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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

  1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 Junkers Ju 88 bombers of the Luftwaffe bombs the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard […]
Ex-Army Ute Arrives in Florida

Ex-Army Ute Arrives in Florida

WarbirdsNews recently reported on progress with the 138th Aviation Company Memorial in Florida and their efforts to create a fitting monument to the service and sacrifice of the men and women of their unit from the Viet Nam War through the Gulf War. Two weeks ago, they transported a former U.S. Army Beech RU-21A Ute from the donor, Dynamic Aviation in […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Orlando Clive “Bridget” Bridgeman, British World War I flying ace. 1905 – The Aero Club of America is established in New York City. 1938 – A Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor makes the airline’s first flight to Japan, flying non-stop from Berlin to Tokyo via Basra, Karachi, and Hanoi. The 8,841-mile flight […]
Last C-17 Leaves Long Beach Factory

Last C-17 Leaves Long Beach Factory

The final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif., departed on Sunday, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach. The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to the Qatar […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Birth of Jean Tulasne, French World War II flying ace. 1940 – British West Indian Airways is established. 1941 – Death of Arístides García López Rengel, Spanish Nationalist fighter ace of the civil war; he goes missing in action while serving with the Spanish expeditionary squadron in Russia. 1969 – First flight of […]
C-17 to Star at Warbirds Over Wanaka

C-17 to Star at Warbirds Over Wanaka

The U.S. Air Force has confirmed it will be part of the flying display next March at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow for the first time in the 28-year history of the New Zealand event. The Pacific Air Forces Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team is hosted by the 15th Wing of the USAF at […]

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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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