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C-45 Found in New York Lake 62 Years Later

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments

The wreck of a U.S. Air Force Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor aircraft abandoned during flight by its crew in 1952 has been located in Lake Ontario near Oswego, N.Y. On Sept. 11, 1952, the plane, which took off from Bedford, Mass., to Griffis Air Force Base near Rome, N.Y., was crippled by an engine failure. Believing the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 07, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Fritz John Jacobsen, German World War I flying ace. 1929 – Dwight S. “Barney” Zimmerley, in a Barling NB-3 bomber, sets a long-distance record, flying from Brownsville, Texas to Winnipeg, in 16 hours. 1962 – First conventional flight of the Lockheed XV-4 Hummingbird (originally designated VZ-10), a U.S. Army project to produce [...]

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F-35B Training Squadron Moving to S.C.

Jul 07, 2014 No Comments

Members of one of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort’s new F-35B squadrons are arriving in Beaufort, but the new jets won’t take to local skies until later this fall, according to air station officials. The arrival of Marines from VMFAT-501, the F-35B training squadron that will call the air station home, will be celebrated [...]

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If Looks Could Kill

Jul 06, 2014 No Comments

WW II’s Most Beautiful and Deadly Fighter By: James P. Busha It has been said that every soldier in every foxhole lives a different life in combat: even though the troops are all fighting the same battle, each soldier and pilot sees only the exact actions in which he is involved. That’s their private war. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

1937 – First flight of the Dornier Do 24 (K variant shown), a  German three-engine flying boat. 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean on a flight from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, and are never seen again. 1941 – Death of Wilhelm Balthasar, German World War II ace; he is killed in action when his Messerschmitt [...]

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‘Heavy Bombers’ Return to Wisconsin

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison, Wis., the weekend before EAA AirVenture. The 3-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature an airworthy North American B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell;” the [...]

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The Wilder Wildcat

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve never heard of the Grumman XF4F-8 Wildcat, don’t worry. Hardly anyone has. But it led to one of the most unappreciated fighters in history. In late 1943, with Grumman committed to building F6F Hellcats, the Navy sought another source of Wildcats and Avengers. The answer was General Motors, with large plants lying idle [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

1938 – A Heinkel He-116R, a German four-engined, long-range mail plane, sets a endurance record by covering 6,178 miles unrefueled; the flight took just over 48 hours to complete. 1943 – “Tuskegee Airman” Charles “Buster” Hall downs a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, becoming the first black American to score a victory [...]

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