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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Georges Pierre Blanc, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – First American pilot to be shot down, Horace Clyde Balsley of the Lafayette Escadrille, is wounded and survives the engagement. 1928 – A Latham 47 – a French twin-engine biplane flying boat piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud – carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others […]
Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class consists of four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson […]

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Colombians Take Part in Maple Flag Exercise

Colombians Take Part in Maple Flag Exercise

Editor’s note: This story was written by Col. Maria Cecilia Silva Velasquez of the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (Colombian Air Force) and provides a fascinating look at how one South American county participated in a military training exercise thousands of miles away. For the first time ever, the Colombian Air Force is participating in one of the greatest […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Inaugural flight of the first Italian airship “Italia.” 1912 – Death of Julia Clark, third woman to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America (though British) and first female pilot to die in an air crash in the U.S. 1922 – To mark the centennial of Brazil’s independence, Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura […]

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Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

A North American P-51C Mustang made several low passes over the York (Pa.) Airport airfield, its engine making a sound that sent shivers down the necks of enthusiasts. “It’s just thrilling to see them and hear them,” said Sharon Baum of Jefferson, who attended York Aviation Days in Jackson Township on Sunday with her husband, […]
Russian Aviation Set to Impress at Paris

Russian Aviation Set to Impress at Paris

Russian aviation is presenting one of its most vivid and memorable displays at this year’s Paris Air Show, which begins today. Three military aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter, the Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft and the Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter are participating in the flight displays above Le Bourget airfield. Aircraft and equipment represented […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Piotr Konstantinovich “Daddy” Kozachenko, a Soviet fighter ace during the Sino Japanese War, Finnish-Soviet Winter War and World War II. 1923 – New Zealand forms its first military aviation services, the forerunners of what would be the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 1944 – Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. J.G. Musgrave, flying a de Havilland Mosquito of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Adolphe Célestin Pégoud, a French aviator who became the first fighter ace, the first pilot to make a parachute jump from an airplane and one of the first to fly a loop in a Blériot model XI. 1921 – The U.S. Army and Navy begin trials in Chesapeake Bay to test the effectiveness of aircraft in attacking ships. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Death of Friedrich Hermann Wölfert, German publisher and aviation pioneer, and his mechanic. They are killed in an accident when their airship “Deutschland,” powered by petrol, caught fire at a demonstration at a Tempelhof field. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, American politician who served as naval aviator during World War II and the 41st […]
Paris Air Show Turns 50

Paris Air Show Turns 50

Hollywood’s stars may have moved on from the red carpets of Cannes, but the real “jet set” — the CEOs and executives who decide how, when and what we fly — are heading back to France. The A-listers of global aviation will be at Le Bourget from June 17 to 23 for the 50th Paris Airshow — […]
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