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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1863 – Birth of Léon Levavasseur, French power plant engineer, aircraft designer and inventor; his innovations include the V8 engine, direct fuel injection and evaporative engine cooling. 1959 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy (shown), a British post-war military transport-cargo aircraft and the last aircraft produced by Armstrong Whitworth. 1987 – Death […]
B-25J ‘Tondelayo’ Flying Over San Francisco

B-25J ‘Tondelayo’ Flying Over San Francisco

North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation (DASMF) at Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, near Sacramento in Northern California, reports Mike Shreeve of Aeroplane. The plane, N3476G, which has been inactive for much of the past five years at the […]

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How a Wayward Part Doomed a Bomber

How a Wayward Part Doomed a Bomber

A sign in World War II’s Anglo-American Supply headquarters in London displayed the adage that begins with “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.” It quickly marches through several increasingly larger military problems, each triggered by the one that came before. It ends with “For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.” While the […]
USAF Pave Hawk Crew Killed in Crash

USAF Pave Hawk Crew Killed in Crash

Investigations have been launched to determine what caused a U.S. Air Force Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter to crash during a training sortie being flown from RAF Lakenheath in the UK on Tuesday. All four crew members died when the aircraft came down at Cley next the sea on the north Norfolk coast […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot. 1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, […]
RCAF Scrounging for Buffalo Parts

RCAF Scrounging for Buffalo Parts

The Canadian military has been going to the literal ends of the earth to keep its aging search-and-rescue airplanes flying, underlining the desperate need for replacement aircraft following decades of delays and political squabbling. Top Defence Department officials were told in a secret briefing last year that the military had been forced to “purchase spare […]

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A321T Begins U.S. Transcon Duty

A321T Begins U.S. Transcon Duty

American Airlines on Tuesday inaugurated service aboard the new Airbus A321T, the first of what will become a dedicated three-class fleet operating on transcontinental flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). American will initially operate the A321T between New York and Los Angeles, and will introduce the new […]
Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

The world-class air museum developed by Evergreen International Aviation founder Del Smith may be in for some painful losses in the wake of the apparent collapse of Smith’s network of for-profit operation. The McMinnville, Oregon, museum housing Howard Hughes’ mammoth H-4 Hercules (better known as the “Spruce Goose”) is facing financial scrutiny, and the ownership […]

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Delta Ends Domestic DC-9 Service

Delta Ends Domestic DC-9 Service

Delta Air Lines is retiring its last DC-9s, the oldest passenger plane in the fleet of the big U.S. airlines. Atlanta, Ga.-based Delta operated the final passenger flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta Monday evening. McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was noteworthy at the time because […]
Free Online Drawing: FW-190A

Free Online Drawing: FW-190A

This month Flight Journal readers are the winners, when it comes to stuff being lost in our attic. Until John Dibbs offered us his fantastic photos of the Flying Heritage Collection’s one-of-a-kind, original flying FW-190A we’d never poked around in our archives to see what we had in the way of Focke-Wulf drawings. And you […]
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