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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Karl Paul Schlegel, German World War I fighter ace and balloon-buster. 1912 – A Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park in Maryland, becomes the first airplane to be armed with a machine gun. 1917 – Royal Air Force ace Maj. Edward “Mick” Mannock claims his first (of 61) victories. […]
Bell 407 Becomes Light Attack Platform

Bell 407 Becomes Light Attack Platform

U.S. helicopter pilots and maintainers couldn’t stop gawking at NorthStar Aviation’s new light-attack helicopter, the 407MRH, at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week. “This is amazing,” Spc. Jessica Sanford, 26, an unmanned aerial vehicle maintainer who previously worked on OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopter, gushed on Tuesday […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (A model shown), also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, a single-engined American fighter. 1937 – German Zeppelin LZ-129, the Hindenburg, catches fire and explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air […]
Boeing Delivers 100th Navy Growler

Boeing Delivers 100th Navy Growler

The U.S. Navy formally took delivery of the 100th Boeing EA-18G Growler during an elaborate Monday ceremony in which the company stumped for Congress to buy beyond the Navy’s current program of record of 138 aircraft. The Navy submitted a request to the Congress to purchase 22 additional jets in its unfunded priorities list earlier […]

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Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K for Marine Corps

Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K for Marine Corps

The latest version of Sikorsky’s venerable CH-53 heavy lift helicopter, the next generation K model, was unveiled Monday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony. The aircraft, which the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019, is being dubbed the King Stallion. “The rollout of the CH-53K helicopter introduces a new era in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Robert Kronfeld, AFC, Austrian-born gliding champion and sailplane designer; he became a British subject and an RAF test pilot. 1918 – Death of Giovanni Nicelli, Italian World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1926 – First flight of the Wright XF3W (shown), an American racing biplane for the U.S. Navy. 1968 – A Grumman Gulfstream […]

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USMC Flying Last N Model Hueys

USMC Flying Last N Model Hueys

For Marine Corps aviators at Robins, the past week has been a bit nostalgic. That’s because the Corps’ fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters is being replaced with the newer UH-1Y model. The first of the new upgraded, four-bladed variants is scheduled to be delivered to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 this summer. But before that […]
Lockheed U-2 Blamed for ATC Outage

Lockheed U-2 Blamed for ATC Outage

A traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News. On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, Australian Word War I flying ace. 1916 – Eight German Zeppelins raid the east coast of England, causing 39 casualties. 1925 – First flight of the Douglas C-1 (shown), American transport biplane. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole. 1970 – Death of Arturo […]
Ukraine Helicopters Shot Down, Two Killed

Ukraine Helicopters Shot Down, Two Killed

Pro-Russia forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev’s move against the insurgents “destroyed” hopes for peace in the region. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from […]
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