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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, founded the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau and the mind behind many MiG military planes. 1918 – The first American night patrol of World War I takes place when a Felixstowe F.2 A flying boat takes off from RAF Killinghome, England. 1950 – A […]
Museum Attempts Saving Rosie’s Plant

Museum Attempts Saving Rosie’s Plant

The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now. A modest nonprofit is trying to raise enough money to salvage some of the massive plant, which Ford sold to General Motors […]

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Ex-Military Pilot Gets EAA Award

Ex-Military Pilot Gets EAA Award

Lowell Farrand of Ligonier, Ind., has lived a life of quiet satisfaction, concentrating on the activity that makes him the happiest: flying. Now at age 80, Farrand has been honored by the aviation industry for his many decades of dedication to aviation safety and research. He flew last week to Oshkosh, Wis., where Thursday night he […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cyril Frank Uwins, a British record-breaking test pilot for Bristol Aircraft; he would eventually fly 58 different types of airplanes before the end of his career. 1909 – The first flying machine purchased and put into service by a government is a Wright Flyer; the U.S. Army accepts its first airplane, as “Signal Corps (S.C.) […]

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Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer saved a Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot who ejected from his plane after a midair crash with another jet about 35 miles southeast of Chinconteague, Va., Thursday night. Two 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets collided, with one pilot ejecting and the second able to nurse […]
France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France has become the first country to receive an A400M Atlas military transport from Airbus, bringing to fruition a long-troubled program. The delivery Thursday culminates “a long, complex and thorough process” between Airbus Military and the seven European nations behind the program, France’s DGA military procurement agency said in a statement. Civil and military flight […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Harriet Quimby, a drama critic, becomes the first woman in the U.S. licensed as a qualified pilot. 1913 – Birth of Hiromichi Shinohara, known as the Richthofen of the Orient and the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. 1943 – Operation Tidal Wave, a large-scale air attack by bombers of […]
Canadian Sea Kings: Bittersweet 50th

Canadian Sea Kings: Bittersweet 50th

Canadian Armed Forces pilots have been flying Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopters for 50 years, with the anniversary celebrations taking place this week. That these aging beasts are still flying at all is testament to both the talents of those who have been operating and maintaining the old aircraft, and to the failings of a […]

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Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

It was a bold mission in the middle of World War II: fly into Romania to destroy oil refineries that fueled the German Army. Seventy years ago on Wednesday, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker, then a 36-year-old pilot from Akron, Ohio, and a large armada of American planes flew over Ploesti, Romania, […]
CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to announce the eight final locations under consideration for the home of the new CAF National Airbase. The search for a new headquarters began in May of 2013 with more than 25 interested and viable locations. After careful consideration of each potential location, the CAF Board of Directors […]
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