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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Giles Noble Blennerhasset, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1922 – Taking advantage of the Treaty of Rapallo, a flying school for German pilots is set up at Lipetsk; by 1933, 450 German military pilots will have trained here. 1943 – Believing they had sunk a cruiser, two destroyers and 25 transports and shot down 175 Allied aircraft, […]
X-47B Makes Night Flight, Wins Award

X-47B Makes Night Flight, Wins Award

A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type’s first night flight last week – the same day the UAV’s development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The aircraft, developed by Northrop as a demonstrator for the U.S. Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) programme, conducted the night […]

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

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HAL Tejas Navy Jet Goes Supersonic

HAL Tejas Navy Jet Goes Supersonic

Just days before the second anniversary of its maiden flight, the naval variant of India’s Light Combat Aircraft-LCA Navy (NP-1) has successfully completed its first super sonic flight signaling that the aircraft is now able to fly faster than the speed of sound. The Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the development […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1941 – Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attack the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland; about 900 people die and 1,500 are injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast are damaged or […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight

‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred yesterday in Oshkosh, Wis. Ten World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner […]
Six ‘Red Tails’ Reuniting in N.Y.

Six ‘Red Tails’ Reuniting in N.Y.

Elmira, N.Y.-area residents next month will have a rare chance to meet a group of World War II heroes whose exploits were out of the public view for more than a generation. Six of the original Tuskegee Airmen are confirmed as guests at a reunion May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats. The Tuskegee Airmen […]

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Fast Facts: C-130J Super Hercules

Fast Facts: C-130J Super Hercules

Perhaps one of the most familiar series’ of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations. Additionally, the versatile aircraft has seen service in firefighting efforts as well as search and rescue missions, and the flexible craft […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace. 1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load. 1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.” 1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles […]

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No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum

No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum

After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business. The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum […]
Army May Operate Apaches on Navy Ships

Army May Operate Apaches on Navy Ships

The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle. Operating from ships at sea “seems to be a growth capability, and we do sense […]
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