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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Augustus Roy Knabenshue,  American aeronautical engineer and aviator; he became the first to make a dirigible flight over New York City in 1905. 1927 – First flight of the Bristol Bagshot (also known as the Type 95), a British fighter prototype. 1952 – A pair of U.S. Air Force Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaws make the first transatlantic crossing by […]
Military Planes Wow at Farnborough

Military Planes Wow at Farnborough

The tradition of military participation at what is now the Farnborough Airshow dates back to the 1920s, when the Royal Air Force Airshow was held at RAF Hendon. The event moved around, settling here at Farnborough in 1948. Always a magnet for those interested in peddling or procuring military hardware, the show also sets the stage for […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Orville Wright has a serious crash with Wright Flyer III, after which the Wright brothers radically alter the aircraft; the pivot point of the front rudder is mainly the culprit for the Flyer’s insistent pitching. 1922 – Birth of Robin Olds, American fighter pilot and general officer in the U. S. Air Force; he was […]
Book Review: Solitary

Book Review: Solitary

By Peter B. Mersky Editor’s note: Peter Mersky has written 16 books on military aviation, including the first book outside Israel on IAF aces. Besides many magazine articles, he has reviewed some 700 books for various publications, as well as his own regular (since 1982) column for Naval Aviation News, the U.S. Navy’s oldest periodical. He is […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr. , American World War II bomber pilot (shown); he became one of the first heroes of the war for sacrificing his own life to save the crew of his dying Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 1939 – First flight of the Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.12 (Høver M.F.12), a Norwegian […]
Red Arrows Star of UK Air Tattoo

Red Arrows Star of UK Air Tattoo

The Royal Arrows are proving the star attraction at today’s Royal International Air Tattoo. The traditional highlight of their display calendar is currently taking place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. The world’s largest military air show welcomed the squadron today for a full display and flypast. This year, Arrows fans will have the chance to get […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Maurice Arthur Benjamin, South African World War I flying ace. 1914 – Reinhold Böhm takes off in his Albatros biplane for a nonstop flight, without refueling, that lasted 24 hours, 12 minutes. 1929 – First flight of the Macchi M.67 (shown), an Italian racing seaplane designed for the Schneider Trophy race. […]
Update: Aussie B-24 Restoration Effort

Update: Aussie B-24 Restoration Effort

Most aviation enthusiasts are aware of the role that the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator played in USAAF service during World War II. Many, however, are not aware that seven Royal Australian Air Force squadrons flew the B-24 Liberator in long range strikes against Japanese military targets in South East Asia. During WWII, the RAAF […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1933 – Flying their Lockheed Model 8 Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and used for the 1931 survey flight of Alaska, the North Pacific and China, Charles Lindbergh and his wife begin a major route-proving tour of the North and South Atlantic. 1943 – Birth of John Howard Casper, U.S. Air Force pilot and […]
F-35s May Miss UK Air Show

F-35s May Miss UK Air Show

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jet may miss the Royal International Air Tattoo air show this week given a fleet-wide grounding ordered after an engine failure last month. But Hammond told a conference in London on Wednesday that he was “still optimistic” that the new warplane would be […]
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