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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Rosina Ferrario, the first Italian woman to obtain a pilot license. 1914 – The first torpedo drop by a British aircraft is carried out by Arthur Murray Longmore from a Short Admiralty Type 81 (Short Folder), a British two-seat floatplane. 1938 – Harold Lee Neely, flying a Sversky P-35, achieves a […]
Armorers reload a Hurricane's .303 machine guns, a vital part of preparing for the next sortie. (Photo courtesy of EN-Archive)

Iconic Firepower: Guns of the Battle

Ordnance Philosophies Differed By Barrett Tillman How do you kill an airplane? Essentially there are only three methods: Destroy the airframe, such as severing a wing spar. Destroy the powerplant or systems, rendering the aircraft unable to maneuver or maintain altitude. Kill or incapacitate the crew. The aircraft weapons of the Battle of Britain were […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II. 1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe. 1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype […]
A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway? Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan. By having A-10s […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, Belarusian Soviet aircraft constructor and designer. 1920 – Donald W. Douglas and Davis R. Davis found the Davis-Douglas Co. in Los Angeles, Calif.; the Cloister (shown) is its only product. 1933 – Wiley Post lands back at New York City’s Floyd Bennett Field in his Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing the first round-the-world […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Marcel Robert Leopold Bloch, French World War I flying ace. 1921 – U.S. Army Air Service Martin NBS-1 bombers sink the decommissioned German battleship Ostfriesland in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes after Billy Mitchell urges bombing trials to show the power of aircraft to sink major warships. 1932 – Wolfgang […]
AirVenture Kicks Off in Oshkosh

AirVenture Kicks Off in Oshkosh

Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport once again became the world’s busiest airport this weekend as tens of thousands of people flocked in for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2015. “Welcome to Oshkosh, and have a great day,” was the familiar greeting from the control tower as hundreds of aircraft from around the globe touched down Sunday on the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, a British officer in the Royal Naval Air Service who becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1929 – Delta Air Lines begins commercial aircraft operations as an aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in  Macon, Ga. 1939 – First flight of the Bristol Beaufighter, originally conceived as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of Karl Illner, Austrian aviation pioneer. 1917 – Death of Thomas “Tom” Wesley Benoist, American aviation pioneer who started the first scheduled aircraft service and founded Benoist Aircraft Co. 1919 – To protest against the fact pilots have to parade on foot at the World War I victory parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French pilot Charles […]
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