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‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

Eric “Winkle” Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97. Brown’s family said he died Sunday at a hospital in southern England after a short illness. Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Joseph Marie Le Brix, French raid aviator. 1932 – During the Shanghai Incident, three Imperial Japanese Navy Nakajima A1N2 fighters from the aircraft carrier Kaga score the first air-to-air kill in Japanese history, shooting down a Nationalist Chinese Boeing fighter piloted by an American volunteer. 1954 – First flight of the Convair R3Y Tradewind […]

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Italian Bird Dog Back in the Air

Italian Bird Dog Back in the Air

A former Italian Army Cessna O-1E Bird Dog took off on her first post-restoration flight into the crisp winter skies over Montagnana airfield near Padova, in northeastern Italy, earlier this month after a thorough rebuild by owner Andrea Rossetto. Save for a minor radio problem, the initial sortie was a complete success. Vintage military aircraft are rare on the Italian civil […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1933 – First flight of the Vultee V-1 (shown), an  American single-engined airliner. 1942 – The “Pearl Harbor of Australia” takes place when nearly 250 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Ronald Cory Berlyn, British World War I flying ace. 1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his Wright Flyer Model B  with his feet and knees. 1944 – First flight of the Curtiss SC Seahawk (SC-1 shown), an American scout seaplane. 1962 – […]
New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

Heroes on Deck, a one-hour documentary featuring secret World War II pilot training missions on Lake Michigan, will have its world premiere today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The film, written, executive produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Kalamazoo College alumnus John Davies, will show at 7 p.m., in Dalton Theatre in the Light Fine Arts Building, 1140 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Alexandre Paul Leon Madeleine Marty, French World War I flying ace. 1914 – Death of Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator, when the right wing of his hydro-aeroplane Wright Model C “Speed Scout” crumples in San Diego Bay just after establishing an American altitude record of 12,120 feet. 1945 – Allied […]

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Italian F-35 Makes First Atlantic Crossing

Italian F-35 Makes First Atlantic Crossing

The Italian Air Force has successfully conducted the first trans-Atlantic crossing of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of aircraft AL-1 into the U.S. last week. AL-1, the first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to be assembled at Italy’s final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Bruce Digby-Worsley, British World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Russian pilot N. de Sackoff becomes the first pilot shot down in combat when his biplane, possibly a Maurice Farman MF.7, is hit by ground fire following bomb run on the walls of Fort Bizani during the First Balkan War. Flying for the Greeks, he comes down […]
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