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CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

Jun 05, 2015 No Comments

Story by the Commemorative Air Force The transport aircraft that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, more than 70 years ago has been rediscovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. Believed lost to history, the airplane, a Douglas C-47, was slated to be cut apart and remanufactured as a modern turbo-prop. The Commemorative Air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 02, 2015 No Comments

1891 – Birth of René Paul Louis Dousinelle, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – Frank Hawks flies his Northrop Gamma 2A “Sky Chief” from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. 1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history [...]

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F-35 Set for ‘Green Flag West’ Exercise

Jun 02, 2015 No Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The exercise, which is called “Green Flag West” and runs through June 12, tests the U.S. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 01, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altiture record of 6,540 feet. 1914 – Birth of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of Spanish War and World War II. 1948 – First flight of the Cessna 170 (shown), an American light single-engine aircraft. 1960 – Trans-Canada Air Lines begins transatlantic service with flights between Montreal and London. 1989 – Death of [...]

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Final Tyndall QF-4s Take Off

Jun 01, 2015 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, flew its final McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom mission May 27, marking the end of almost 20 years at Tyndall. Two QF-4 full-scale aerial targets took off around 10:15 a.m. and were successfully destroyed about [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft [...]

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10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

May 27, 2015 No Comments

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a [...]

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