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Australia’s Forgotten Hero: Jimmy Melrose

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

The place was Melton, near Melbourne, Australia, the date was July 5, 1936. Cahill’s farm stood where Genesis Fitness Centre now stands. Mr. and Mrs. Cahill were milking their cows just after 8 a.m. High above them, a tiny plane circled the town. A fierce storm with strong winds tore at the plane and, as [...]

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Free Online Drawing of Original Ace-Maker

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

The first verifiable instance of a pilot downing five opponents unaided in one day was Leutnant Fritz Otto Bernert. It was April, 1917 and he was flying an Albatros. Click below to download an amazing three view drawing of the Albatros as only William Wylam could do them. This should go on your den wall! Download it [...]

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Rare Bird: Pitcairn Autogiro

Sep 09, 2013 1 Comment

By Gilles Auliard “This is a real prehistoric monster in flight. Once the helicopter was built, these autogiros became dinosaurs,” stated the late Jack Tiffany of Spring Valley, Ohio, at the time, co-owner (with Jim Hammond of Yellow Springs, Ohio) of the Pitcairn PA-18 N1267B (c/n G-65), the only example of the type flying in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ferruccio Ranza, World War I Italian fighter ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1912 – Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett Trophy by flying a world record speed of 108 mph in his Deperdussin Monocoque monoplane (shown above) at Chicago, Ill. 1943 – Italian battleship Roma is sunk by two German radio-controlled glide [...]

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CAF Red Tail Center of Museum Display

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

It’s been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, yet it can still teach some valuable lessons, according to Mark Hanson, the curator of Chanute Air Museum, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. Nearly 1,000 school children will get a lesson in how a group of African-American fighter [...]

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Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

Sep 09, 2013 2 Comments

By Warren Thompson The reason why the earlier U.S. aircraft carriers had flight decks covered with wood as opposed to steel has been a mystery to many. Most will tell you that all of the decks were with teakwood. This may have been the preferred material, but beginning in 1941, most of the world’s teakwood [...]

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Leuchars Airshow Signs Off in Style

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

More than 40,000 people saluted the 65th and final RAF Leuchars Airshow on Saturday. The sun shone on a captivated audience who enjoyed aerobatic and ground displays celebrating the attack and protect role that the Royal Air Force provides for the UK. The day concluded with a poignant ceremony recognizing the Typhoon transition to RAF Lossiemouth, [...]

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Canadian Aerobatic Teams to Visit Nova Scotia

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

The line-up for the Yarmouth International Airport Air Experience, scheduled for this weekend in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a veritable powerhouse. The air show is the only one in the province to feature the top three Royal Canadian Air Force display teams this summer: the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds 431 demonstration squadron, the national [...]

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