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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Juan Pablo Aldasoro, Mexican aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1939 – First flight of the Bristol Bolingbroke (shown), a maritime patrol aircraft used by the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Built by Fairchild-Canada, it is a variant of the Bristol Blenheim MkIV bomber. 1954 – A Tupolev Tu-4 bomber of the USSR drops a 40-kiloton atomic weapon […]
Jet Pilot Crashes, Dies During Air Show

Jet Pilot Crashes, Dies During Air Show

Family members tell WBIR-TV Jay Gordon of Louisville, Ky., died Saturday when his plane crashed during an air show in Scott County, Tenn.. Gordon’s nephew Blake Dunlap told WBIR authorities found his uncle’s body last night. Gordon was the only person on board the single-engine plane when the crash happened. He was participating in the […]

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Land Now! 9/11 – An Anniversary Worth Remembering

Land Now! 9/11 – An Anniversary Worth Remembering

We at Flight Journal consider it to be an honor to present stories of those who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 as pilots or flight crew. This is yet another view of the event that has shaped our present and our future. “Our plane has been hijacked. Flight attendant #1 stabbed. Flight […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett Trophy by flying a world-record speed of 108 mph in his Monocoque Deperdussin monoplane (shown with crew) at Chicago, Ill. 1929 – First flight of the de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth, a British three-seater high-wing monoplane. 1973 – Death of Sergei Konstantinovich Tumansky, Soviet aircraft engine designer. […]

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‘Precious Metal’ Air Racer Damaged

‘Precious Metal’ Air Racer Damaged

A well-known unlimited air racer, the North American P-51 Mustang named “Precious Metal,” caught fire Tuesday during a fuel stop at Marianna Municipal Airport in Florida’s Panhandle. According to AllThingsAero.com, owner-pilot Thom Richard was leaving the fuel pad when the aircraft, powered by a 3,200-horsepower Rolls Royce Griffon that sits behind unique, contra-rotating propellers, caught fire. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – British Army Aeroplane No. 1 (1A replica shown), with builder Samuel Franklin Cody at the controls, makes a sustained flight of more than an hour around Laffan’s Plain (Farnborough), travelling about 46 miles in 1 hour, 3 minutes; it is the first recorded cross-country flight in the UK. 1912 – Birth of James […]

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Stearman Fly-In Begins

Stearman Fly-In Begins

As brightly colored airplanes navigated the skies over Galesburg’s Municipal Airport in Illinois during the 44th National Stearman Fly-in, visitors on the ground were treated to  up-close views of the planes during tram tours along the flight line. Commander of Illinois AMVETS Post 8 Rich Vannatta volunteered his time to lead several of Monday’s tours, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Florence Gunderson Klingensmith, American aviator of the golden age of air racing, founding member of the Ninety-Nines (a women’s pilot group) and one of the first women to participate in air races with men. 1922 – Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (shown) makes her first appearance in an American airshow at Curtiss Field […]

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Looking Back: Project FICON

Looking Back: Project FICON

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are a dominant presence in waters around the world, and interestingly enough, the Air Force once tried to make a flying version. During World War II, bomber aircraft could fly thousands of miles to their targets, unlike gas-guzzling fighters, which had much shorter ranges. This was a big problem for bombers, since they were sitting […]
The Ever-Present Sidewinder

The Ever-Present Sidewinder

Kern County, California, 1952: a 1949 Kaiser raced down a desert runway with a streamlined object fitted to a crude bracket on the right side. Lacking a wind tunnel, the passengers — engineers in the front and back seats — took notes on the model’s aerodynamic performance. They were testing the XAAM-N-7, the world’s first […]
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