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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1836 – Birth of Almerico da Schio, Italian aviation pioneer. 1924 – The dirigible LZ 126 is commissioned into the U. S. Navy as USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D. C. 1930 – A flight of Fairey IIIDs of the Royal Air Force No. 47 Squadron return to Khartoum, […]
Turkey Downs Russian Su-24 Fencer

Turkey Downs Russian Su-24 Fencer

NATO faced being thrust into a new Middle Eastern crisis on Tuesday after warplanes from member state Turkey shot down a Russian jet that Turkish officials said had violated their country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The incident marked a serious escalation in the Syrian conflict that is likely to further strain relations between […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – The Uruguayan Escuela Militar de Aeoronautica is founded. 1917 – Death of Edward Patrick Hartigan, Irish World War I flying ace, and his observer, David Sidney Hall, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in their Airco DH.4. 1945 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Pacusan Dreamboat” sets a world nonstop distance […]
USAF Debuts New Sentry

USAF Debuts New Sentry

The U.S. Air Force has sent its newly upgraded Boeing E-3G Sentry into harm’s way for the first time on a deployment to Southwest Asia, where it will presumably be supporting the increasingly cluttered air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The deployment that began Nov. 18 marks the Boeing Block 40/45 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Alessandro Resch, Italian World War I flying ace and airliner pilot. 1919 – Death of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace, volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1940 – The formation of the Air […]
Marine Osprey Set Distance Record

Marine Osprey Set Distance Record

The U.S. Marine Corps set a new distance record for Bell Boeing Osprey flights on Tuesday as three MV-22Bs traveled from California to Brazil. Flight crews from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 flew 6,165 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Rio de Janeiro. The Marines made the journey as part of UNITAS Amphibious 2015, a nine-day multinational maritime exercise that runs through Nov. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1931 – Birth of John A. Manke, NASA test pilot who flew 42 lifting body rocketplane missions. 1940 – The Handley Page Halifax, a British four-engined heavy bomber, enters service with the Royal Air Force’s No. 35 Squadron. 1947 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52 (shown), a British all-metal turbojet-powered flying wing. 1985 – Death of Alexander Ivanovich […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Constant Emmanuel Plessis, French World War I flying ace. 1917 – Death of Mortimer Sackville West, British World War I flying ace, killed in a flying accident. 1935 – United Airlines Flight 227, a Boeing 727, crashes short of the runway while attempting a scheduled landing at Salt Lake City International […]

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Students Restore Cobra for Veterans Day

Students Restore Cobra for Veterans Day

Alabama Aviation Center at Ozark students spent nights and weekends working on restoring a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter. This Veterans Day, they presented their work to the community. Students, veterans and officials gathered outside the Alabama Aviation Center at Ozark to see the helicopter, which has been mounted on a metal frame in front of the college […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Julius Fichter, German World War I flying ace. 1930 – Roy W. Ammel takes off in the Lockeed Explorer “Blue Flash” for the first non-stop flight from New York to Panama. 1946 – First flight of the Lockheed R6V Constitution (shown), an American large, propeller-driven, double-decker transport aircraft developed for the […]
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