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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]
On Replacing the T-38

On Replacing the T-38

The U.S. Air Force has been flying fifth-generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it’s still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago. Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design. 1953 – The U.S. Air Force […]
U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. military aircraft from Europe and the U.S. were on display during this year’s Berlin Air and Trade Show, June 1-4. The International Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the “Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung” in German, or ILA for short, is one of the oldest airshows around dating back more than 100 years. ILA hosts a trade […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Andre Jean Delorme, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also known as “The Tin Goose”), an American three-engined transport plane, is produced. 1938 – First flight of the Douglas DC-4E (shown), an American experimental airliner that resulted in an entirely new design, the successful DC-4/C-54. 1985 – Death of Frank Harold Taylor, […]
Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

The pilot of a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet was killed Thursday during practice for a weekend air show, hours after an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by the President, officials said. The Navy said the Blue Angels pilot died from injuries suffered […]

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‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

The Pacific Northwest flying season rumbles underway when the World War II-era B-17 bomber, “Aluminum Overcast”, is based at the Museum of Flight for rides and ground tours June 10-12. The restored Flying Fortress operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association is on a tour of the country to share the sights, sounds and experience of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1936 – First flight of the Fairey Seafox, a British single-engine reconnaissance floatplane. 1961 – The first crossing of the English Channel by a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft is made by the Short SC.1 (shown), flown by A. Roberts, […]

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Navy Super Hornets Collide, Crews OK

Navy Super Hornets Collide, Crews OK

Navy officials say they are not sure if two fighter jets collided before they crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast. Naval Air Force Atlantic spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker said the two Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters were involved in an “in-flight mishap” Thursday morning. She said she could not […]
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Pacific Ocean (October 28, 2004) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the ÒMaraudersÓ of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two (VFA-82), lowers its tail hook in preparation for landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Perry Solomon (RELEASED)

On Upgrading Super Hornets

With the U.S. Navy using its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets more rigorously than initially expected, Boeing has started preliminary assessments of what is needed to overhaul the aircraft, increase its combat life and keep it relevant much later into this century. That work—along with the accompanying need for more parts and future additional domestic as well as international F-18 […]
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