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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 10, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Earl McNabb “Handie” Hand, Canadian World War I flying ace and first president of the Toronto Flying Club. 1919 – The first flight from a U.S. Navy battleship takes place when Commander Edward Orrick McDonnell flies a Sopwith Camel off an overhauled gun turret on the USS Texas. 1946 – An [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 06, 2015 No Comments

1918 – The Finnish Air Force is founded. 1944 – Avro Lancasters and Handley Page Halifaxes of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command begin an offensive against the German transport network in occupied Europe, attacking railway yards in France. 1946 – Birth of Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, French Air Force pilot and CNES astronaut. 1994 – Death [...]

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Pacific Fighters Making Progress on ‘BF 109′

Mar 06, 2015 No Comments

Not content to sit on their laurels following the marvelous restoration of the North American P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express,” Pacific Fighters is now hard at work on the restoration of Hispano Buchon C.4K-130 for Jack Erickson’s collection in Madras, Ore. The aircraft is one of a couple of dozen examples which Group Capt. Hamish Mahaddie acquired from the Spanish [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines. 1936 – First flight of the Breguet 470 “Fulgur,” a French twin-engined monoplane airliner. 1943 – Death of Mitsugu Sawada, Japanese Sino-Japanese War and World War II flying ace; he is killed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 04, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Zeppelin LZ33 (L8) crashes near Ostend, Belgium, after being hit by gunfire during a mission to strike Britain. 1944 – After the success of Big Week missions against the Luftwaffe over Germany, the U.S. Army Air Forces begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin. 1965 – Birth of Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov, former Russian [...]

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From the AW Archives: Broken Arrow

Mar 04, 2015 No Comments

The cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 interceptor in February 1959 was a traumatic event for Canada’s emerging aerospace industry. When Aviation Week reported on the fighter’s rollout, in October 1957, the magazine called it “a serious contender for the top military aircraft of the next several years”. High praise indeed, for a non-U.S. aircraft, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II instructor. 1919 – Airplane builder William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard of Hubbard Air Service make the first international airmail flight from Seattle, Wash., to Victoria, B.C., Canada in a Boeing C-700 (Model 2) seaplane. 1926 – Air service [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1953 – First flight of the SNCASO Trident (shown), a French mixed power prototype interceptor. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduced the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine [...]

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