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B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

It took a few minutes for Staff Sgt. Oliver Hantak, 92, and First Lt. Jack Jerred, 90, to climb into the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic “Fifi,” on Thursday afternoon at Wisconsin Aviation in Madison, Wis. It had been 67 years since either of the World War II veterans and […]
USMC Deactivating Air Units

USMC Deactivating Air Units

As the drumbeat of force restructuring beats on in the U.S. Marine Corps, more units are folding up their colors. Back in 2011, the Marine Corps laid out a plan for deactivating and realigning units to bring the Corps down from 202,000 to a “middleweight” force of 182,000, and much of that restructuring is going on […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Gabriel Fernand Charles Guérin, French World War I fighter ace. 1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day over the Western Front during World War I. 1939 – A Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Fw […]
EAA AirVenture 2013 Begins Next Week

EAA AirVenture 2013 Begins Next Week

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013 will take off on Monday and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4, at Wittman Regional Airport, 525 W. 20th Ave., in Oshkosh, Wis. Fly-ins are expected to begin on Sunday and the event will feature programs and activities designed for all ages. Highlights include a Salute to Veterans Day on Friday, […]

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New York Park’s F-86L at Crossroads

New York Park’s F-86L at Crossroads

It is hard to believe that the North American F-86L Sabre that stands in Ford R. Dally Airplane Park in Monroe, N.Y., is 50 years old this year. Although some people may consider it nothing more than an old airplane, it is far more then that — it is a monument to the men who […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1837 – Charles Green takes off in the “Great Nassau” balloon with Robert Cocking in England. At a height of 5,000 feet Cocking jumps from the balloon in a parachute of his own construction into a field at Burnt Ash Farm near Lee. Cocking dies on reaching the ground, making him the first parachute fatality in history. […]

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Southern California Air Show Canceled

Southern California Air Show Canceled

The 2013 Thunder Over the Valley air show in Santa Maria, Calif., has been canceled, a victim of federal budget cuts and, to an extent, its own success, its organizer said Monday. Mike Geddry Sr., chief executive officer for the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, said he was “devastated” by the decision but that not […]
‘Maid in the Shade’ Hosts Indiana Vets, Fans

‘Maid in the Shade’ Hosts Indiana Vets, Fans

If pilot Russ Gilmore hadn’t pointed it out you probably wouldn’t have seen it, and even if you had, you surely wouldn’t have known its significance. Scrawled in indelible marker on the olive drab interior of a bomb-bay door on the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber named “Maid In the Shade,” was the signature of David […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – First flight of the Wright Flyer III, the first fully controllable and practical version of the original Flyer. 1921 – Birth of Lionel Peter Twiss, a British pilot who held the world air speed record as the first man to fly faster than 1,000 mph. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4, enroute from Bangkok to Hong Kong, is […]
‘Sally B’ to Star in English Air Show

‘Sally B’ to Star in English Air Show

Northern England’s Humberside Airport is providing valuable support for this weekend’s Cleethorpes air show by welcoming a historic war-time visitor to the airport. The “Sally B,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, will overnight at the airport in between her air displays on July 27. As part of its support for the air show, Humberside Airport […]
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