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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1935 – Brothers Fred and Algene Key fly twenty-seven days without landing, setting a world record for sustained flight in a Curtis Robin J-1 named “Ole Miss.” 1942 – The Battle of Midway, a face-off between four Japanese aircraft carriers and three U.S. carriers, begins with a predawn […]
Avro Vulcan to Headline Scottish Air Show

Avro Vulcan to Headline Scottish Air Show

The 2013 Leuchars Airshow in northeast Scotland will offer the general public the chance to see the mighty Avro Vulcan V bomber in Scottish skies one more time when it joins the flying display on Sept. 7. Tickets for the show, which are already available online, went on sale at selected VisitScotland outlets at the weekend. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Francis Thomas Evans, Sr., one of the earliest U.S. Marine Corps aviators, the first person to perform a loop in seaplane and a pioneer of stall and spin recovery techniques. 1936 – The British Air Ministry awarded a contract to Hawker for 600 Hurricane Mk. 1 fighters, the first of a new breed of […]
B-25 Rides Available in New Mexico

B-25 Rides Available in New Mexico

We’ve all seen Hollywood movies about World War II where American bomber pilots suit up for their dangerous bombing missions over Europe and in the Pacific, returning in shot-up planes and landing on a wing and a prayer. Others have heard stories first-hand from the family members who were bomber pilots and bombardiers and lived […]

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Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Men known for their prowess in flight, coupled with rich military heritage, form “boulders” for the Wings Over Salina Aviation Experience that is gathering nuggets for a multimillion-dollar project in Kansas. The idea snared Randy Hassler’s fancy years ago. “It’s been on my bucket list since I’ve been on the (Salina Airport Authority) board,” said […]
Indian Air Force Inducts PC-7 Trainers

Indian Air Force Inducts PC-7 Trainers

The Indian Air Force training academy at Dundigal witnessed the induction of the Pilatus PC-7 MkII, a basic trainer aircraft, on Friday. Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh unveiled the turboprop-engined plane at a ceremony. Led by Group Capt. R.S. Nandedkar, three PC-7 MkII aircraft put up an air display for dignitaries, which included […]

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RAF Museum Set to Raise German Bomber from English Channel

RAF Museum Set to Raise German Bomber from English Channel

A British museum is about to haul 8 tons of history out of the English Channel — the only remaining German Dornier bomber from the World War II Blitz on London. The plane, one of a formation of twin-engined Dornier Do 17s that Hitler sent to the southeast coast of England in his efforts to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of John Robertson Duigan, an Australian pioneer aviator who built and flew the first Australian-made aircraft. 1918 – Douglas Campbell becomes the first American aviator flying in an American unit,  the Pursuit 94th Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Service, to achieve the status of ace, scoring his fifth victory over a German Rumpler C reconnaissance biplane with […]

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B-17 Star of Bomber Fantasy Camp

B-17 Star of Bomber Fantasy Camp

A World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress roared into Stockton’s airport this week for B-17 Bomber Fantasy Camp, a historical re-creation of a bombing run over Nazi Germany, held in California. Thirteen warbird buffs came from all over the country for the two-day camp. They donned flight suits, got barked at by gruff instructors, fired […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Birth of Antonio Larsimont Pergameni, Spanish Civil War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1912 – Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45. His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first true powered flight in history. 1942 – Launch of the Royal […]
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