Military

Navy F/A-18C Crashes, Pilot Dies

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

A day after a fighter jet went down during a training exercise in western Nevada, the U.S. Navy said late Sunday that the military pilot had been killed in the crash. It took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of Saturday’s crash on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 28, 2014 No Comments

1921 – Birth of Pierre Clostermann, a highly decorated French World War II flying ace, author, engineer, politician and sport fisherman. 1931 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys (shown). 1947 - U. S. Army Air Forces Capt. Robert E. Thacker and Lt. John M. Ard fly a North [...]

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Australia Readies for Centenary Air Show

Feb 28, 2014 No Comments

Pilots at Royal Australian Air Force bases around the country are practising their routines ahead of this weekend’s Centenary of Military Aviation Air Show at Point Cook. The Weekly visited East Sale RAAF base last Wednesday as the Roulettes rehearsed their aerobatics. Six members of the team will take part in an aerial display above Point Cook, while [...]

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Russia Adds More Helicopters to Drill

Feb 28, 2014 No Comments

Russia is bolstering the ongoing army drill in the Western Military district which began after a surprise order by President Vladimir Putin with 80 more combat helicopters amid rising tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Mil Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters are being redeployed from their bases to the emergency airfields, flying up to 310 miles. The [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maryse Bastié, French aviatrix; born Marie-Louise Bombec, she later set several international records for female aviators and flew in the French Air Force. 1906 – Death of Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer, physicist and pioneer of aviation. 1917 – The first military flights in Canada began when the Royal Flying Corps Canada began training [...]

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P-51 Pilots to Discuss WWII Missions

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

While it is a little close to the date for most people to act on, Warbirds News would like to highlight the upcoming Living History Event this Saturday, March 1, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif. These are always fascinating opportunities to learn about aviation history from people who actually helped create it. And the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 26, 2014 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Chauncey Milton Vought (shown), American aviation pioneer and engineer. 1937 – First flight of the Fiat G.50, a World War II Italian fighter aircraft; it is Italy’s first single-seat, all-metal monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to go into production. 1941 – Eastern Airlines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes outside of Atlanta, [...]

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Evergreen Museum’s P-38L Up for Sale

Feb 26, 2014 No Comments

A buyer has snapped up a gem in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s collection, a Ford Trimotor plane flown in 1929 on the first transcontinental passenger route between San Diego and New York. Other potential buyers are eyeing a Grumman TBM-3 Avenger in the McMinnville museum’s collection, a restored torpedo bomber with a $250,000 asking price. And now another plane [...]

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