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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments

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 [...]

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

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Thomas Sydney Sharpe, British World War I flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Douglas Cloudster (shown), American biplane aircraft; the only product of the Davis-Douglas Co., it is designed to make the first non-stop flight coast-to-coast across the U.S. 1945 – Death of James Herbert Knight, American pilot who [...]

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Canada’s Lancaster Bomber to Tour UK

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

Canada’s World War II Avro Lancaster bomber will soon be heading across the Atlantic to join the only other airworthy plane of its kind for a series of special flights over the U.K. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton revealed Monday that it plans to fly its vintage Avro Lancaster to England in August. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Marie Marvingt, French athlete, mountaineer, and aviator, and the most decorated woman in the history of France; among other firsts, she is the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot during World War I. 1939 – First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner [...]

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Scorpion Continues Test Flights

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

The Scorpion intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-strike aircraft from Textron AirLand, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises, has completed additional test flights. Several hundred hours of additional flight tests are planned in 2014, with each flight targeting specific objectives pushing the aircraft’s airspeed, altitude, and performance envelope. “Overall, we’ve had very positive results [...]

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Typhoons Fare Well at Red Flag

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by Flightglobal The Royal Air Force has debuted its latest standard of the Eurofighter Typhoon at a Red Flag-series exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Flown by 6 Squadron pilots from RAF Leuchars in Scotland, the Tranche 2-standard aircraft, plus support personnel from the unit and the RAF’s 1 Squadron, took part in the Red Flag 14-1 exercise that began late [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Cecil Frederick King, British World War I fighter ace. 1917 – The first recorded casualty evacuation flight is carried out by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) when a wounded trooper of the Imperial Camel Corps is flown from Bir-el-Hassana in the Sinai Desert to an airfield; a three-day journey by land, the [...]

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