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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Julius Fichter, German World War I flying ace. 1930 – Roy W. Ammel takes off in the Lockeed Explorer “Blue Flash” for the first non-stop flight from New York to Panama. 1946 – First flight of the Lockheed R6V Constitution (shown), an American large, propeller-driven, double-decker transport aircraft developed for the […]
Chinese Offering ‘F-35-Style’ Fighter

Chinese Offering ‘F-35-Style’ Fighter

China’s AVIC is displaying a model of the FC-31 fifth-generation fighter for the first time at Dubai, having first aired the concept at Airshow China in Zhuhai last year. A product of the Shenyang concern, the FC-31 is based to a large extent on that of a “J-31” prototype (31001) that has been flying since […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Maurice Albert Rousselle, French World War I flying ace. 1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories on that day with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed). 1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, departs Germany for Seville, Spain, to support Nationalist […]
A-10s, AC-130 Doing CAS in Turkey

A-10s, AC-130 Doing CAS in Turkey

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft operating out of Incirlik airbase in Turkey provided “devastating” close air support for U.S.-backed Syrian-Arab fighters in taking a town in northwestern Syria from the Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. The A-10s were joined by a Lockheed AC-130 Spectre gunship in clearing the way for the U.S.-aligned […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Frank Ormond “Mongoose” Soden, Canadian World War I fighter ace who stayed and served in the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1909 – Royal Air Force Lt. Col. Alec Ogilvie, CBE, an early British aviation pioneer, a friend of the Wright Brothers and only the seventh British person to […]
Rides Available on Dauntless This Weekend

Rides Available on Dauntless This Weekend

The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing will fly its rare Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber at Aviation Day on Saturday at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. The meticulously restored World War II aircraft will offer rides for sale throughout the event, which is hosted by the Lee County Transportation Authority. The Dauntless Dive bomber is the only U.S. […]

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‘FIFI’ Returing to Florida in Spring

‘FIFI’ Returing to Florida in Spring

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, is headed to Florida this spring for a seven-city, six-week tour. “FIFI” is the only flying B-29 in the world. The B-29 will be accompanied by a variety of other World War II aircraft including the beloved Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, “Bucket of Bolts;” a North American […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of James Dudley Beane, American World War I flying ace, killed in action near Bantheville, France. 1935 – A United Air Lines Boeing 247D crashes during an instrument check flight near Cheyenne, Wyo., killing the four crew aboard. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France, as well as the […]

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Turkey Gifting T-37s to Pakistan

Turkey Gifting T-37s to Pakistan

Turkey is to donate 34 Cessna T-37 Tweet jet trainers-light attack aircraft to Pakistan in an agreement signed on Wednesday. The decision followed high-level military talks between the two countries in Ankara, where Turkey agreed to supply the aircraft plus spares “gratis” to Islamabad. Gen. Naveed Ahmed, director general of defence procurement for Pakistan, signed the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1939 – Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires of No. 602 and No. 603 Squadrons bring down a Heinkel He-111 near Haddington in Lothian. This is the first enemy aircraft to be brought down on mainland Britain during World War II. 1949 […]
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