Military

Doolittle Raider, Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments

Now, he’s flying with the angels. Tom Griffin, one of just five surviving Doolittle Raiders, died Tuesday night in his sleep at the Fort Thomas VA hospital in Kentucky. He navigated one of 16 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific during the early dark days of [...]

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Aussies Show Off New Tanker Transport

Feb 27, 2013 No Comments

The two Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters approach the 27-meter-long hoses trailing from the wings of the Airbus airliner like hungry calves seeking out a mother’s teat. High above Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, Australia, yesterday afternoon, the latest inclusion to the Royal Australian Air Force inventory, the KC-30A multirole tanker transport, demonstrated how Australia was now [...]

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Book Review: Roy Grinnell, Artist of the Aces

Feb 27, 2013 3 Comments

There were some high clouds in the sky over Bernieres-sur-Mer, a tiny town in the Normandy region of France, on June 29, 1944. It was typical weather along the English Channel, yet probably more pleasant than the previous week or so, when a storm lasting four days battered the area. Still, an accurate forecast for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace. 1937 – First flight of the Fiat G.50 Arrow, a World War II Italian fighter and Italy’s first single-seat, all-metal monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to go into production. 1941 – Philippine Airlines is founded, making it Asia’s first and oldest [...]

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Medals of British WWII Ace to be Sold

Feb 26, 2013 No Comments

The family of a legendary World War II pilot is having to sell his treasured medal collection for £120,000 ($181,944) to pay for the hero’s care home fees. Wing Commander Bransome “Branse” Burbridge was the Royal Air Force’s most prolific night-fighter pilot of the war, claiming 21 enemy kills. He downed four German planes in a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 25, 2013 No Comments

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by the brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. 1930 – Ralph O’Neil lands in Miami on the first mail service of America airline New York, Rio [...]

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Collings Foundation Sets Date for Bomber Camp 2013

Feb 25, 2013 No Comments

Do you remember watching Twelve O’Clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly – your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine?” The Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program, set for May 29-30 in Stockton, Calif., [...]

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Military Pulls the Plug on Airshows

Feb 23, 2013 No Comments

Facing looming sequestration budget cuts that are due to take effect on March 1, the U.S. Air Force has decided to cancel a number of popular upcoming airshows. At the same time, the Defense Department says it is prepared to put a halt to all “non-essential” military flying on April 1, including performances this year [...]

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