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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Phillip Bernard “Bruce” Prothero, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1919 – Royal Air Force Maj. A.S.C. MacLaren and Capt. Robert Halley arrive in Delhi, completing the first England-India flight, in a Handley Page V/1500. 1937 – First flight of the Beechcraft Model 18, or “Twin Beech” (military version, the Beech [...]

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U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. The United Nations force started using drones – a first for the world body – last month to help it monitor armed groups operating along Congo’s border zone with [...]

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Ohio Aviation Museum Two Showcases in One

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

Liberty Aviation Museum, located in picturesque Port Clinton, Ohio, is actually two museums in one. As you walk into the gallery, you are struck by telling two stories. As you enter the main gallery, traditional World War II items are on display. Anything from flight suits to instrument panels and even a piece of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

1906 – First air exhibition of the Aero Club of America opens for eight days in the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City. 1917 – Capt. C.F. Collet of the Royal Flying Corps becomes the first British service flyer to make parachute jump when he uses a Calthrop “Guardian Angel” parachute [...]

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Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. “It’s still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane,” said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

1793 – The first balloon flight in North America is made by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard, ascending from Philadelphia, Pa., and landing in Deptford, Gloucester County, N.J. 1900 – Birth of Richard Halliburton, American traveler, adventurer, and author; he would later fly around the world (Flying Carpet Expedition) in a Stearman C-3B. 1918 – Death of Max Ritter [...]

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On the Spitfire Mystique

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

When Hermann Goring, head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force, met some senior officers during the Battle of Britain, he asked if there was anything he could give them to improve the Luftwaffe’s performance. Adolf Galland, Germany’s leading fighter pilot of the Second World War, answered: “Give me a squadron of Spitfires.” Nothing sums [...]

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Two Crewmen Lost in Navy Crash

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

Two crewmen have died, the Navy says, after one of its helicopters crashed during a training mission off the coast of Virginia. The Navy said in a statement Wednesday that a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter had gone into the waters off Virginia Beach near Fort Story. The two who died were among four crewmen [...]

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