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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Arthur Coadou, French World War I flying ace, who also served in World War II. 1928 – Bert Hinkler leaves Croydon in an Avro Avian, attempting the first solo flight from England to Australia; he will arrive in Darwin on Feb. 22. 1937 – The prototype Blackburn B-24 Skua fighter-dive bomber (Mk.II version shown) makes its maiden flight, piloted by “Dasher” Blake at Brough, Yorkshire; it […]
‘FIFI,’ Friends to Visit Pensacola

‘FIFI,’ Friends to Visit Pensacola

Residents of Pensacola, Fla., will witness a rare sight next week when the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” — the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world — lands at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport accompanied by the true combat veteran North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” […]

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

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Marine Corps Museum Gets Prowler

Marine Corps Museum Gets Prowler

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum added a new aircraft to its historical ranks Feb. 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Museum personnel welcomed a Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, the newest addition to the museum’s aircraft display. The aircraft originated from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. “This […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Arthur Clunie “Snowy” Randall, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1915 – First flight of the Sikorsky S-16 (non-flying replica shown), a Russian two-seat, biplane fighter. 1916 – Aircraft from the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet seaplane carriers sink the Ottoman collier Irmingard, the largest ship sunk by air attack in […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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F-35C Due to Start Carrier Tests

F-35C Due to Start Carrier Tests

The naval version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is due to start flight tests on an aircraft carrier at sea in October after Lockheed Martin Corp. said it had fixed the tailhook used to arrest the plane’s landing on a ship’s deck. Lockheed was forced to redesign the tailhook, and said Wednesday that the […]
Russian Combat Trainer to Fly Singapore Airshow

Russian Combat Trainer to Fly Singapore Airshow

Russia’s new Yak-130 combat trainer will take part in demonstration flights at the Singapore Air Show next month, a government agency said Wednesday. According to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will also showcase models of Su-35 and T-50 fighter jets as well as several civilian aircraft: the Sukhoi […]

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UK Releases Taranis First Flight Details

UK Releases Taranis First Flight Details

The UK Ministry of Defense has released some details about the first flight of the BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle concept demonstrator last year. After several months of unconfirmed rumours, the MoD confirmed on Feb. 4 that the aircraft made its first 15-minute flight on Aug. 10, 2013, from an “undisclosed” test facility, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Marcel Anatole Hugues, French World War I fighter ace, World War II pilot and commanding officer. 1929 – First flight of the Fairey Firefly II, a British biplane fighter of all-metal construction. 1933 – Death of James Herman Banning, America’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast; he is killed in a plane crash […]

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Area 51 Spy Plane, Other Aviation Tales

Area 51 Spy Plane, Other Aviation Tales

It looks like an upside-down bathtub with wings, pretty odd for a spy jet that was among the nation’s most highly classified pieces of military hardware. As I stand in front of the plane code-named Tacit Blue at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio, I’m reminded that it still holds a bit of […]
Kansas Museum to Get Upgrades

Kansas Museum to Get Upgrades

The Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kans., will receive some badly-needed building improvements, thanks to a Wichita City Council vote Tuesday. The council unanimously approved a $1.8 million project to provide handicapped-accessible restrooms and modern heating and air conditioning to the historic museum, housed in the old city airport terminal at 3350 S. George Washington […]
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