Military

RCAF Brings Last Canadian Troops Home

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

The Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III, escorted by two Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, circled gracefully and in perfect formation around the Department of National Defence’s headquarters building in Ottawa and then turned south towards the Ottawa airport. Onboard the Globemaster, which is operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

1874 – Birth of Adolphe Aloys Marie Hubert duBois d’Aische, Belgian World War I flying ace. 1906 – Traian Vuia, Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer, flies his early own designed and built aircraft “Vuia 1″ about 40 feet at Montesson, France. This is the first well-documented unassisted takeoff and landing on a level surface by [...]

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Flying Magazine’s Top 20 Airplanes

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

We as pilots love airplane types. Most of us, in fact, have a favorite airplane, be it a Piper Cub or a Lockheed SR-71. There are plane types, and then there are planes. Specific planes. The history of aviation is punctuated with the arrival on the scene, sometimes very publicly and sometimes in top secret, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Carlo Piazza, early Italian aviator; he later flies the world’s first aerial reconnaissance mission in a Bleriot XI. 1924 – A quartet of Douglas World Cruisers, built for the U. S. Army Air Service, leave Santa Monica, Calif., on the first leg of a flight around the world. The DWC is a modified [...]

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TICO Warbird Airshow Thrills Visitors

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Air Force Ret. Lt. Col. John Piowaty stood beside a supersonic jet as he answered questions from spectators at the TiCo Warbird Airshow in Titusville, Fla. He explained the avionics of the Republic F-105D Thunderchief and his missions in the fighter-bomber during the Vietnam War as an Air Force pilot. On Saturday, he engaged everyone [...]

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Blue Angels Headline California Air Show

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments

Thousands of community members and out-of-town visitors, along with those sitting outside their nearby homes or perched atop haystacks, took in the sights and sounds of the 2014 Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show in California on Saturday. This year marked the 47th anniversary of the local air show, which featured a wide variety [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1910 – The first airplane flight in Switzerland is made by German Capt. Paul Englehardt, who takes off in a Wright Flyer from a frozen lake in St. Moritz. 1951 – Qantas Consolidated Catalina PB2B-2 “Frigate Bird II” (shown) begins a survey [...]

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NZ Auction to Feature Warbirds

Mar 13, 2014 No Comments

One of New Zealand largest and most luxurious car auctions will be held in Wanaka this month with millions of dollars of classic cars, motorcycles and warbird aircraft going under the hammer. Webbs Auction House chief executive officer Neil Campbell said the auction would result in up to 30 private classic cars, 20 classic motorcycles, three warbird [...]

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