Military

Greek F-4s Return to Air Show Duty

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

Technically the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II is not a warbird just yet, because it’s still operational within a handful of air arms across the globe. However, it’s such an iconic aircraft that every news item featuring its current flying exploits these days is worthy of mention. The Hellenic Air Force has confirmed its participation at [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver and pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout flies a 90-horsepower Golden Eagle Chief to an altitude of 15,200 feet, breaking the light class aircraft altitude record. 1946 – First flight of the Lavochkin La-9 (shown), a post-World War II Soviet fighter. 1955 – As part of an [...]

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Backfire Bombers Getting Upgrades

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments

There’s no bomber quite like a Backfire. In many ways, Russia’s Tu-22M3 is a Cold War throwback. An intermediate-range, variable-geometry machine, the Tupolev design really gave NATO planners headaches in the 1970s and ’80s. If the Cold War had turned hot, Tu-22Ms would have attacked high-profile targets including American aircraft carrier battle groups in the [...]

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2014 Eagle Recalls D-Day, Lost Comrades

Jun 13, 2014 No Comments

With more than 7,500 flight hours logged in more than 130 types of aircraft, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, a 2014 Eagle who visited Maxwell (Ala.) Air Force Base for the Gathering of Eagles June 2-6, has cemented his position as a pioneer in American military during times of war. During [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

1917 – Death of John Arthur Vessey, British World War I flying ace; he is killed in a flying accident in his Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 1919 – French aviatrix Baronne Delaroche sets an altitude record of 15,748 feet. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator and American politician; he later [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

1874 – Birth of Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr., American aviation pioneer. 1920 – First flight of the Verville VCP-1 (shown), an American biplane fighter; it is later rebuilt into a successful racing aircraft. 1944 – The crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force Consolidated Canso of No. 162 Squadron sinks German submarine U-980 north of [...]

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Skyraider Wreck Discovered in Florida

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

WarbirdsNews recently learned of the discovery in April of the wreck of a long-lost Douglas AD-4 Skyraider AD-4 in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft was located by the aviation-archeology minded volunteers at Aeroquest.org, and we have reproduced some of their photographs here for your interest. The group had actually been out on a quest to locate the remains [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 16-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet. 1929 – Birth of James Alton McDivitt, Korean War fighter pilot; he later became a test pilot and a NASA astronaut. 1967 – First flight of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: “Flogger”), a Soviet variable-geometry fighter aircraft. 1972 – [...]

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