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Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

As the Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team beginning April 1 to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Active-duty, Reserve and Guard units ceased all aviation support […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot, was born. Colstermann was a French flying ace, author, engineer and politician. 1937 – First flight of the Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Allied reporting name “Ann”). It is the first Japanese aircraft to be powered by a modern two-row radial engine. 1947 – U. S. Army Air Forces Captain Robert E. Thacker (pilot) and Lieutenant […]

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Reminder: WWII Aircraft Foundation Charity Auction

Reminder: WWII Aircraft Foundation Charity Auction

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is a Cyclone radial […]
Doolittle Raider, Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

Doolittle Raider, Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

Now, he’s flying with the angels. Tom Griffin, one of just five surviving Doolittle Raiders, died Tuesday night in his sleep at the Fort Thomas VA hospital in Kentucky. He navigated one of 16 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific during the early dark days of […]

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Aussies Show Off New Tanker Transport

Aussies Show Off New Tanker Transport

The two Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters approach the 27-meter-long hoses trailing from the wings of the Airbus airliner like hungry calves seeking out a mother’s teat. High above Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, Australia, yesterday afternoon, the latest inclusion to the Royal Australian Air Force inventory, the KC-30A multirole tanker transport, demonstrated how Australia was now […]
Book Review: Roy Grinnell, Artist of the Aces

Book Review: Roy Grinnell, Artist of the Aces

There were some high clouds in the sky over Bernieres-sur-Mer, a tiny town in the Normandy region of France, on June 29, 1944. It was typical weather along the English Channel, yet probably more pleasant than the previous week or so, when a storm lasting four days battered the area. Still, an accurate forecast for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace. 1937 – First flight of the Fiat G.50 Arrow, a World War II Italian fighter and Italy’s first single-seat, all-metal monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to go into production. 1941 – Philippine Airlines is founded, making it Asia’s first and oldest […]
Medals of British WWII Ace to be Sold

Medals of British WWII Ace to be Sold

The family of a legendary World War II pilot is having to sell his treasured medal collection for £120,000 ($181,944) to pay for the hero’s care home fees. Wing Commander Bransome “Branse” Burbridge was the Royal Air Force’s most prolific night-fighter pilot of the war, claiming 21 enemy kills. He downed four German planes in a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by the brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. 1930 – Ralph O’Neil lands in Miami on the first mail service of America airline New York, Rio […]
Collings Foundation Sets Date for Bomber Camp 2013

Collings Foundation Sets Date for Bomber Camp 2013

Do you remember watching Twelve O’Clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly – your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine?” The Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program, set for May 29-30 in Stockton, Calif., […]
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