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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Alexander Mikhailovich Pishvanov, Russian World War I flying ace, engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Seversky Aircraft. 1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII, flew a distance of 4.3 miles. 1942 – On a flight from Hawaii to Canton Island, a Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress, carrying top-scoring U.S. World War [...]

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Honor Held Up Among WWI Airmen

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

It stands out of as a glimmer of humanity amid the horror of the First World War. Two British airmen failed to return from a patrol over enemy territory, their fate unknown, until a German aircraft took a perilous mission over the British lines to drop a note conforming their deaths. But that was not the [...]

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October Historic Month for Louisiana Crashes

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

Oct. 20 was a bad day in the life of Louisiana military flying crews, Shreveport (La.) Times readers learned to their sorrow many times over past decades as they read the news the next morning. Crashes in 1942 and 1944 claimed several lives and three airframes at Barksdale Field, near Bossier City, and 50 years [...]

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Texas Tech to Open Vietnam Museum

Oct 18, 2013 No Comments

The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation Inc. has announced the kickoff of a fundraising campaign to establish a Vietnam War museum at Texas Tech in Lubbock. At a luncheon hosted by the Hillcrest Country Club honoring local pilots who flew in the Vietnam war, U.S. Air Force Col. David Lewis, president of TAFHI, said the goal [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Andrea Zotti, Spanish War Italian flying ace. 1927 – Four Supermarine Southampton flying boats of the Royal Air Force Far East Flight, under the command of Group Capt. H.M. Cave-Browne-Cave, leave Plymouth, England, for a 27,000-mile cruise to Egypt, India, Australia, Japan and Singapore. 1951 – The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (shown above), the [...]

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USAF Museum Reopens

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, reopened at 9 a.m. today. “We greatly appreciate the ability to reopen the museum and apologize for the inconvenience the closure caused our national and international visitors,” said Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson. “We are excited to [...]

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IWM’s Fw 190 Now at Cosford

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

In the dark days of the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe sent wave after wave of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters up against the RAF. Only 28 of those aircraft remain – and one of them has now gone on display at the RAF Museum Cosford. But the plane is no stranger to museums – it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Keith Logan “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand World War I fighter ace and World War II Royal New Zealand Air Force high-ranking officer. 1912 – The first aerial bomb is used by Bulgarian Air Force pilots Radul Milkov and Prodan Toprakchiev on the Turkish railway station of Karaagac (near Edirne) during the Balkan [...]

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