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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

1885 – Birth of John Henry Towers, U.S. Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator. 1931 – First flight of the Tupolev ANT-8, a Soviet experimental flying boat. 1942 – Qantas Short Empire G-AEUH is shot down by seven Japanese fighters and crashes near East Timor; 13 of 18 on board die. 1991 – Royal Navy Westland Lynx helicopters, Royal Air Force SEPECAT [...]

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Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

Three pilots have escaped unharmed after their jet planes collided in midair off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. Two Kawasaki T-4 trainers belonging to the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team of the Japanese air force made contact as they practiced flying in formation, with one plane damaging part of its nose and the [...]

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Museum to Hold Living History Day

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

Spend this Saturday on Hawaii’s Ford Island celebrating the adventures of yesterday’s heroes and today’s pioneers. History comes alive at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu through musical performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. Meet the Nisei Veterans of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regiment as well as Stacey Hayas, author [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer. 1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber. 1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty [...]

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B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

The volunteers in Wichita, Kans., have been hard at work restoring “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, since the project resumed nearly one year ago. “We have made significant progress recently hanging the first engine on the airplane,” said Jeff Turner, chairman of the board of Doc’s Friends, the non-profit organization set up to restore the Superfortress. As [...]

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Red Flag Operations Return

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

Story by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz The latest iteration of the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet, French World War I fighter ace and successful sporting pilot. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (shown), a German low-level ground attack and observation aircraft; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1941 – Final air battle of the French-Thai War. Royal Thai Air [...]

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India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, [...]

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