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Missouri Man Recalls Flying for ‘Pappy’ Boyington

Missouri Man Recalls Flying for ‘Pappy’ Boyington

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ed Harper is a true-blue example of the soldiers of World War II. He sits back in his easy chair at his Lake Saint Louis home on one of those sunny days when winter battles with spring recalling how he was just 18 when he and the rest of America […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – French World War I ace Jean Navarre score his first kill, a German Aviatik north of Fismes, France. As one of the pioneer flying aces, he would be credited with twelve confirmed aerial victories. 1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed. 1935 – First flight of the North American T-6 Texan (shown above); more than 15,000 of these trainers are later built. 1954 – Last […]

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New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

An estimated 30,000 people will be ironing out the kinks in their necks after spending the weekend gazing at the sky at the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow near Blenheim, New Zealand. Airshow organiser Graham Orphan said that despite rain on Saturday, the crowd was out in force for the seventh biennial airshow at the Omaka […]
USAF F-22s Join South Korean Drills

USAF F-22s Join South Korean Drills

The U.S. sent Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the U.S. commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea. The advanced, radar-evading F-22s were deployed to Osan Air Base, the main U.S. Air Force base in South Korea, from Japan to support ongoing […]

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Canadian Museum Gets Starfighter

Canadian Museum Gets Starfighter

Thomas Hinderks felt like a kid at Christmas when two shipping containers delivered pieces of a Canadair CF-104D Starfighter aircraft to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Canada, Friday morning. After waiting almost 18 months to acquire the Cold War-era plane from the Netherlands, the museum’s executive director didn’t hesitate to sling himself up six feet […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot, was born; she was a test pilot on the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and Dornier Do 17 as well as one of the few pilots to fly the Focke-Achgelis Fa 61, the first fully controllable helicopter. 1939 – The Curtiss YP-37 (shown above), a single-engined fighter based on the company’s […]

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Silver Star Recipient Recounts Vietnam Evac Flight

Silver Star Recipient Recounts Vietnam Evac Flight

Frank Montgomery doesn’t fit the image of the typical Vietnam veteran. First of all, he’s 89 years old, and Vietnam wasn’t his first taste of a combat zone. A World War II veteran who also served during the Korean War, Montgomery was flying North American P-51 Mustang fighter planes before most of his fellow Vietnam […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Henri Fabre makes the first flights in the world’s first seaplane, which he invented, at Matigues, France. 1931 – Boeing Air Transport, National Air Transport, Varney Airlines and Pacific Air Transport combine as United Air Lines, providing coast-to-coast passenger and mail service in the U.S. It takes 27 hours to fly the route in one direction. 1961 – The Royal Canadian […]

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Washington-State Air Base Receives Its Last C-17

Washington-State Air Base Receives Its Last C-17

McChord Field, near Tacoma, Wash., has been home to several military cargo aircraft going back to World War II: the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the Fairchild C-82 Packet, the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II and the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. But none has been called to war for as long as the four-engine Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. McChord […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – Romanian Trajan Vuia begins tests of his airplane, newly fitted with steering surfaces. He makes a short flight of 33 feet in Paris, France. 1931 – The crash of a TWA Fokker F.10 at Bazaar, Kan., prompts the first grounding of an aircraft type. The grounding was ordered by the U.S. Commerce Department. 1945 – The final V-2 missile to hit England […]
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