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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Leslie Leroy Irvin, American stuntman and early parachutist; he will make the first free-fall parachute jump in 1919. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England and while an Italian Savoia S.13 is the only finisher, its pilot is disqualified for missing a turning buoy. When judges ask Guido Janello to complete another lap, [...]

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Historic Air Races Rock Reno This Week

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week at Reno-Stead Airport with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, “the world’s [...]

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Boeing Set to Deliver Last C-17 to USAF

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Lynne Jungers has been thinking about this moment for the last two years. The longtime Boeing Co. customer relations manager — who has seen former President Bill Clinton, the late Bob Hope and dozens of dignitaries visit the C-17 Globemaster III at its East Long Beach, Calif., assembly plant — is bracing herself for Thursday, [...]

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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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