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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory by shooting down a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1945 – The Royal Air Force begins Operation Manna; an “airdrop” of 11,000 tons of food into the still-unliberated western part of the Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2. 1933 – First flight of the Fiat CR.32 (shown), Italian biplane fighter used in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 1947 – A Trans-Canada Air Lines Lockheed 18-08A Lodestar crashes on […]

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Resto Team Prepping Second Bobcat

Resto Team Prepping Second Bobcat

“If you’re going to go through all the trouble of fixing up an airplane…let it fly!” So says Jack Kosko, the leader of his team of volunteer aircraft restorers, sometimes referred to as “Kosko’s Krew” or the “Fawn Grove Crew.” And Jack Kosko has certainly lived up to his words. Tucked away in a hangar […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Elsa Andersson, Sweden’s first female aviator and stunt parachutist. 1910 – Frenchman Louis Paulhan takes off his Farman III in the London to Manchester air race, marking the first long-distance aeroplane race in England, the first take-off of a heavier-than-air machine at night, and the first powered flight into Manchester from […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of René Leduc, French engineer and aircraft designer who becomes acclaimed for his work on ramjets. 1917 – Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first U. S. Army officer to fly over German lines. 1946 – First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-15 (shown), a first-generation Soviet turbojet fighter. 1984 – Death of Philip Fletcher Fullard, British World War I […]
Boeing: Five C-17As Still for Sale

Boeing: Five C-17As Still for Sale

Boeing said it still had five C-17A Globemaster transports for sale following confirmation that the Royal Australian Air Force would take another two. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced April 10 the purchase of the two strategic airlifters at RAAF Base Amberley, southwest of Brisbane. The two aircraft will bring the total number of C-17s […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led CNAC (China National Aviation Corp.) through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. 1924 – First flight of the Stout 2-AT “Pullman” (shown), an American single-engine, all-metal monoplane designed to haul passengers and cargo. 1941 – German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers sink the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1928 – Sir (George) Hubert Wilkins and pilot Carl Ben Eielson complete the first-ever crossing of the Arctic by airplane from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitsbergen, Norway, in their Lockheed Vega. 1933 – First flight of the U.S.S. Macon (shown), an American rigid airship built and operated by the U.S. Navy for scouting and capable […]

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USMC Incorporates F-35B Into Plans

USMC Incorporates F-35B Into Plans

U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilots are refining a new plan for air-to-air combat as they integrate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter with older jets, and it will mirror aspects of how the U.S. Air Force adapted its fleet to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The concept is called the Hornet Standard Game Plan, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Charles Humphrey Kingsman, British naval aviator during World War I and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He later makes the first aerial torpedo attack on a ship. 1936 – Vladimir Konstantinovich Kokkinaki performs the Nesterov Loop for the first time with a twin-engine aircraft, […]
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