Military

Last Toast for the Doolittle Raiders

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

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

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 15, 2013 No Comments

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

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

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 [...]

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Video: First F-35B Vertical Landing at Night

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

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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Selfridge Aviation Museum Opens Season with Three Warbirds

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

History and aviation buffs can rejoice at the season opening of the Selfridge Military Air Museum near Mount Clemens, Mich., this month. The museum on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is open to the public from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, starting now through October 27. [...]

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Dutch Government Opts to Store F-35 Test Aircraft

Apr 10, 2013 No Comments

The Netherlands is to place its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II test aircraft into temporary storage, pending a final decision on how to replace its air force’s F-16 Falcon fighters, also built by Lockheed Martin. Newly appointed defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced the decision to park the test assets in a letter to the Dutch parliament on [...]

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