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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Maurice Farman, French aviation pioneer and manufacturer, is born. He set world endurance and speed records in flying in 1909 and manufactured airplanes. 1916 – U.S. Coast Guard Capt.-Commandant Ellsworth P. Bertholf orders Coast Guard experimentation with the use of aircraft and directs Third Lt. Elmer F. Stone to begin flight training. It is the […]
Air Heritage to Hold C-47 Debut Next Month

Air Heritage to Hold C-47 Debut Next Month

For a celebrated warplane, spraying mosquitoes in Florida was an ignominious way to retire. That’s why Paul Luehring said he and his buddies were so excited to welcome the World War II veteran to its hangar at Air Heritage Inc. in Beaver Falls, Pa., last December. The museum and aircraft restoration facility at the Beaver County […]

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FIFI, Diamond Lil Join Airventure 2013 Lineup

FIFI, Diamond Lil Join Airventure 2013 Lineup

Two of World War II’s most iconic aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s “Ghost Squadron” at The World Greatest Aviation Celebration. The airplanes will be among the two most noteworthy of the hundreds of warbird aircraft at […]
Redstone Arsenal Delivers New Jump Plane to Army’s Golden Knights

Redstone Arsenal Delivers New Jump Plane to Army’s Golden Knights

The U.S. Army Parachute Team – better known as the Golden Knights – recently made it first paratroop jumps from a new Twin Otter aircraft procured by the Fixed Wing Project Office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. The jumps took place at Florida’s Homestead Air Reserve Base where team members conduct winter training. The Army’s […]

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Flying On Board the ‘Belle’

Flying On Board the ‘Belle’

If you’ve seen the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle,” you may have recognized the big World War II-era plane that was soaring above San Diego on Monday. The fully restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress featured in the film is here on the West Coast for the first time as part of a national tour. In this KFMB-TV video […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Jake Swirbul, American co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., was born. 1916 – German ace Ernst Udet scores his first kill; his 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. 1939 – The first Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner, due to be delivered to Pan Am after testing and certification, crashes, killing all 10 […]

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Same Mission, New Name for E-11A unit in Afghanistan

Same Mission, New Name for E-11A unit in Afghanistan

The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway, a unit based at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan flying the Northrop Grumman E-11A, was re-designated during a ceremony on March 13. It is now the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. “This deployment is a great opportunity for these warriors to serve their country, and being deployed here during the time […]
Support High as Elite Squadrons Fly Last Shows for 2013

Support High as Elite Squadrons Fly Last Shows for 2013

Wave goodbye to the military air show, America’s muscle-flex of aerial might. At least for now. The automatic budget cuts that are expected to furlough federal workers, reduce access to national parks and cut social programs also threaten to ground the nation’s elite flight squadrons: the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Both aerial teams are […]

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Yagen Mosquito Comes Home

Yagen Mosquito Comes Home

When Jerry Yagen first saw the photographs, he was not impressed. The heap of decayed wood and crumbling parts didn’t look like much, let alone a warplane. During World War II, the wooden, twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was known for its speed, built by the British and used as a reconnaissance plane, a fighter and a bomber. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – The U.S. Army forms the 1st Aero Squadron under Capt. Charles Chandler at Texas City, Texas, to scout for Mexican incursions along the border. 1932 – Alan Bean, American astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon (shown above), was born. 1941 – Philippine Airlines, the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name, begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 with […]
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