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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1885 – Birth of John Henry Towers, U.S. Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator. 1931 – First flight of the Tupolev ANT-8, a Soviet experimental flying boat. 1942 – Qantas Short Empire G-AEUH is shot down by seven Japanese fighters and crashes near East Timor; 13 of 18 on board die. 1991 – Royal Navy Westland Lynx helicopters, Royal Air Force SEPECAT […]
Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Three pilots have escaped unharmed after their jet planes collided in midair off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. Two Kawasaki T-4 trainers belonging to the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team of the Japanese air force made contact as they practiced flying in formation, with one plane damaging part of its nose and the […]

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‘New’ Eastern Air Lines to Return

‘New’ Eastern Air Lines to Return

Eastern Air Lines Group said Tuesday that it had taken an initial step to launching a new airline in Miami, albeit one that carries a lot of history. The old Eastern, which went out of business in 1991, had headquarters in Miami. Although the new company is careful to point out that it is “not […]
Museum to Hold Living History Day

Museum to Hold Living History Day

Spend this Saturday on Hawaii’s Ford Island celebrating the adventures of yesterday’s heroes and today’s pioneers. History comes alive at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu through musical performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. Meet the Nisei Veterans of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regiment as well as Stacey Hayas, author […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer. 1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber. 1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty […]
B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

The volunteers in Wichita, Kans., have been hard at work restoring “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, since the project resumed nearly one year ago. “We have made significant progress recently hanging the first engine on the airplane,” said Jeff Turner, chairman of the board of Doc’s Friends, the non-profit organization set up to restore the Superfortress. As […]

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Red Flag Operations Return

Red Flag Operations Return

Story by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz The latest iteration of the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined […]
U.S. Customs Grounds Drone Fleet

U.S. Customs Grounds Drone Fleet

Drones used to monitor U.S. borders and ports were grounded after an operator ditched one of the unmanned aircraft off the California coast due to a mechanical failure. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection craft went into the Pacific Ocean about 11:15 p.m. local time on Jan. 27 around 20 miles southwest of San Diego, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet, French World War I fighter ace and successful sporting pilot. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (shown), a German low-level ground attack and observation aircraft; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1941 – Final air battle of the French-Thai War. Royal Thai Air […]
India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, […]
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