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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver and pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout flies a 90-horsepower Golden Eagle Chief to an altitude of 15,200 feet, breaking the light class aircraft altitude record. 1946 – First flight of the Lavochkin La-9 (shown), a post-World War II Soviet fighter. 1955 – As part of an [...]

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Backfire Bombers Getting Upgrades

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments

There’s no bomber quite like a Backfire. In many ways, Russia’s Tu-22M3 is a Cold War throwback. An intermediate-range, variable-geometry machine, the Tupolev design really gave NATO planners headaches in the 1970s and ’80s. If the Cold War had turned hot, Tu-22Ms would have attacked high-profile targets including American aircraft carrier battle groups in the [...]

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2014 Eagle Recalls D-Day, Lost Comrades

Jun 13, 2014 No Comments

With more than 7,500 flight hours logged in more than 130 types of aircraft, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, a 2014 Eagle who visited Maxwell (Ala.) Air Force Base for the Gathering of Eagles June 2-6, has cemented his position as a pioneer in American military during times of war. During [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

1917 – Death of John Arthur Vessey, British World War I flying ace; he is killed in a flying accident in his Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 1919 – French aviatrix Baronne Delaroche sets an altitude record of 15,748 feet. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator and American politician; he later [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

1874 – Birth of Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr., American aviation pioneer. 1920 – First flight of the Verville VCP-1 (shown), an American biplane fighter; it is later rebuilt into a successful racing aircraft. 1944 – The crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force Consolidated Canso of No. 162 Squadron sinks German submarine U-980 north of [...]

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Skyraider Wreck Discovered in Florida

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

WarbirdsNews recently learned of the discovery in April of the wreck of a long-lost Douglas AD-4 Skyraider AD-4 in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft was located by the aviation-archeology minded volunteers at Aeroquest.org, and we have reproduced some of their photographs here for your interest. The group had actually been out on a quest to locate the remains [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 16-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet. 1929 – Birth of James Alton McDivitt, Korean War fighter pilot; he later became a test pilot and a NASA astronaut. 1967 – First flight of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: “Flogger”), a Soviet variable-geometry fighter aircraft. 1972 – [...]

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Spanish Pilot Killed in Eurofighter Crash

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

The pilot of a Spanish air force Eurofighter was killed when his combat aircraft crashed at Morón air base near Seville on Monday. Spain’s defense ministry named the deceased pilot as 30-year-old Capt Fernando Lluna Carrascosa, who it said had accumulated more than 600 flight hours’ experience on the Eurofighter. The cause of the accident – which happened as [...]

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