Military

Cactus Air Force to Build Museum

May 23, 2013 No Comments

The Cactus Air Force received approval from the Carson City (Nev.) Airport Authority to build a military aircraft and vehicle museum at the Carson City Airport. The CAF’s Wings and Wheels Museum will be a nonprofit, public museum dedicated to celebrating aviation and military history through preserving, restoring, displaying and use of U.S. military aircraft and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 23, 2013 No Comments

1848 – Otto Lilienthal, a key figure in the history of flying, is born in Germany. He became the first man to fly (glide) with both regularity and control. The Wright brothers regarded his 1899 book as their bible. 1928 – Umberto Nobile commands the Italian airship Italia on an ill-fated flight over the North Pole. The airship crashes on its way back, and explorer Roald Amundsen is killed [...]

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Soviet Military Aviation During World War II

May 23, 2013 No Comments

For a look at the planes and people that fought for the Soviet Union in World War II, EnglishRussia.com, a Russian blog that covers a variety of subjects, yesterday posted a fascinating photo album. To see it, click here.

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U.S. Air Force Museum Announces New R&D Displays

May 22, 2013 No Comments

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s planned fourth building will now include aircraft from the Research and Development (R&D) Gallery, along with a new Presidential Gallery, an expanded Space Gallery and select global reach planes. The addition of many of the R&D aircraft will allow visitors to see the popular North American XB-70 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 22, 2013 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Jacques Victor Sabattier de Vignolle, French World War I flying ace. 1918 – First flight of the Handley Page V/1500, a British night-flying heavy bomber. 1957 – A U.S. Air Force Convair B-36J Peacemaker (shown above), ferrying a Mark 17 nuclear bomb from Biggs AFB, Texas to Kirtland AFB, N.M., accidentally drops it through [...]

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Commemorative Air Force Museum to Celebrate Memorial Day

May 21, 2013 No Comments

A celebration honoring those who fought for our freedom will be held this Memorial Day, May 27, by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) at its Midland (Texas) International Airport base. The event begins 11 a.m. where families can see the North American B-25 Mitchell Devil Dog and enjoy traditional ceremonies, Open Cockpit Day, and free admission [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 21, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Ruth Bancroft Law, pioneer American aviatrix and the first woman to loop the loop in an airplane as well as the first woman to make a night flight. 1927 – Charles A. Lindbergh lands his Ryan NYP monoplane Spirit of St. Louis (shown above) at Le Bourget, France; he is the [...]

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Recalling the Japanese Bomber Attack on Oregon

May 21, 2013 No Comments

It was a little after 6 a.m. on Sept. 9, 1942. A tiny seaplane with red balls painted on its wings was making its way through the skies over Brookings, Ore. At the controls was a young man named Nobuo Fujita; behind him, in the observer’s seat, looking intensely at the ground, was another, named [...]

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