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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Englishman John Moore-Brabazon makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France; he is later issued the first British pilot’s license. 1912 – Birth of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, U.S. Marine Corps World War II fighter ace. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first seaplane unit. 1944 – First flight of [...]

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CNET Tours the Pacific Aviation Museum

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Spread across two hangars and some open tarmac on Hawaii’s Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, is the Pacific Aviation Museum. This collection of World War II and newer aircraft is a must-see for any airplane buff headed to Honolulu. From a Japanese Zero to a B-25, an F-5 to an F-104, there are [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alan Jerrard, British World War I flying ace who served in North Russia during the Russian civil war. 1945 – The first purely jet-powered airplane to operate from an aircraft carrier is a de Havilland Sea Vampire piloted by Royal Navy Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown from HMS Ocean (shown). 1972 [...]

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UN Using Drones Over Congo

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

United Nations forces in Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft on Tuesday to monitor the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time U.N. peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The aircraft will be used to look out for threats from a host of local and foreign armed groups in the mineral rich east [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers bomb the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas. 1968 – Wien Consolidated [...]

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P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan, the start of a deployment that will upgrade America’s ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts. The deployment, planned before China last month established an air defense zone covering islands controlled by Japan and claimed by Beijing, includes [...]

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Lockheed Martin Reveals Drone Features

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Northrop Grumman, which engineers the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and the Air Force’s Global Hawk surveillance plane in San Diego, Calif., recently showed off two smaller drones at the company’s burgeoning Rancho Bernardo offices. The defense giant has 2,000 employees at its San Diego “unmanned systems center of excellence” and recently took occupancy of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Lucien Eugene Cayol, French World War I flying ace. 1912 – The aeronautical division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps receives the first “flying boat,” a Curtiss Model F (shown), capable of takeoff from water. 1940 – Death of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator; he is shot down in his Farman [...]

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