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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

1918 – Ensign John McNamara makes the first U.S. Navy attack on a submarine. 1926 – Willy Messerschmitt, a graduate of Munich Technical College and already an experienced designer of light aircraft and sailplanes, forms the Messerschmitt aircraft company. 1928 – Jim Lovell, American astronaut, was born. James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, which [...]

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Navy to Cut Four Carrier Air Wings, Training Schedules

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Due to spending cuts, U.S. Navy aircraft will be sent into long-term storage, training will be limited to a simulator and the daily routine will shift to admin work. And it may begin as soon as April. These are the latest details from Naval Air Forces, which is planning for the standdown of four carrier [...]

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Georgia Museum to Shed 32 Warbirds, Missiles

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

For the first time in its 29-year history, the Museum of Aviation at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base is downsizing. The museum is getting rid of 29 planes and three missiles, which is about a third of its total collection. Museum Director Ken Emery said the move is largely due to U.S. Air Force personnel cuts [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

1903 - James S. Russell, U.S. Navy admiral and pilot, is born. He was instrumental in the capture of the Aleutian, or Koga’s, Zero, a Japanese fighter plane which crash-landed on Akutan Island, Alaska Territory, during World War II. It was captured intact in July 1942 and became the first flyable Zero acquired by the U.S. during the war. 1919 – The first regular [...]

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Marine F-35B Conducts First Vertical Landing

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off-Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on Thursday. Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B Lightning II test pilot, conducted VMFA-121’s first short landing and takeoff as well as [...]

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Florida Air Show a Swan Song for Thunderbirds

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

Brevard County, Fla., hosts its share of festivals — at the park, on the beach, in the water and up in the air. The 36th annual Tico Warbird AirShow takes flight today through Sunday at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. The headlining Air Force Thunderbirds will make their first appearance at the event. However, it [...]

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The Weirdest Aircraft of the 20th Century

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

The 20th Century gave us the Wright Brothers, the 747 and the Concorde. But it also gave us some of the strangest things ever to take to the skies. Here are some of the most insane aircraft ever conceived. For the complete story by Vincze Miklos of io9.com, click here. Photo by Aerocar For Sale

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

1877 – Maurice Farman, French aviation pioneer and manufacturer, is born. He set world endurance and speed records in flying in 1909 and manufactured airplanes. 1916 – U.S. Coast Guard Capt.-Commandant Ellsworth P. Bertholf orders Coast Guard experimentation with the use of aircraft and directs Third Lt. Elmer F. Stone to begin flight training. It is the [...]

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