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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Stephen Potter, U.S. Navy officer and early naval aviator; he would become the first American naval aviator to shoot down a German plane. 1937 – Pan American World Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boat “Samoan Clipper” inaugurates the first air mail and freight service between the U.S. and New Zealand. 1948 – […]
Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Wichita workers on Textron AirLand’s secret multi-mission tactical military jet, the Scorpion, never called the project by its real name until it became public in September. And they rarely used its code name – SCV12-1. “It was too much of a tongue twister,” said Dale Tutt, the Scorpion’s chief engineer. “Most of the time we just […]

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Condor Squadron Keeps ‘Em Flying

Condor Squadron Keeps ‘Em Flying

On the west side of California’s Van Nuys Airport, it’s like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the […]
Museum Restoring Soviet Cargo Plane

Museum Restoring Soviet Cargo Plane

Right now, it’s not much more than a metal hulk covered in faded gray paint, but a Cold War-era Soviet cargo aircraft soon will take its place beside similar, American-built planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The Antonov AN-2 “Colt” was delivered the museum’s restoration hangar on […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1852 – Birth of David Schwarz, Croatian aviation pioneer; he later created the first flyable rigid airship, which was also the first airship with an external hull made entirely of metal. 1928 – Hubert Wilkins and  Carl Eielson takes off from Deception Island with a Lockheed Vega for a 10-hour flight and flies over Graham […]

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USAF C-17 Reaches Flying Milestone

USAF C-17 Reaches Flying Milestone

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tom Brading, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The first C-17 Globemaster III to join the Air Force fleet, “The Spirit of Charleston,” reached new heights recently by logging more than 20,000 flight hours. This achievement marks the first C-17 to reach this milestone, and to honor the […]
Evergreen Museum May Sell Vintage Planes

Evergreen Museum May Sell Vintage Planes

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 operations on the other side of Highway 18 in McMinnville, Ore. Though the museum’s land and buildings are owned and operated through the nonprofit Michael […]

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Iranian Air Force Begins Exercises

Iranian Air Force Begins Exercises

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) started massive air drills over the county’s Southern waters on Friday. The two-day exercises are the main and second phase of large-scale drills codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV, Deputy IRIAF Commander Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor told reporters on Thursday. Units from all IRIAF bases are taking part in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa flew Japan’s first successful powered aircraft flight (a Farman Biplane) at Yoyogi Parade Ground where Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is now located. 1930 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first autogiro pilot to carry a passenger, flying a PCA-2 Pitcairn Autogyro and making several trips with various passengers until dark. 1942 – Birth […]
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