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56th FG Jugs: Paint Them Anything But Boring

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

By Stan Piet As the long-lived Thunderbolt group in the ETO, the 56th FG certainly sported some of the most varied camouflage plus squadron and individual markings in England. Upon arrival at Kings Cliffe in January 1943, its first combat-ready P-47C models bore a factory-standard olive drab over neutral gray livery. As the Thunderbolt was [...]

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Post D-Day Fighter Conference

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

Where Do We Go From Here? By Budd Davisson What we have here is an executive retreat held in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire,  home of the 361st FG, August 1944. It is a get-together of all fighter group COs in the 8th Air Force and represents a who’s who of Post D-Day fighter aviation. Front to back: [...]

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Eyewitness to History: A Childhood Interrupted

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

By W. Joan Hawgood Hall, Former ACW.2 On September 1, 1939, my brother, Berkley, and I were being evacuated from London. Almost everything we owned was in our backpacks that Daddy had made for us, our gas masks in their boxes around our neck, our names on our coats. Mum and Dad came down to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Herwig Knüppel, German flying ace of the Spanish War and World War II. 1923 – First flight of the Boeing NB (or Model 21), American primary training aircraft; the equal-span biplane is capable of either wheeled or float undercarriages. 1969 – Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming [...]

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How WWI Changed Aviation Forever

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

When the world went to war in 1914, the Wright Brothers had only made the world’s first powered flight little over a decade before. But the remarkable advances made in aviation during World War One are still at the core of air power today, says Dr. Peter Gray. To say the first aeroplanes used in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 16, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Keith Logan “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand World War I fighter ace and World War II Royal New Zealand Air Force high-ranking officer. 1908 – First flight of the British Army Aeroplane No. 1, or sometimes known as Cody 1, a British biplane; it is the first recognized powered and sustained flight [...]

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Mitsubishi RJ Set to Debut, Finally

Oct 16, 2014 No Comments

It’s almost four years late in arrival. Now, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists, Japanis finally ready to show its first passenger jet to the world. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. will unveil the regional jet at Nagoya on Oct. 18 after three delays as customers such as ANA Holdings Inc. and SkyWest Inc. await delivery. Mitsubishi is building 78-and 92-seater planes [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments

1912 – Death of Henri Cobioni, Swiss aviation pioneer; he is killed in the crash of his Blériot monoplane during a meeting at La Chaux-de-Fonds. 1915 – First flight of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 (reproduction shown), a British single-seat World War I biplane fighter. 1943 – American Airlines Flight 63, a Douglas DC-3, crashes [...]

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