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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a […]
A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak

A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at […]

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

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Oldest Surviving Chinook Restored

Oldest Surviving Chinook Restored

The oldest surviving Boeing CH-47A Chinook is being unveiled today just a year after it was delivered to a Delaware aviation company for restoration. Summit Aviation, based in Middletown, Del., restored aircraft no. 59-94984 for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., where it will be displayed following a ceremony. Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Birth of Yoshi-o Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1918 – Death of Walter Göttsch, German World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his Fokker Dr.I triplane. 1926 – Charles Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a St. Louis-to-Chicago mail route. 1981 – First flight of […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers […]
Israel Accepts its First C-130J

Israel Accepts its First C-130J

The Israeli air force’s first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” tactical transport has been formally delivered to its Nevatim air base, during a ceremony on Wednesday. “This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance,” says Lockheed chief executive Marillyn Hewson. Israel has operated earlier examples of the Hercules since […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Byron Quinby Jones, American pioneer aviator; he became the first U.S. Army pilot to stall and loop an aircraft without crashing. 1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea waters. 1942 – The Imperial Japanese Navy launches an air raid […]
Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

The Bronco Demo Team is bringing its newly restored North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco to the UK for it’s first public showing next month. The aircraft will be on show for fans, friends and family during a free event May 3 at Cotswold Airport (the former RAF Kemble). The Bronco Demo Team is collaborating with the Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation […]

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Marine Harriers vs. French in Exercise

Marine Harriers vs. French in Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a bilateral aviation exercise with French air force fighter pilots in Djibouti, Africa, March 26 to April 2, 2014. The weeklong exercise was intended to maintain proficiency and learn new tactics while building lasting relationships […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1885 – Birth of Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, possibly the first American woman aviator; she became an exhibition and test pilot. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, Pa., near Philadelphia. 1943 – On his first mission, U.S. […]
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