Military

IWM’s Fw 190 Now at Cosford

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

In the dark days of the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe sent wave after wave of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters up against the RAF. Only 28 of those aircraft remain – and one of them has now gone on display at the RAF Museum Cosford. But the plane is no stranger to museums – it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Keith Logan “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand World War I fighter ace and World War II Royal New Zealand Air Force high-ranking officer. 1912 – The first aerial bomb is used by Bulgarian Air Force pilots Radul Milkov and Prodan Toprakchiev on the Turkish railway station of Karaagac (near Edirne) during the Balkan [...]

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Presidential VC-9C Makes Last Flight

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

A significant piece of presidential history is flying into Castle today. A McDonnell Douglas VC-9C that once flew former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and former first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Laura Bush and all vice presidents from Walter Mondale to Dick Cheney is due at 1 p.m. at the Castle Airport – [...]

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Indiana Man to Celebrate Historic Flight

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

A Miami County, Ind., U.S. Air Force pilot became an overnight celebrity 50 years ago today after he flew a supersonic bomber jet on a record-shattering flight from Tokyo to London that captured the attention of the world. Sidney J. Kubesch, a Texas native who ended up moving to Miami County after marrying a Peru [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of James Joseph Wellwood, Australian World War I flying ace. 1933 – First run of the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a British V-12 piston engine; initially known as the PV-12, the 1,650-cu. in. liquid-cooled powerplant became known as the Merlin when the company began naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 1946 – Death [...]

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Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

Attack helicopter flights? Balloon rides? General admission to the formerly “invite only” Friday night air show? A 5K run? The 24th Annual Stuart Air Show, set for Nov. 1-2 at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., promises several new and exciting attractions. Fly a warbird, balloon or chopper. See a balloon glow. See aerial stunts from [...]

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Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

The 21st Annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., has been postponed to next April due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday. In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the [...]

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