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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – Birth of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator. 1919 – Agustin Parla, the first Cuban pilot, performs the first commercial flight to the U.S. with a Curtiss flying boat named “Sunshine.” 1934 – Highland Airways commences the first regular airmail service within the UK, between Inverness and Kirkwall, with a de Havilland DH84 Dragon. […]
Israelis Trade Cobras for Drones

Israelis Trade Cobras for Drones

Israel has phased out one of its two types of U.S. attack helicopter in favour of using more drones, military officers have told Reuters, reflecting a need for lighter and cheaper air power to counter Islamist guerrillas on its borders. They said Israel’s last squadron of Bell AH-1 Cobras, known locally as Tzefas, built for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith, British RAF World War II ace. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft 84 hours, 32 minutes without refueling. 1981 – First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-55 (shown),a […]
Indian Air Force MiG-21 Crashes

Indian Air Force MiG-21 Crashes

A Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed Tuesday in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district in Kashmir, killing the pilot. The pilot, Squadron Leader Raghu Vanshi, 32, was killed in the crash, they said. According to the villagers present there, the pilot steered the plane away from populated areas to save civilians […]

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RAF Crews Take Over Rivet Joint Flights

RAF Crews Take Over Rivet Joint Flights

A Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft has been flown in UK airspace by an Royal Air Force aircrew for the first time. Pictures released by MOD show a UK Boeing Rivet Joint RC-135W signals intelligence aircraft taking off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The aircraft is one of three that MOD is buying from the U.S. which, as part of the Airseeker […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1848 – Birth of Otto Lilienthal, German pioneer of human aviation who became the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 Falco (shown), an Italian single-seat World War II fighter. 1941 – Two dozen German Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers attack British destroyers HMS Kelly […]

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Wyoming Town Plans for Aviation Museum

Wyoming Town Plans for Aviation Museum

Hoping to better tap into the flow of tourist dollars, the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce in Wyoming is making progress in its efforts to open an aviation museum at the South Big Horn County Airport. Selena Brown, who volunteers for the chamber, said she and other chamber officials are working with the Wyoming Department […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]
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