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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. […]
‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

Dan Mullin had a curt answer when somebody at New Jersey’s Naval Air Station Wildwood questioned the effectiveness of the tail guns on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “We won the war,” said Mullin, 94, of Ocean City. That was the short answer Monday as the World War II veteran, who flew bombers during missions […]

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

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British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

A British Army aviation squadron now based in Suffolk, England, has celebrated 70 years of flying, half of which has been spent on operations. The 656 Squadron, part of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was formed during the Second World War to fly artillery observation missions in Auster AOP observation aircraft and is now at the […]
WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a […]
RAAF F-111 Begins Tour Enroute to Museum

RAAF F-111 Begins Tour Enroute to Museum

An retired General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark, known by its Royal Australian Air Force number A8-113, will be transported by road from RAAF Base Amberley to the Aviation Historic Society Museum in Darwin. The road convoy, with the aircraft on a low loader with wings and tail transported separately, will also stop at selected towns along […]

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Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

After a lengthy restoration process, the historic Fairey Gannet airplane known as XT752, housed at Wisconsin’s New Richmond Regional Airport, is ready for its official unveiling. The public is invited to Hangar 11-12 today from 6 to 9 p.m. to see the newly restored British warplane, nicknamed “Janet the Gannet.” Owned by Shannan Hendricks from the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer, World War I flying ace, inventor and influential advocate of strategic air power. 1912 – First machine gun fired from an airplane; U.S. Army Capt. Charles Chandler fired a prototype Lewis Gun from the foot-bar of a Wright Model B Flyer. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also called […]

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New Aircraft to Bring Economic Boost to Mildenhall

New Aircraft to Bring Economic Boost to Mildenhall

The U.S. Air Force’s 352nd Special Operations Group (SOG) at RAF Mildenhall in eastern England will begin its expansion this summer. Beginning this month, the first two of 10 Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and the first of 12 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II fixed-wing aircraft will arrive at the base. The new aircraft will come with […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he would become the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force. 1910 – Robert Martinet wins the first cross-country air race, between Angers and Saumur, France in a Farman; he takes 31 mins., […]
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