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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Jake Swirbul, American co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., was born. 1916 – German ace Ernst Udet scores his first kill; his 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. 1939 – The first Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner, due to be delivered to Pan Am after testing and certification, crashes, killing all 10 [...]

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Same Mission, New Name for E-11A unit in Afghanistan

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway, a unit based at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan flying the Northrop Grumman E-11A, was re-designated during a ceremony on March 13. It is now the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. “This deployment is a great opportunity for these warriors to serve their country, and being deployed here during the time [...]

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Support High as Elite Squadrons Fly Last Shows for 2013

Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

Wave goodbye to the military air show, America’s muscle-flex of aerial might. At least for now. The automatic budget cuts that are expected to furlough federal workers, reduce access to national parks and cut social programs also threaten to ground the nation’s elite flight squadrons: the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Both aerial teams are [...]

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Yagen Mosquito Comes Home

Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

When Jerry Yagen first saw the photographs, he was not impressed. The heap of decayed wood and crumbling parts didn’t look like much, let alone a warplane. During World War II, the wooden, twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was known for its speed, built by the British and used as a reconnaissance plane, a fighter and a bomber. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

1913 – The U.S. Army forms the 1st Aero Squadron under Capt. Charles Chandler at Texas City, Texas, to scout for Mexican incursions along the border. 1932 – Alan Bean, American astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon (shown above), was born. 1941 – Philippine Airlines, the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name, begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 with [...]

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Aussie F-111 Highway-Bound to Final Resting Place

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

A retired Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-111C aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland today, highway-bound for the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) at Port Adelaide. The convoy, transporting aircraft serial number A8-134, was set to depart RAAF Base Amberley, near Ipswich, at 2 a.m. It is scheduled to arrive at SAAM at 7 [...]

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Replica Me 262 Makes Air Tour Debut in Texas

Mar 14, 2013 1 Comment

A replica of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter of World War II makes its first public appearance Friday as the Collings Foundation’s Wing of Freedom tour visits Tyler Pounds Regional Airport this weekend in East Texas. Sixty years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Paul Engelhard makes the first flight in Switzerland, flying a Wright biplane from a frozen lake at St. Moritz. 1914 – Edward O’Hare, American pilot, is born; he was an aviator of the U.S. Navy who became the service’s first flying ace in 1942 and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. 1928 – The first Canadian woman to become a [...]

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