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Mission into Darkness

Mission into Darkness

Flying the SB2C Helldiver into probable suicide On June 19, 1944, Task Force-58’s (TF-58) fighter and dive-bomber aircrews celebrated the combined destruction of 380 Japanese airplanes during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. But our exhilaration was almost dashed the very next day when we went hunting for the fleeing Japanese fleet. Those of us flying […]
Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

In response to a 1938 USAAC request for a twin-engine light attack bomber, North American Aviation submitted a prototype they designate NA-40. Powered by two P & W R-1830s eventually developing 1,600 hp each, the prototype crashed. But we would hear from it again. Visualize the NA-40 with a much wider fuselage and side-by-side cockpit […]

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First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

Doc’s Friends, the group managing the restoration of the B-29 known as Doc, announced today the historic B-29 will make its return to flight Sunday, July 17. The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress will take off from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base, adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of William Otto Brash Winkler, Scottish World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, German Gotha heavy bombers make a third attack on England, killing 65 people and injuring 245. 1927 – T.B. Tull and J.V. Medcalf are the first Canadians to attempt a transatlantic flight but after they depart Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, the duo […]

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Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

China’s air force on Wednesday put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft, as part of the government’s ambitious modernization program. The Xian Y-20 has a maximum takeoff weight of 200 tons and is ideal for carrying cargo and people over long distances in difficult weather conditions, the air force said in a short statement […]
Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

If Paul Chapman had crash-landed his plane over the King Ranch in south Texas after the engine started to chuck and putt he might not have been awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Federal Aviation Administration awards the Wright Brothers honor to pilots who have made significant contributions to aviation and have 50 […]

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Lease Woes Doom Virginia Aviation Museum

Lease Woes Doom Virginia Aviation Museum

The Capital Region Airport Commission on Tuesday voted down a request to transfer a lease for the airport property that houses the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond to a new operator. Despite numerous meetings over the past eight months, airport officials were unable to come to terms with the nonprofit Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, which […]
Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., recently opened its new three-acre Aviation Pavilion. The nine-story roofed outdoor gallery doubles the museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history. The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be […]

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Penultimate Living Doolittle Raider Dies

Now it’s down to one. David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the fabled Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula, Mont., hospital. His son Jeff said Thatcher, 94, had been going downhill for the past month or so and suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Chow Ting-Fong, Chinese Sino-Japanese War flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Bristol Ten-seater (Bristol Type 62), British single-engine biplane transport aircraft. 1946 – First airmail flown by jet is made by a U.S. Air Force Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. 1993 – Death of Ernest Graham Joy, Canadian World War […]
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