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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets […]
‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a […]

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Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crash landed in an empty area of reclaimed land about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base, officials said Monday afternoon. The Sikorsky MH-60S, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, crashed after sending a distress call at 3:31 p.m. Monday, according to a […]
Lockheed Commemorates 100th F-35

Lockheed Commemorates 100th F-35

A top Lockheed Martin Aeronautics official expressed confidence in the affordability and development of the largest jet fighter program in U.S. history at an early Friday news conference. “It’s been a transformative year for the program,’’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Lorraine Martin told reporters. “It’s been about maturing this program, not only the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines. 1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters. 1951 – […]
The Story of Whisky Hotel 799

The Story of Whisky Hotel 799

In a little-known and long-forgotten sideshow to the Suez crisis of November 1956, the British government conducted secret aerial reconnaissance missions over Syria. These missions came amid Cold War fears that the British-French-Israeli attack against Egypt would ignite a direct East-West confrontation. The fears were heightened after it emerged that then-Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli had traveled […]

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Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Christmas in Alaska came early this week to nearly 300 students attending school in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Kwethluk. Thanks to the volunteer program co-ordinated by the Alaska National Guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the western Alaska community and took pictures with them before helper elves handed out gifts. “Santa and […]
Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

This year Aviation Week’s chief test pilot, Fred George, buckled up in the left seat of a number of business jets, including Gulfstream’s G650, Dassault’s Falcon 2000S and Bombardier’s Learjet 75.  Fred is senior editor for Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, and in addition to flying business jets, he was also the first aviation journalist to fly […]

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Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon. Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita. Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canadian World War I flying ace William Wendell Rogers shoots down a Gotha G bomber piloted by German Blue Max order of merit winner Hauptmann Rudolf Kleine, killing Kleine and his three crew members. 1937 – While anchored upstream from […]
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