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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 01, 2013 No Comments

1911 - Harriet Quimby, a drama critic, becomes the first woman in the U.S. licensed as a qualified pilot. 1913 – Birth of Hiromichi Shinohara, known as the Richthofen of the Orient and the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. 1943 – Operation Tidal Wave, a large-scale air attack by bombers of [...]

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Canadian Sea Kings: Bittersweet 50th

Aug 01, 2013 No Comments

Canadian Armed Forces pilots have been flying Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopters for 50 years, with the anniversary celebrations taking place this week. That these aging beasts are still flying at all is testament to both the talents of those who have been operating and maintaining the old aircraft, and to the failings of a [...]

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Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

Aug 01, 2013 No Comments

It was a bold mission in the middle of World War II: fly into Romania to destroy oil refineries that fueled the German Army. Seventy years ago on Wednesday, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker, then a 36-year-old pilot from Akron, Ohio, and a large armada of American planes flew over Ploesti, Romania, [...]

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CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

Aug 01, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to announce the eight final locations under consideration for the home of the new CAF National Airbase. The search for a new headquarters began in May of 2013 with more than 25 interested and viable locations. After careful consideration of each potential location, the CAF Board of Directors [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Karl Odebrett, German World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Alys McKey Bryant (shown above) becomes the first woman pilot to fly in Canada when she takes a Curtiss-type pusher biplane over Vancouver. 1944 – Death of Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, aviator and World War II pilot; he is [...]

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Lake Michigan Wildcat Shown at AirVenture

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

Not all of the display aircraft at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., are pristine examples. A Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter used to train World War II Naval aviators is on display, its remains lashed to the back of a flatbed truck. The barnacle-encrusted single-seat fighter crashed on takeoff from a training aircraft carrier on Lake [...]

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Historic DC-3 Flies to New Home in Germany

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

An iconic aircraft took off from Coventry Airport for the final time Tuesday as it made its way to its new home in Germany. The Air Atlantique Douglas DC-3 has been based at the city’s airport for more than 30 years and is best known for its part in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

1863 – Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production; he also designed the famous Ford Trimotor. 1918 – American pilot Walter Carl Simon and Scottish observer William Watson Smith score five kills with their Royal Flying Corps [...]

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