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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – Birth of Pavel Fedorovich Zhigarev, commander of the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) and later chief marshal of aviation. 1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed). 1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, begins to depart Germany […]
First Female C-17 AC Commander Retires

First Female C-17 AC Commander Retires

By U.S. Air Force Capt. Michaela Judge Photo by Sr. Airman Sandra Welch Just over two decades ago, a new chapter in aviation history was written on Charleston soil as the first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III made its official debut in the Air Force’s premier aeronautical inventory in June, 1993. Ushering in this solid airframe was […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Bela Macourek, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace who flew post-war for the Red Corps. 1941 – The tail section of a Lockheed YP-38 Lightning (shown) separates in flight over Glendale, Calif., and crashes inverted on a house at 1147 Elm Street; Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden is killed, but the homeowner […]
USMC to Retire Harrier Fleet Early

USMC to Retire Harrier Fleet Early

The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1926 – U.S Army Capt. Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled De Havilland DH4 during a night airmail flight, making this his fourth time he uses a parachute to save his life. 1945 – The Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying […]
Museum Loses Loaned 0-47B in Sale

Museum Loses Loaned 0-47B in Sale

The World War II-era aircraft recently sold to a Minnesota man had served as a longtime display on loan to the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kan., according to a board member. Museum board chairman Gene Howerter said Friday the North American O-47B aircraft, an observation aircraft built in 1939, had been […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Henri Farman makes the 1st cross-country flight in Europe with a power-driven aeroplane Voisin, flying from Châlons to Reims; the flight takes 20 minutes. 1919 – Death of Hans von Freden, German World War I fighter ace. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France and first German aircraft brought down […]
RCAF Nomad Recovered After 70 Years

RCAF Nomad Recovered After 70 Years

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t the only fallen Canadian honoured Tuesday. Seven decades after their deaths, a solemn two minutes of silence was observed for two airmen at the place where their plane went down — in the middle of picturesque Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. Their Northrop A-17 Nomad aircraft collided in-flight with a similar plane […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – The De Pischoff et Koechlin monoplane, an early French tandem monoplane, is reported to have hopped once for 500 meters at Villacoublay. 1923 – Birth of Lev Kirilovich Shchukin, Soviet World War II instructor and Korean War fighter ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Newfoundland for England to set a […]
Army Kiowas Find New Lease on Life

Army Kiowas Find New Lease on Life

Story and photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa One of the U.S. Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades, the Bell OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its […]
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