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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace. 1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load. 1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.” 1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles [...]

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No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business. The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum [...]

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Army May Operate Apaches on Navy Ships

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle. Operating from ships at sea “seems to be a growth capability, and we do sense [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a [...]

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A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at [...]

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Oldest Surviving Chinook Restored

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

The oldest surviving Boeing CH-47A Chinook is being unveiled today just a year after it was delivered to a Delaware aviation company for restoration. Summit Aviation, based in Middletown, Del., restored aircraft no. 59-94984 for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., where it will be displayed following a ceremony. Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Yoshi-o Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1918 – Death of Walter Göttsch, German World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his Fokker Dr.I triplane. 1926 – Charles Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a St. Louis-to-Chicago mail route. 1981 – First flight of [...]

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Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers [...]

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