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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1931 – First flight of the Berliner-Joyce XFJ (shown), a U.S. prototype carrier-based biplane fighter. 1930 – Death of Alfred William Saunders, Irish World War I fighter ace, in the crash of his de Havilland Gipsy Moth in Auckland, New Zealand. 1957 – A U.S. Air Force Convair B-36J Peacemaker, ferrying a Mark 17 nuclear bomb from Biggs AFB, Texas to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – French Paul Tissandier sets the first world airspeed record with a Wright biplane by achieving 34 mph. 1925 – Birth of Alexei Andreyevich Tupolev (son of famed Soviet aircraft pioneer, Andrei Tupolev), Soviet aircraft designer who led the development of the first supersonic passenger jet, the failed Tupolev Tu-144; he also helped design […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Oswald Boelcke, German World War I German flying ace and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians during the early years of air combat. 1918 – South African World War I fighter ace Andrew Frederick Weatherby “Proccy” Beauchamp-Proctor scores five victories with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. 1924 – The first aerial […]
Laos An-74 Crash Kills Officials, Others

Laos An-74 Crash Kills Officials, Others

A Lao air force Antonov An-74 TK-300 crashed while on final approach to Laos’s Xieng Khoang Airport on Saturday. Media reports indicate that all 20 passengers and crew died in the crash. A statement by the official Lao News Agency confirmed that four high-ranking officials were among the casualties, including the nation’s deputy prime minister, who was […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The Imperial German Navy recommissions the light cruiser Stuttgart after her conversion into a seaplane carrier; she is the only German seagoing aviation ship capable of working with the fleet commissioned during either world war. 1923 – Birth of Lars Paul Erich Hattinen, Finnish World War II flying ace and airline pilot. 1957 – […]
Ukraine Under Fire for UN-Painted Mi-24s

Ukraine Under Fire for UN-Painted Mi-24s

The United Nations expressed concern Wednesday over footage purporting to show Ukrainian troops using a helicopter painted with the organization’s colors and insignia. Russian news website Life News reported that three U.N.-painted Mil Mi-24 combat helicopters and one Mi-8 transport helicopter had been spotted assisting government troops in eastern Ukraine. The footage could not be independently […]

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C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

The plane has no fixed seats, no flight attendants, no in-flight movie and no bathroom. It is not heated, insulated or pressurized. And on its last tour over France, somebody tried to shoot it down. But on Thursday, a septuagenarian war horse known as “Whiskey 7” will take off from a grass airstrip in central […]
F-35B Makes East Coast Debuts at Show

F-35B Makes East Coast Debuts at Show

It’s no secret. The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the future of Marine Corps aviation. That future will be revealed for the first time to the public at this weekend’s Cherry Point Air Show in North Carolina. The fifth-generation fighter jet is scheduled for its first public flight on the East […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Josef Carl Peter Jacobs, fourth German World War I fighter ace and postwar aircraft manufacturer. 1918 – Regular airmail service in the U.S., between New York and Washington, D.C., begins; the first flight is made by U.S. Army Lt. Geoffrey Boyle in a Curtiss JN-4H. 1943 – First flight of the […]
USAF MC-12Ws Aid in Nigerian Search

USAF MC-12Ws Aid in Nigerian Search

The U.S. Air Force is flying surveillance missions over northern Nigeria using MC-12W twin turboprops from Project Liberty. The flights are trying to locate more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. They throw some light on a relatively unknown fleet of ISR aircraft that is currently “owned” by Air Combat Command, but likely to move […]
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