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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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Texas Native Flying High as F-16 Pilot

May 27, 2013 No Comments

Given her family’s military lineage, Clancy Morrical seemed destined to become a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her father served in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot, while her mother is a retired physical therapist with the U.S. Army. And Morrical’s grandmother was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. But [...]

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Aviation History Returns to Australian Town

May 27, 2013 No Comments

A piece of Australia’s aviation history flew into Warrnambool, Victoria, Monday carrying descendents of the first chairman of Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) onboard. The flight of the heritage Douglas DC-3 airliner (VH-AES “Hawdon”) was to include Nancy Duncan, who was 22 when the plane first travelled from Melbourne to Sydney with 24 passengers more than [...]

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Ohio Pilot Part of Indy 500 Flyover

May 25, 2013 No Comments

When the national anthem is playing before the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Salem, Ohio, pilot Don Stamp will be aimed right down the main straightaway of the famous 2.5-mile oval, home to the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, as it concludes. He will be part of a six-plane wing that includes North [...]

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UK Fighters Intercept Pakistani Flight

May 25, 2013 No Comments

Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British passengers who allegedly threatened to destroy the plane. A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 24, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock, British World War I fighter ace and one of the highest-scoring British Empire aces of all time; he also is regarded as one of the greatest fighter pilots of World War I. 1912 – Anthony Fokker crashes his Goedecker-built B1912 monoplane at Berlin, just 10 days after demonstrating it to the [...]

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National Warplane Museum Returning to New York

May 24, 2013 No Comments

The National Warplane Museum is coming back home to Geneseo, N.Y. The Geneseo-based 1941 Historical Aircraft Group announced at a Thursday morning news conference that it had reacquired the name of the National Warplane Museum, which will make its headquarters at 3489 Big Tree Lane in Geneseo. “Today is a very special day for us. It [...]

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