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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Langley Frank Willard Smith, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1935 – Death of Wiley Post, famed American aviator and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. His hybrid Lockheed Orion, which had the wings of a wrecked experimental Lockheed Explorer, crashes in Barrow, Alaska, killing him and Will […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1881 – Birth of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh (born Welcher), a Russian-born Jewish-American aviator who became the first flight instructor for the Wright brothers. 1914 – The first true bomber, the French Voisin III, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on German airship hangars at Metz-Frascaty, Germany. 1937 – Beginning of […]

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USAF to Resume HH-60G Flights on Okinawa

USAF to Resume HH-60G Flights on Okinawa

The U.S. military informed Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday that it will resume training flights using Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters Friday after one of the choppers crashed at Camp Hansen on Okinawa Island on Aug. 5, claiming the life of a crewman. The news immediately sparked criticism in Okinawa as the prefectural assembly […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper. 1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13” (shown above) sets a transcontinental […]

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Smoke Squadron Pilots Die in Crash

Smoke Squadron Pilots Die in Crash

Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a military demonstration team plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were the pilot and co-pilot of a Smoke Squadron plane which crashed onto the ground during training, authorities […]
Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

When 18-year-old Latifa Nabizada graduated from helicopter flight school in 1991 along with her younger sister, Lailuma, they proudly became Afghanistan’s first-ever female pilots. But they also received their wings and their commissions at the peak of the destructive Afghan civil war, which immediately threw the two women into perilous combat. They were flying for […]

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Hawkeye D-Model Production Heats Up

Hawkeye D-Model Production Heats Up

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft are entering full-rate production for the U.S. Navy. Five of the twin-engine, turboprop aircraft, which can take off from aircraft carriers, are being produced under the Lot 1 award from the Navy’s E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office. The contract is worth $775 million. “Moving from low-rate […]
Seahorse Shines Again at MCAS New River

Seahorse Shines Again at MCAS New River

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Suleski Throughout the ages many works of art have depicted victories and scenes of valor in the face of danger and almost-certain death. The aviation memorial near the main gate of Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C., joins legions of such art, including […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of William “Bill” Thaw II, an American World War I flying ace who also was the first to fly up New York’s East River under all four Manhattan bridges. 1915 – Royal Navy Flight Commander Charles Edmonds becomes the first pilot to attack a ship with an air-launched torpedo;  flying a Short Type 184 from […]
Taiwan Aerobatics Team Turns 60

Taiwan Aerobatics Team Turns 60

The Republic of China Air Force’s Thunder Tigers aerobatics team celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday by putting on an aerial display for thousands of people at Tainan Air Force Base in southern Taiwan. The base was opened to the public Saturday for the celebration of the anniversary and of Air Force Day, which falls officially […]
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