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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The Royal Air Force is born; it is formed from the army’s Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. 1939 – First flight of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero (A6M3 Model 22 shown), a long-range fighter operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. 1973 – Birth of Sergei Aleksandrovich Volkov, Russian […]
Combat Jets Gather Over Yemen

Combat Jets Gather Over Yemen

After Houthi rebels toppled the Yemeni government causing president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee to Aden earlier this month, a Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern states launched an air campaign to intervene. Operation Decisive Storm began on March 26 and has resulted in one of the most extraordinary gatherings of air power seen in […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – The world’s first seaplane competition, held in Monaco, is won by a Henri Farman biplane flown by Belgian Jules Fischer, one of only two non-French pilots of the eight starters. 1944 – Death of Mineichi Koga, Japanese admiral and commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy‘s Combined Fleet; 1951 – Royal Canadian Air Force […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin, Soviet aircraft designer who later founds the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. 1936 – The first successful bail-out from a rotary-winged aircraft takes place when William H. “Bill” McAvoy and engineer John Wheatley abandon their Pitcairn YG-2 Autogiro when the rotor fails. 1941 – The first powered flight of […]

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Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Mechanics from Wichita Air Services at the Newton City/County airport put pieces of history back together, restoring a classic 1930s airplane. The plane “went through a lot of owners,” Don Stancer, lead mechanic at Wichita Air Services, said. “It’s been around,” Leeb Vonfange, shop manager, said. Along with several other mechanics, they restored a 1937 Lockheed Electra […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes;” she becomes the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1936 – First flight of the Fokker D.XXI (shown), a Dutch low-wing monoplane fighter. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways, begins. The mining runs are […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Hawker Fury (Mk.1 shown), a British biplane fighter. 1950 – A Mandated Air Lines Lockheed Hudson IVA crashes into a house while trying to make an emergency landing at Law-Nadzab Airport in Papua New Guinea. 1956 – […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Martin Schempp, German glider pilot and founder of Schempp-Hirth, a major manufacturer of gliders. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps, which later becomes the Royal Thai Air Force, is formed. 1936 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Malaysia. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D […]

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Palm Springs Museum Nabs F-102

Palm Springs Museum Nabs F-102

The Palm Springs Air Museum recently took possession of a Cold War-era Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, a single-seat interceptor aircraft built as part of the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s air defenses in the late 1950s. These aircraft also saw some limited service in the Vietnam War in bomber escort and ground-attack roles. Many […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Ernst Freiherr von Althaus, German World War I flying ace. 1910 – Orville Wright begins training students in Montgomery, Ala., at a site that later becomes Maxwell Air Force Base. 1954 – First flight of the Auster AOP.9 (shown), a light British military observation aircraft. 1976 – Death of Aldo Bocchese, […]
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