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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1921 – Birth of Pierre Clostermann, a highly decorated French World War II flying ace, author, engineer, politician and sport fisherman. 1931 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys (shown). 1947 – U. S. Army Air Forces Capt. Robert E. Thacker and Lt. John M. Ard fly a North […]
Australia Readies for Centenary Air Show

Australia Readies for Centenary Air Show

Pilots at Royal Australian Air Force bases around the country are practising their routines ahead of this weekend’s Centenary of Military Aviation Air Show at Point Cook. The Weekly visited East Sale RAAF base last Wednesday as the Roulettes rehearsed their aerobatics. Six members of the team will take part in an aerial display above Point Cook, while […]

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Russia Adds More Helicopters to Drill

Russia Adds More Helicopters to Drill

Russia is bolstering the ongoing army drill in the Western Military district which began after a surprise order by President Vladimir Putin with 80 more combat helicopters amid rising tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Mil Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters are being redeployed from their bases to the emergency airfields, flying up to 310 miles. The […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Maryse Bastié, French aviatrix; born Marie-Louise Bombec, she later set several international records for female aviators and flew in the French Air Force. 1906 – Death of Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer, physicist and pioneer of aviation. 1917 – The first military flights in Canada began when the Royal Flying Corps Canada began training […]

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P-51 Pilots to Discuss WWII Missions

P-51 Pilots to Discuss WWII Missions

While it is a little close to the date for most people to act on, Warbirds News would like to highlight the upcoming Living History Event this Saturday, March 1, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif. These are always fascinating opportunities to learn about aviation history from people who actually helped create it. And the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Chauncey Milton Vought (shown), American aviation pioneer and engineer. 1937 – First flight of the Fiat G.50, a World War II Italian fighter aircraft; it is Italy’s first single-seat, all-metal monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to go into production. 1941 – Eastern Airlines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes outside of Atlanta, […]

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Evergreen Museum’s P-38L Up for Sale

Evergreen Museum’s P-38L Up for Sale

A buyer has snapped up a gem in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s collection, a Ford Trimotor plane flown in 1929 on the first transcontinental passenger route between San Diego and New York. Other potential buyers are eyeing a Grumman TBM-3 Avenger in the McMinnville museum’s collection, a restored torpedo bomber with a $250,000 asking price. And now another plane […]
MD 530G Armed Scout Debuts at Show

MD 530G Armed Scout Debuts at Show

New models, new orders and of course, deliveries are what the excitement is all about at Heli-Expo 2014, an annual industry trade show being held this year in Anaheim, Calif. MD Helicopters could celebrate a little of all that this week. Company CEO Lynn Tilton unveiled not just the existence of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter, but […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. 1897 – Birth of Samuel Marcus Kinkead, South African World War I fighter ace; he would later serve […]
A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

The U.S. government will delay procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs by two years and ground its aging fleets of Fairchild Republic A-10s, Lockheed U-2s and Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors under the US Department of Defense’ fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. The changes, which must be approved by Congress, were announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during […]
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