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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1922 – Portuguese pilots Capt. Gago Coutinho and Capt. Sacadura Cabral leave Lisbon to attempt the first crossing of the South Atlantic by air. 1977 – Death of Gerhard Bassenge, German World War I flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer. 1992 – Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the […]
Italy Completes First Foreign-Built F-35

Italy Completes First Foreign-Built F-35

The first joint strike fighter assembled outside the U.S. rolled off an assembly line in Italy on Thursday, Lockheed Martin said in a statement. The aircraft, designated AL-1, was the first of eight aircraft being assembled at the final assembly and check out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. AL-1 is due […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – First flight of the Curtiss Model J (shown), an American biplane prototype that became the basis for the Curtiss Jenny series. 1918 – John Stanley Chick, Welsh World War I fighter ace, and his observer, Percy Douglas, drive down out of control a German observation plane and a quartet of Fokker Dr.I fighters on a single […]
‘Race 25’ Mustang Back in the Air

‘Race 25’ Mustang Back in the Air

Coming out of a four-year restoration at Airmotive Specialties, North American P-51D Mustang S/N 44-73704 took to the skies on Tuesday in Salinas, Calif. Under the controls of Elliott Cross, the P-51 darted skyward at about 11:45 for a 15-min. flight. The Mustang has quite the storied past. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces shortly […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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’

Pacific Fighters Making Progress on ‘BF 109’

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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

On This Day in Aviation History

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 […]
From the AW Archives: Broken Arrow

From the AW Archives: Broken Arrow

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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