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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Erik Thomas, German World War I flying ace. 1967 – First flight of the Dornier Do 31 (shown), a West German experimental VTOL jet transport. 1971 – Death of Alfred Clayburn Atkey, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1982 – The final flight of Canadair CP-107 Argus 10742 takes place when the marine reconnaissance aircraft is flown [...]

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Spec Ops Squadron Gets New Plane

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

The 5th Special Operations Squadron added yet another airframe to its list of Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft they use to train aircrews. The squadron began C-146A Wolfhound formal training unit flights in December at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. So far, the squadron has trained six pilots and four loadmasters. “The C-146 mission [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Dan Vizanti, Romanian World War II fighter ace. 1914 – Death of U.S. Army Lt. Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator; he is killed when the right wing of his Wright Model C has an in-flight structural failure and crashes in San Diego Bay off the California coast. 1937 – First flight of the Blackburn [...]

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Defiant Replica Leaves RAF Cosford

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

A replica of the Boulton Paul Defiant bomber-destroyer aircraft has been loaded on two trucks as it leaves England’s RAF Cosford for a new home. The craft, which took eight years and 50,000 man hours to construct, is the latest in a collection of planes and aircraft parts to be shipped out of Cosford to museums [...]

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The A-10 Warthog vs. Politics: Aviation Insider

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments

You cannot participate in any tactical aviation forum these days without getting caught in the controversy over the monthly on again-off again retirement and resurrection of the A-10 Warthog. No new arguments are being forwarded on either side. All has been said over and over since the early 1970s, and the fight is not so much in the military arena but rather in the political arena; so what else is new? The two basic arguments seem to be whether the A-10 is the “only” viable close air support platform and whether the USAF really wants to do the CAS mission. I’d like to explore that controversy from the point of view of someone whose 1,800 hours in type qualifies as having “been there.”

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator. 1918 – Death of Rupert Randolph Winter, British World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1959 – A Beechcraft Bonanza carrying musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashes near Clear Lake, Iowa, in what has become known as “The Day the Music Died.” 1964 – The [...]

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Flying the Coolest Bizjet

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

What’s the coolest airplane in the world, at least that a civilian could buy? There are some impressive contenders for that unofficial title, including a couple I’ve had the chance to fly in the past year, such as the Gulfstream G650 and the Cessna Citation X+. Flying Magazine recently got the chance to fly yet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Richard Pearman Minifie, Australian World War I fighter ace who also served as a squadron leader in the Air Training Corps of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. 1919 – Death of Leslie Jacob “Rummy” Rummell, American World War I flying ace. 1941 – Eight Fairey Swordfish from the British [...]

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