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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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 […]
Scorpion Continues Test Flights

Scorpion Continues Test Flights

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

Typhoons Fare Well at Red Flag

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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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Original Hawker Typhoon to Visit Canada

Original Hawker Typhoon to Visit Canada

The world’s last complete and original Hawker Typhoon will be on display in Ottawa in time for D-Day. The Second World War aircraft will be on loan to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and while it’s not in flying condition visitors will get a close look at it indoors. This aircraft, a Mark IB MN235, […]
Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Honored

Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Honored

Feb. 19, 1942: the day war came to Australian soil; the day a nation was forever altered. On that day, 72 years ago, 188 Japanese planes bombed Darwin in two air raids, drawing the top end of Australia into World War II for more than two years in a fight that has remained a “secret […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1832 – Birth of Octave Chanute, French-born American railway engineer and aviation pioneer; he provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1939 – First flight of the Martin PBM Mariner (restored A model shown). 1944 – Operation Jericho is launched: de […]
Red Arrows Confirmed for Bournemouth

Red Arrows Confirmed for Bournemouth

By Blackmore Vale Magazine It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival in South West England, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have confirmed today they will be displaying at on all four days of the much-anticipated summer event. Jon Weaver, Air Festival director said; “We’ve only found out today […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Scottish World War I fighter ace and air racer. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale at Jutland. 1934 – The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro X (shown), a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3 […]
Photo Essay: MV-22 Flight

Photo Essay: MV-22 Flight

I had a once in my lifetime opportunity to fly in an MV-22 at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bell Boeing obviously had the Osprey at this show to further interest among foreign governments. One of the end slides in the briefing concluded with ‘Ready for Export!’ Only a few of the cranial […]
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