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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leroy Randle “Roy” Grumman, American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and industrialist. He also co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. later to become Grumman Aerospace Corp., and now part of Northrop Grumman. 1931 – William G. Swan stays aloft for 30 minutes over Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a glider powered with 10 […]
Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

The future of Tiger Moth Joy Rides on Australia’s Gold Coast is up in the air as the owner of the Pimpama, Queensland, company suspends services until further notice. The fatal crash last Monday, which killed Coutts Crossing train driver Gary Turnbull, 58, and injured world record breaking pilot Ryan Campbell, 21, destroyed the only […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing. 1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. 1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid […]
RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on Jan. 1. An official transfer from the air force’s 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on Tuesday. The […]

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‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force moved the Lockheed C-141C Starlifter “Hanoi Taxi” into the museum’s new fourth building on Dec. 16. The aircraft, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war out of North Vietnam in February 1973, will be displayed in the Global Reach Gallery. The 224,000 square foot […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1916 – Flight Sub Lt. Arthur Ince, a Royal Flying Corps observer, shoots down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium; it becomes the first Canadian aerial victory. Ince is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 1952 – A Royal Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies into […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1878 – Birth of George Edward Maurice Kelly, an American aviator who later becomes the first member of the U.S. military killed in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 1914 – The British roundel is adopted for aircraft identification. 1933 – First flight of the Bernard 82, French single-engined, long-range bomber prototype. 1941 – U. […]
RAF Gets Final Chinook HC6s

RAF Gets Final Chinook HC6s

Boeing has delivered the last of 14 new-build CH-47 Chinook HC6 helicopters to the UK’s Royal Air Force, taking the service’s total inventory of the heavy-lift type to 60. Based at RAF Odiham in the south of England, the UK’s Chinook force also includes the HC3 and HC4 variants, with the former in the process of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andre René Celestin Herbelin, French World War I flying ace. 1932 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew in a Dornier Wal complete the first flight around the world by a seaplane. The flight takes a 111 days. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 shown), a military single-engine trainer and Italy’s first […]
“A date which will live in infamy”

“A date which will live in infamy”

Today, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed in the United States to honor the victims who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. This day or remembrance was designated by the United States Congress on August 23, 1994, and includes the tradition […]
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