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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Ensign John McNamara makes the first U.S. Navy attack on a submarine. 1926 – Willy Messerschmitt, a graduate of Munich Technical College and already an experienced designer of light aircraft and sailplanes, forms the Messerschmitt aircraft company. 1928 – Jim Lovell, American astronaut, was born. James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, which […]
Navy to Cut Four Carrier Air Wings, Training Schedules

Navy to Cut Four Carrier Air Wings, Training Schedules

Due to spending cuts, U.S. Navy aircraft will be sent into long-term storage, training will be limited to a simulator and the daily routine will shift to admin work. And it may begin as soon as April. These are the latest details from Naval Air Forces, which is planning for the standdown of four carrier […]

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Georgia Museum to Shed 32 Warbirds, Missiles

Georgia Museum to Shed 32 Warbirds, Missiles

For the first time in its 29-year history, the Museum of Aviation at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base is downsizing. The museum is getting rid of 29 planes and three missiles, which is about a third of its total collection. Museum Director Ken Emery said the move is largely due to U.S. Air Force personnel cuts […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – James S. Russell, U.S. Navy admiral and pilot, is born. He was instrumental in the capture of the Aleutian, or Koga’s, Zero, a Japanese fighter plane which crash-landed on Akutan Island, Alaska Territory, during World War II. It was captured intact in July 1942 and became the first flyable Zero acquired by the U.S. during the war. 1919 – The first regular […]

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Marine F-35B Conducts First Vertical Landing

Marine F-35B Conducts First Vertical Landing

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off-Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on Thursday. Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B Lightning II test pilot, conducted VMFA-121’s first short landing and takeoff as well as […]
Florida Air Show a Swan Song for Thunderbirds

Florida Air Show a Swan Song for Thunderbirds

Brevard County, Fla., hosts its share of festivals — at the park, on the beach, in the water and up in the air. The 36th annual Tico Warbird AirShow takes flight today through Sunday at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. The headlining Air Force Thunderbirds will make their first appearance at the event. However, it […]

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The Weirdest Aircraft of the 20th Century

The Weirdest Aircraft of the 20th Century

The 20th Century gave us the Wright Brothers, the 747 and the Concorde. But it also gave us some of the strangest things ever to take to the skies. Here are some of the most insane aircraft ever conceived. For the complete story by Vincze Miklos of io9.com, click here. Photo by Aerocar For Sale
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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]
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