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1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian aeroplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, his last victories of the war. 1947 – U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles “Chuck” Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than […]
X-37B Set to Return from Orbit Today

X-37B Set to Return from Orbit Today

The U.S. military plans to land its secretive Boeing X-37B robotic space plane in California on Tuesday, ending a classified 22-month mission, officials said. The exact time and date will depend on weather and technical factors, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement released on Friday. The X-37B space plane, also known as the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1860 – James Wallace Black photographs Boston from the hot-air balloon “Queen of the Air” at 1,200 feet; the images are the first successful aerial photographs made in the United States. 1913 – A Seguin and Farman (of France) establishes a distance record by flying 634 miles; it is the last distance record before World […]
U.S. Government Protests ROK Demo Show

U.S. Government Protests ROK Demo Show

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles aerobatic team plans to take part in an air show next month in China’s Guangdong Province, but the U.S. is trying to block the move citing the risk of exposing classified technology. The Black Eagles use T-50 trainer jets developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with technological support […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – French aeronaut Count Henri de La Vaulx sets a non-stop, long-distance balloon flight record when he lands in Kiev after a 1,200-mile, 35-hour flight from Paris. 1933 – A United Airlines Boeing 247D is destroyed by sabotage near Chesterton, Ind.; it is the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation. […]
Marines Get First F-35B for Testing

Marines Get First F-35B for Testing

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 received its first F-35B aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, California for operational testing Oct. 9, 2014. “VMX-22’s mission is to conduct operational testing and evaluation of U.S. Marine Corps’ fixed, tiltrotor, and rotary-wing aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Marine Air Command […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Julio Ruiz de Alda Miqueleiz, Spanish aviator and politician. 1912 – First demonstration of a monoplane to the U.S. government is made by Bernetta Adams Miller with a Moisant-Blériot at College Park, Md. 1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under […]
UK to Delay Tornado Retirement

UK to Delay Tornado Retirement

All three of the Royal Air Force’s current Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped frontline squadrons will continue to operate the strike aircraft for the immediate future, after the UK government reversed a decision to disband one of the units early next year. Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 October confirmed that 2 Squadron – based at RAF Marham in Norfolk – will […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet. 1912 – John Henry Towers achieves an American endurance record by rigging extra gasoline tanks to a Curtiss A-2 seaplane, allowing him […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Ian Henry David Henderson, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by Lt. V Tempest of the Royal Flying Corps over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain. 1931 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 49 (shown), a German […]
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