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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer. 1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber. 1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty […]
B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

The volunteers in Wichita, Kans., have been hard at work restoring “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, since the project resumed nearly one year ago. “We have made significant progress recently hanging the first engine on the airplane,” said Jeff Turner, chairman of the board of Doc’s Friends, the non-profit organization set up to restore the Superfortress. As […]

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Red Flag Operations Return

Red Flag Operations Return

Story by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz The latest iteration of the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet, French World War I fighter ace and successful sporting pilot. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (shown), a German low-level ground attack and observation aircraft; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1941 – Final air battle of the French-Thai War. Royal Thai Air […]

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India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Jan Nagórski (Ivan Nagurski), Polish engineer and pioneer of aviation; he became the first person to fly an airplane in the Arctic and the first aviator to perform a loop with a flying boat. 1928 – The first rigid airship-to-aircraft carrier mooring is achieved when the U.S. Navy dirigible Los Angeles […]

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P-40 Warhawk on Display in New Orleans

P-40 Warhawk on Display in New Orleans

New Orleans will get a flavor of one of the most heralded episodes of World War II when a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, restored in the shark-nosed markings of the famed Flying Tigers, goes on display at the National World War II Museum. The aircraft, a P-40E model, is the kind flown by the 1st American […]
Swiss Demo Team Set for Air Tattoo

Swiss Demo Team Set for Air Tattoo

The Swiss Air Force has ensured the Red Arrows won’t be the only aerobatic display team celebrating an aviation landmark at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 11-13. It has announced plans to send their aerobatic display team, the Patrouille Suisse, in their 50th anniversary year, along with a Boeing […]

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Vets Offered Free Rides on B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

Vets Offered Free Rides on B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

The Yankee Air Museum (YAM)’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady,” based in Detroit, Mich., will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum on June 9-11. The museum partnership will honor World War II Veterans by offering free rides on the B-17 when a paid rider accompanies them. “All of us feel the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Dr. Ernst Heinkel, German aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1920 – First aircraft flight across the Sahara Desert is flown by French Joseph Vuillemin of the Aéronautique Militaire. 1966 – Air India Flight 101, a Boeing 707-437, crashes into the south west face of Mont Blanc in France; all 106 passengers and 11 crew are killed. Sixteen years earlier, Air India […]
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