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Marines Call Helicopter Escape ‘Miracle’

Marines Call Helicopter Escape ‘Miracle’

Twenty-five U.S. Marines and sailors scrambled Monday morning to escape a USMC Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter as it sunk to the bottom of the Gulf of Aden after it crashed attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde. The 17 Marines and eight sailors on board the helicopter were able to board life rafts deployed from the aircraft itself before […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Eustace Broke Loraine, pioneer British aviator and first Royal Flying Corps officer to be killed in an aircraft crash. 1917 – England-based single-seat scout aircraft operate at night for the 1st time, when three Sopwith Camels of No.44 Squadron fly patrols against Gotha bombers attacking Chatham. Although no interceptions are made, […]

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Fort Bragg Last Holdout for Kiowas

Fort Bragg Last Holdout for Kiowas

Fort Bragg’s Kiowa helicopters will be the last in the U.S. Army. Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, said the Bell OH-58s assigned to the brigade’s 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, would remain in service for at least two more years. The squadron will be the last Kiowa unit to inactivate under […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Robert Joseph Delannoy, French World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1930 – Death of Raoul Stojsavljevic, Austro-Hungarian WWI flying ace; an airliner pilot who founded and directed the new Innsbruck airport, he is killed inthe crash of his Junkers F.13. 1930 – First non-stop east-west […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – At Brooklands, Hilda Hewlett became the first woman in the UK to earn a pilot’s licence when she received certificate No.122 from the Royal Aero Club. 1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and high-ranking officer post-World War II; he later performs the first bombing raid of […]
Vintage Aircraft Take Over Paine Field

Vintage Aircraft Take Over Paine Field

Step back into time at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. It’s a rare chance to see beautifully restored vintage planes from the roaring 20s through the 50s over Labor Day weekend. Visitors will be able to check out about 65 vintage and military planes, including some that fought in World […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Walter Irving Newby Grant, Australian World War I flying ace. 1928 – Famed Canadian bush pilot Clennell “Punch” Dickins (shown) leaves on his 12-day survey of the eastern Arctic and covers more than 3,900 miles in 37 hours of flying, often navigating by the sun. 1947 – A Norwegian Air Lines Short […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1783 – Jacques Alexandre César Charles flies the first balloon filled with gas rather than fire-heated air; he uses hydrogen produced by pouring 489 pounds of sulfuric acid on 1,000 pounds of iron. The balloon has a diameter of 12 feet. 1923 – An Air Union Farman F.60 Goliath crashes near East Malling, Kent, England, […]

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Mentors Helped Shape Thunderbird Pilot

Mentors Helped Shape Thunderbird Pilot

As one of six stars of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron, Maj. Jason Curtis has all the qualities of an elite pilot. He’s intelligent, focused, personable and flies with unparalleled precision. He’s also humble — and quick to credit those who guided him during his childhood in Kalispell. Curtis, 33, is returning to his hometown […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Antonio Chiri, Italian World War I fighter ace. 1930 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew ditch their Dornier Wal D-1422 flying boat on the Hudson River, completing the first east-to-west crossing of the Atlantic from Germany to New York. 1944 – First flight of the Martin AM Mauler (shown), a U.S. […]
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