Military

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Dr. Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer, prominent German aviation and aerospace scientist and engineer, who ranks among the pioneers of early aviation. 1911 – Eugene B. Ely makes the first landing by an aircraft on a ship when he flies his Curtiss Model D pusher biplane from Selfridge Field near San Francisco to a specially prepared [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer and founder of the Glenn L. Martin Co. 1920 – The Venezuelan Air Force is formed, with a flying school at Maracay. 1934 – First flight of the Fairey Swordfish, later used by the Royal Navy to help cripple the German battleship Bismarck. 1973 –Federal Express, later known as FedEx, delivers its first [...]

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Houston’s CAF Wing to Hold Open House

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

Those big, old airplanes with the mighty round engines will be flying again this weekend at West Houston Airport’s Hangar B-5 as the Houston Wing of The Commemorative Air Force presents its 2013 Open House on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get an up-close view and hear the noise [...]

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The World’s 5 Finest Military Museums

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

Two of the top five military museums recently ranked by Maxim (you know, that well-known historical journal that only looks like a men’s magazine?) will interest aviation buffs: England’s Imperial War Museum and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (whose Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Five by Five” is shown above), located in Dayton, Ohio. [...]

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Last Toast for the Doolittle Raiders

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

This week marks the 71st anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan. Of the 80 men who took off in their North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier far off the coast of Japan, only four now remain. Three of the four are meeting this week in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., not far [...]

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Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, here’s your chance. The Stockton (Calif.) Field Aviation Museum and Vintage Aircraft are offering a B-17 gun turret on eBay and part of the proceeds will go toward the restoration of the museum’s flying 1945 Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon. Here’s a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly the English Channel. 1913 – First contest for the Schneider Trophy. Maurice Prévost wins in a Deperdussin monoplane, completing the 28 circuits of the 6.2-mile course with an average speed of 45.75 mph. 1935 – A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 makes the first airline flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii; it takes two days. 1956 – U.S. Navy [...]

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