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1893 – Birth of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1931 – Herbert John Louis “Bert” Hinkler takes off in a de Havilland Puss Moth from Canada for a solo flight to London, via Central America and the South Atlantic. He will become only the second person to cross the Atlantic solo, after Charles […]
USAF Nearing Bomber Decision

USAF Nearing Bomber Decision

The U.S. Air Force is poised to deliver the decision of the decade, with reports that the Long-Range Strike Bomber contract award could be announced as early as Tuesday. Two key steps must take place, and Bloomberg reports that the first has already taken place. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, convened a meeting on […]

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Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

The last Avro Vulcan bomber to take to the skies will remain a “living aircraft” despite coming to the end of its flying days, according to the trust dedicated to its preservation. The 55-year-old XH558 has been thrilling millions of enthusiasts around the UK this summer in its last-ever flying season. But it loses its permit […]
Marine Pilot Lost in Hornet Crash

Marine Pilot Lost in Hornet Crash

A Marine Corps fighter pilot died when a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England on Wednesday morning, the service confirmed. British media reported this morning that the single-seater crashed in farmland near Redmere, northwest of the base, and was returning to the United States via the United Kingdom after a deployment to the […]

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Luftwaffe’s  Bf 109E “Emil”

Luftwaffe’s Bf 109E “Emil”

Apart from its combat record, the Bf 109 remains a historic aircraft for sheer numbers produced. More than seven decades after WWII, only the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik exceeds the Messerschmitt’s total of 34,000 produced, even under the pressure of continual Allied bombing. Nothing else comes close. Frequently, the Soviet Yakovlev fighter series is compared to […]
Bird Biplane – Lindbergh’s pick for Anne

Bird Biplane – Lindbergh’s pick for Anne

In 1929, Brunner-Winkle had a hit with their Bird model A biplane, but by the end of the 1920s, even the seemingly inexhaustible supply of surplus Curtiss OX-5 engines had begun to dry up. Airframe manufacturers were scrambling to find new engines, and at the same time, engine manufacturers had seen the writing on the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth  of Frederick James Harry Thayre, British World War I fighter ace. 1919 – French pilot Bernard de Romanet, flying a Nieuport-Delage 29v, sets a world speed record of 166.92 mph. 1948 – First flight of the McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo (shown), a long-range, twin-engine jet fighter with swept wings designed for the U.S. Air Force. Although it never entered service, its design was […]
NMUSAF Moves Into New Hangar

NMUSAF Moves Into New Hangar

With the building structurally complete, the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, began moving exhibits into its new, fourth hangar in October. With the opportunity to see some of these beautiful exhibits outside, WarbirdsNews thought our readers would enjoy seeing some of the images which museum photographers took during the move. For images and the complete story by […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian airplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a on that day, his last victories of the war. 1948 – Test pilot Edwin Schoch makes the first successful release and hook-up to a […]
Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

It’s been 44 years since Sonny Kifer has sat in the cockpit of an LTV A-7B Corsair II, but he can still recognize it at a quick glance. Kifer was a U.S. Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, serving on an aircraft carrier about 90 miles offshore. Most of his missions involved flights just south of the DMZ (demilitarized […]
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