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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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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1784 – The son of a Scottish minister, James Tytler, makes the first manned balloon hop in England when his hot-air device makes a brief uncontrolled ascent with Tytler in the basket to an altitude of a few hundred feet. 1913 – Birth of Yoshio Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1944 […]
Singapore Sneakily Adds to SG Fleet

Singapore Sneakily Adds to SG Fleet

Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and U.S. Congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs – with an option for eight more – under a contract signed in December 2005. In October 2007 the city-state modified […]
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