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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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Iowa Guard Pilots Begin Taking Last Flights on F-16s

Iowa Guard Pilots Begin Taking Last Flights on F-16s

As the Iowa Air National Guard bids farewell to its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in Des Moines, it’s also the end of an era for Lt. Col. Travis Acheson and his father, Keith Acheson. The Achesons have both served as fighter pilots with the 132nd Fighter Wing. Dad retired in the early 1990s, […]
From Concept to Combat: Test Pilots Share Evolution of Flying Wing

From Concept to Combat: Test Pilots Share Evolution of Flying Wing

Sixty-five years ago yesterday, the flight test community suffered a tremendous loss June 5, 1948, when the Northrop YB-49 broke apart mid-air in the skies over the Mojave Desert. The jet-powered flying wing, crashed just five miles north of the base. All five crew members lost their lives that day, including Californian, Capt. Glen Edwards […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Albert Dossenbach, German World War I fighter ace. 1917 – England is attacked by a force of 22 Gotha bombers of the Imperial German Air Service at Sheerness in Kent. 1944 – More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day. 1948 – The second Northrop […]
Inside Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen’s WWII Airplane Collection

Inside Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen’s WWII Airplane Collection

Paul Allen is staring up at the barrel of an enormous gun – more like a cannon and more than twice his height. In the newly opened second hangar of his Flying Heritage Collection, the billionaire Microsoft cofounder points at an 88mm Flak 37, Nazi Germany’s most feared piece of artillery during World War II. Allen owns […]
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