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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of  Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov, Russian test pilot, World War I pilot and glider designer; he was one of the founders of soaring in the Soviet Union. 1908 – First passenger flight in Europe occurs as Henri Farman takes up Ernest Archdeacon for a brief flight at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 1935 – First flight [...]

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Canada, International Forces Begin Exercise Maple Flag 46

May 29, 2013 No Comments

Aircrews from Canada’s allies and partners will fly alongside the Royal Canadian Air Force in Exercise Maple Flag 46. This large-scale, international air combat exercise is hosted annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., and is taking place this year from May 27 to June 21. “Exercises such as Maple Flag make an enormous contribution to [...]

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Stearman Owner Caters to Flying War Vets

May 29, 2013 No Comments

In a hangar at Bryan’s Coulter Airfield in Central Texas sits a 1941 U.S. Navy training aircraft waiting for veterans who learned to fly in the same model plane. Self-described aviation buff Jay Anding, 48, has been offering free flights to World War II aviation veterans since he and his buddies finished restoring the airplane more [...]

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Film Highlights Spitfire Pilot, Crash Landing Footage

May 28, 2013 16 Comments

Imagine you flew a Supermarine Spitfire out of an Allied base during World War II. Easy enough for most guys, even some gals, right? Now imagine you did a belly landing in one of those famous fighters and a flight surgeon from base captured the event on film. After the war, you and Doc visit, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1924 – Adrienne Bolland wins the women’s record for looping from Laura Bromwell, performing the feat 212 times in just over an hour in her Caudron 127 in Paris. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air [...]

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Spirit of Goodyear Floats Over North Carolina

May 28, 2013 No Comments

If you looked up into the sky Monday, you may have seen the Goodyear blimp navigating the skies of Hickory, N.C. Ashton Leonard, a 17-year-old junior at Bandys High School and one of the lucky riders on the blimp, said his experience was “amazing.” “I’m kind of speechless,” said Leonard, who also said he had never [...]

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Pennsylvania Man Part of B-24 Mystery

May 28, 2013 No Comments

The morning of Jan. 30, 1944, a Sunday, the 718th Squadron of the U.S Army Air Forces’ 449th Bomb Group took off from its base in Grottaglie, a small village on the heel of Italy’s boot, on a mission to bomb an airfield in Udine, site of a Nazi base near Trieste on the Adriatic [...]

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U.S. Fighter Crashes Off Japan, Pilot Rescued

May 28, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Air Force fighter jet crashed off the southern Japan island of Okinawa early Tuesday after the aircraft developed problems in flight. The pilot ejected and was recovered safely. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, flying out of Kadena Air Base, went down in the Pacific about 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Okinawa, the [...]

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