 88R-1. The defection gives British scientists and tacticians access to a Lichtenstein airborne interception radar for [...]

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Florida Museum Monument to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

May 09, 2013 No Comments

More than 65 years after flying fighter planes over Europe, the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen will have a monument designed to honor their World War II exploits while inspiring kids to seek careers in aviation. “It’s like a dream come true,” said retired Red Tail pilot Leo Gray on Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony [...]

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Warbirds to Fill Thunderbirds Slot at USAF Academy Ceremony

May 09, 2013 No Comments

The sequester won’t stop a beloved tradition after all. For a time, it was looking like this year’s U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduating cadets would not get to have a flyover at their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., due to the sequester grounding the Thunderbirds demonstration team. But now two museums, one local and one [...]

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Nigerian Military Logs Second Crash in Days

May 09, 2013 No Comments

A Nigerian military helicopter has crashed in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, just days after one of its jets crashed. A statement from Nigeria’s Air Force said the crash happened Thursday morning at its base in Port Harcourt and that the crew escaped unharmed. Local witnesses described seeing a plume of smoke rise from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 08, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of James Robert Smith, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1914 – A civilian pilot, René Caudron, makes the first French shipboard takeoff in an airplane from a ramp constructed over the foredeck of the seaplane carrier Foudre, using a Caudron G.3 amphibian floatplane. 1937 – Lt. Col. Mario Pezzi of Italy’s Regia Aeronautica [...]

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From WWII to the B-2, the Evolution of the Flying Wing

May 08, 2013 No Comments

The design of the flying wing, an aircraft type with no distinct fuselage or tail, goes back to the early days of evolution. Joe Pappalardo of Popular Mechanics retraced the design’s flight path through history. For the complete story, click here.

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