Military

Wings Over Camarillo Set for Weekend

Aug 16, 2013 No Comments

Gary Barber loved to make model airplanes as a boy. For Barber, the miniature fighter planes made him feel connected to his father, Stanley Barber, who was away from the family’s Michigan home to serve at an Army base in California during World War II. “It was quite a bit of fun being a kid [...]

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Canadian Air Show to Feature Jets, Warbirds

Aug 16, 2013 No Comments

A celebration of 70 years of Canadian Air Force History in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island will take place Saturday as the Comox Armed Forces Day and Air Show takes flight. “We have planned carefully to welcome thousands of Comox Valley residents and visitors from across British Columbia to 19 Wing, CFB Comox, to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Langley Frank Willard Smith, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1935 – Death of Wiley Post, famed American aviator and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. His hybrid Lockheed Orion, which had the wings of a wrecked experimental Lockheed Explorer, crashes in Barrow, Alaska, killing him and Will [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

1881 – Birth of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh (born Welcher), a Russian-born Jewish-American aviator who became the first flight instructor for the Wright brothers. 1914 – The first true bomber, the French Voisin III, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on German airship hangars at Metz-Frascaty, Germany. 1937 – Beginning of [...]

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USAF to Resume HH-60G Flights on Okinawa

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. military informed Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday that it will resume training flights using Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters Friday after one of the choppers crashed at Camp Hansen on Okinawa Island on Aug. 5, claiming the life of a crewman. The news immediately sparked criticism in Okinawa as the prefectural assembly [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper. 1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13″ (shown above) sets a transcontinental [...]

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Smoke Squadron Pilots Die in Crash

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a military demonstration team plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were the pilot and co-pilot of a Smoke Squadron plane which crashed onto the ground during training, authorities [...]

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Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

When 18-year-old Latifa Nabizada graduated from helicopter flight school in 1991 along with her younger sister, Lailuma, they proudly became Afghanistan’s first-ever female pilots. But they also received their wings and their commissions at the peak of the destructive Afghan civil war, which immediately threw the two women into perilous combat. They were flying for [...]

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