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Lake Michigan Wildcat Shown at AirVenture

Lake Michigan Wildcat Shown at AirVenture

Not all of the display aircraft at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., are pristine examples. A Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter used to train World War II Naval aviators is on display, its remains lashed to the back of a flatbed truck. The barnacle-encrusted single-seat fighter crashed on takeoff from a training aircraft carrier on Lake […]
Historic DC-3 Flies to New Home in Germany

Historic DC-3 Flies to New Home in Germany

An iconic aircraft took off from Coventry Airport for the final time Tuesday as it made its way to its new home in Germany. The Air Atlantique Douglas DC-3 has been based at the city’s airport for more than 30 years and is best known for its part in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1863 – Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production; he also designed the famous Ford Trimotor. 1918 – American pilot Walter Carl Simon and Scottish observer William Watson Smith score five kills with their Royal Flying Corps […]
Air Force Pilot Flies ‘Pipe Dream’ F-22

Air Force Pilot Flies ‘Pipe Dream’ F-22

By U.S. Air Force Capt. Erin Dorrance, 49th Wing After three years of rigorous training, 25-year-old U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Van Timmeren, a pilot with the 7th Fighter Squadron here at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., finally got to climb into the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor — the world’s most […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Cansos to Fly Again Thanks to Swap

Cansos to Fly Again Thanks to Swap

One is a small fishing community perched on a rocky edge of the North Atlantic; the other an agricultural and petroleum town nestled just east of the Rocky Mountains. Separated by some 6,500 kilometers, on opposite sides of Canada, St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and Fairview, Alberta, would seem to have little in common. Yet the diminutive municipalities […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace and volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he later took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1909 – The first airplane flight in Sweden is made by Frenchman Georges Legagneux in his Voisin biplane in Stockholm. 1936 – During the Spanish […]

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Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

The long journey of Conair Firecat 567 has taken it from a Canadian aircraft factory in 1958, to patrolling the seas for hostile submarines in the Cold War, to fighting wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia. Under cold, blustery skies Saturday, the well-travelled airplane began its final mission — telling its story to visitors at […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Godwin Brumowski, the most successful ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force during World War I. 1912 – U.S. Navy Lt. John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox, in a Wright B1 Flyer, send the first wireless message from an airplane to a ship, the torpedo boat U.S.S. Stringham, near Annapolis, Md. 1929 – Frenchman Joanny Burtin sets a […]
Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Planes mostly seen only in the pages of history books these days will soar over the Valley Saturday as part of the Centennial Celebration of Aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wasilla Airport in Alaska. Jane Dale, with the Alaska Air Show Association, said the air show was rescheduled after weather kept the pilots […]
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