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F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

As people across the Netherlands viewed in person and on TV, the nation’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs touch down for the first time at Leeuwarden Air Base May 23 – a date that will live forever in Netherlands military history. Pilots Col. Bert “Vidal” de Smit and Maj. Pascal “Smiley” Smaal conducted a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane. 1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter. 1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, […]

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‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday deemed the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate. The airworthiness certificate is the most notable milestone yet for the team working to restore the historic B-29. It also comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving […]
Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Publisher Louis DeFrancesco sat across the table from my wife, Marlene, and me on the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Biltmore section of Phoenix and said, “We want to start a new magazine—only rather than being a hobby magazine, like our Model Airplane News, we want it to be on full-scale aircraft. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Ruth Blaney Alexander, U.S. female pioneer aviator. 1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant (shown), British four-engined jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V bomber nuclear force; it is originally developed for high-level strategic missions. 1967 – A prototype Dassault Mirage F1, French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft, crashes due to […]
‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

“Spirit of Artemis,” a Boeing Stearman biplane piloted by Tracy Curtis-Taylor, who was using the airplane to retrace old airmail routes across the United States, crashed in Arizona last week. Fortunately, Curtis-Taylor and her passenger, Ewald Gritsch, both walked away from the accident, but the airplane is in need of major repair. In her own […]

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Travel Air A-6000A: Back from  the Aerial Dead

Travel Air A-6000A: Back from the Aerial Dead

Looking back at the Travel Air Manufacturing Company of the late 1920s from this end of history’s telescope, it looks like an aviation dream team. Of course, at the time, there was no way to know that each of the company’s founders, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman would go on to become aviation […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Antoine Laplasse, French pioneer aviator and World War I flying ace. 1930 – First flight of the Blériot Bl-110 nicknamed “Joseph Le Brix,” a French high-wing single-engine monoplane designed for endurance records. 1959 – The newly-formed Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks, flying gold-finished North American Sabres, performs its first demonstration at […]

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Bomber Crew: A Day in Their Lives

Bomber Crew: A Day in Their Lives

B-17 crewmen remember the German missions Aboard each of the thousands of B-17 Flying Fortresses that left the soil of England bound for targets in Europe were 10 young men. Outwardly, they were no different from any late-teen or early-twenties boy you’d meet anywhere in America. Same faces, same names, same youthful vigor and sense […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Elwyn Roy “Bo” King, Australian World War I fighter ace and instructor during World War II. 1917 – Death of Julius Busa, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he is shot down by Italian ace Francesco Baracca in a SPAD S.VII. 1927 – Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, N.J., around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi. […]
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