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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Godwin Brumowski, the most successful ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force during World War I. 1912 – U.S. Navy Lt. John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox, in a Wright B1 Flyer, send the first wireless message from an airplane to a ship, the torpedo boat U.S.S. Stringham, near Annapolis, Md. 1929 – Frenchman Joanny Burtin sets a […]
Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Planes mostly seen only in the pages of history books these days will soar over the Valley Saturday as part of the Centennial Celebration of Aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wasilla Airport in Alaska. Jane Dale, with the Alaska Air Show Association, said the air show was rescheduled after weather kept the pilots […]

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B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

It took a few minutes for Staff Sgt. Oliver Hantak, 92, and First Lt. Jack Jerred, 90, to climb into the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic “Fifi,” on Thursday afternoon at Wisconsin Aviation in Madison, Wis. It had been 67 years since either of the World War II veterans and […]
USMC Deactivating Air Units

USMC Deactivating Air Units

As the drumbeat of force restructuring beats on in the U.S. Marine Corps, more units are folding up their colors. Back in 2011, the Marine Corps laid out a plan for deactivating and realigning units to bring the Corps down from 202,000 to a “middleweight” force of 182,000, and much of that restructuring is going on […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Gabriel Fernand Charles Guérin, French World War I fighter ace. 1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day over the Western Front during World War I. 1939 – A Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Fw […]
EAA AirVenture 2013 Begins Next Week

EAA AirVenture 2013 Begins Next Week

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013 will take off on Monday and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4, at Wittman Regional Airport, 525 W. 20th Ave., in Oshkosh, Wis. Fly-ins are expected to begin on Sunday and the event will feature programs and activities designed for all ages. Highlights include a Salute to Veterans Day on Friday, […]

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Human-Powered Flight Competition Underway in UK

Human-Powered Flight Competition Underway in UK

People can go along to watch those magnificent men in their flying machines – but with a difference. The Royal Aeronautical Society is holding its second Icarus Cup competition at Sywell Aerodrome near Northampton, England, until Sunday. The competition, which is for human-powered aircraft, attracts teams from around the country who have to complete a series […]
New York Park’s F-86L at Crossroads

New York Park’s F-86L at Crossroads

It is hard to believe that the North American F-86L Sabre that stands in Ford R. Dally Airplane Park in Monroe, N.Y., is 50 years old this year. Although some people may consider it nothing more than an old airplane, it is far more then that — it is a monument to the men who […]

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Historic C-47 Flies Again in Pacific Northwest

Historic C-47 Flies Again in Pacific Northwest

Paine Field (KPAE) in Everett, Wash., is home to a variety of both modern and vintage aircraft.  Though brand spanking new Boeing planes are built there and delivered to around the world, the vintage aircraft hopefully come to stay around for a while. At the Historic Flight Foundation (HFF), there are some glorious classic aircraft that have […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1837 – Charles Green takes off in the “Great Nassau” balloon with Robert Cocking in England. At a height of 5,000 feet Cocking jumps from the balloon in a parachute of his own construction into a field at Burnt Ash Farm near Lee. Cocking dies on reaching the ground, making him the first parachute fatality in history. […]
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