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Yagen Mosquito Comes Home

Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

When Jerry Yagen first saw the photographs, he was not impressed. The heap of decayed wood and crumbling parts didn’t look like much, let alone a warplane. During World War II, the wooden, twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was known for its speed, built by the British and used as a reconnaissance plane, a fighter and a bomber. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

1913 – The U.S. Army forms the 1st Aero Squadron under Capt. Charles Chandler at Texas City, Texas, to scout for Mexican incursions along the border. 1932 – Alan Bean, American astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon (shown above), was born. 1941 – Philippine Airlines, the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name, begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 with [...]

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Aussie F-111 Highway-Bound to Final Resting Place

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

A retired Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-111C aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland today, highway-bound for the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) at Port Adelaide. The convoy, transporting aircraft serial number A8-134, was set to depart RAAF Base Amberley, near Ipswich, at 2 a.m. It is scheduled to arrive at SAAM at 7 [...]

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Replica Me 262 Makes Air Tour Debut in Texas

Mar 14, 2013 1 Comment

A replica of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter of World War II makes its first public appearance Friday as the Collings Foundation’s Wing of Freedom tour visits Tyler Pounds Regional Airport this weekend in East Texas. Sixty years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Paul Engelhard makes the first flight in Switzerland, flying a Wright biplane from a frozen lake at St. Moritz. 1914 – Edward O’Hare, American pilot, is born; he was an aviator of the U.S. Navy who became the service’s first flying ace in 1942 and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. 1928 – The first Canadian woman to become a [...]

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Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

Mar 13, 2013 1 Comment

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress is being restored back to flying condition in Kansas. “Doc” was moved to Wichita in 2000 from a California desert and a group called Doc’s Friends is now hoping to get the plane back in the air. “This was the place that it really needed to be and the fact that [...]

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Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Richard C. Johnston has flown every variant of the Lockheed Martin C-130 tactical transport in the last 31 years, but none soared through the clouds more efficiently than the newest C-130 J-model plane. “I actually have flown the 1961 (E-model) when I first started flying C-130 (aircraft) back in 1982,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

1908 –Frederick W. Baldwin piloted the AEA Red Wing, a silk-winged aircraft powered by a V-8 engine, off the frozen Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, N.Y., in what would be the first public demonstration of a powered aircraft flight in the U.S. as well as the first flight by a Canadian pilot. 1930 – Death of Canadian World War I fighter ace and [...]

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