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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Dr. Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer, prominent German aviation and aerospace scientist and engineer, who ranks among the pioneers of early aviation. 1911 – Eugene B. Ely makes the first landing by an aircraft on a ship when he flies his Curtiss Model D pusher biplane from Selfridge Field near San Francisco to a specially prepared […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer and founder of the Glenn L. Martin Co. 1920 – The Venezuelan Air Force is formed, with a flying school at Maracay. 1934 – First flight of the Fairey Swordfish, later used by the Royal Navy to help cripple the German battleship Bismarck. 1973 –Federal Express, later known as FedEx, delivers its first […]

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Houston’s CAF Wing to Hold Open House

Houston’s CAF Wing to Hold Open House

Those big, old airplanes with the mighty round engines will be flying again this weekend at West Houston Airport’s Hangar B-5 as the Houston Wing of The Commemorative Air Force presents its 2013 Open House on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get an up-close view and hear the noise […]
The World’s 5 Finest Military Museums

The World’s 5 Finest Military Museums

Two of the top five military museums recently ranked by Maxim (you know, that well-known historical journal that only looks like a men’s magazine?) will interest aviation buffs: England’s Imperial War Museum and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (whose Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Five by Five” is shown above), located in Dayton, Ohio. […]

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Last Toast for the Doolittle Raiders

Last Toast for the Doolittle Raiders

This week marks the 71st anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan. Of the 80 men who took off in their North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier far off the coast of Japan, only four now remain. Three of the four are meeting this week in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., not far […]
Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, here’s your chance. The Stockton (Calif.) Field Aviation Museum and Vintage Aircraft are offering a B-17 gun turret on eBay and part of the proceeds will go toward the restoration of the museum’s flying 1945 Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon. Here’s a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly the English Channel. 1913 – First contest for the Schneider Trophy. Maurice Prévost wins in a Deperdussin monoplane, completing the 28 circuits of the 6.2-mile course with an average speed of 45.75 mph. 1935 – A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 makes the first airline flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii; it takes two days. 1956 – U.S. Navy […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot. is born. He would become one of only a few pilots to score victories in both wars. 1916 – Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy Air Service aircraft deliver 13 tons of stores into Kut el Amara, Mesopotamia, while it was besieged by the Turks. This was the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – John Howard Umney, an English flying ace from World War I, is born. He flew as a gunner-observer in the rear seat of Bristol F.2 Fighters, and was credited with 13 official aerial victories. 1911 – The U. S. Army sets up its first permanent flying school at College Park, Md. 1934 – Renato Donati sets an altitude record of […]
Video: First F-35B Vertical Landing at Night

Video: First F-35B Vertical Landing at Night

Amid all the controversy surrounding Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, the test force at Patuxent River, Md., recently distributed a great video of a B model doing the first JSF vertical landing at night. Thanks to DoDLive.mil, you can check out the video, below. 
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