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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Lincoln Beachey performs the first loop in the U.S. over North Island near San Diego, Calif. 1920 – Birth of Alfred William “Bill” Bedford, British World War II fighter pilot, instructor and Hawker Siddeley test pilot; he later pioneers the development of V/STOL aircraft. 1944 – Death of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World [...]

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Chinese Fighter Disappoints in First Display

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments

The big curiosity at this year’s Airshow China was the prototype Shenyang FC-31 fighter that was making its first public appearance. Previously billed as the J-31, the stealthy-looking aircraft first flew two years ago. It is a smaller complement to the Chengdu J-20, which was the first of the PRC’s new stealth aircraft. Although the aircraft has a configuration [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

1919 – The American Railway Express Company hires a Handley Page V/1500 to carry 1,000 pounds of parcels from New York to Chicago, but the attempt fails due to mechanical problems. 1933 – Birth of Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., American U.S. Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut; he becomes one of only 24 people [...]

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Six ‘Battle of Britain’ Aircraft Set for Restoration

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

Six fighter planes that were part of a collection of warbirds sold to a dealer in August will be restored and sold by Boschung Global Ltd. of Switzerland, the company said Thursday. The fighters, a version of German Messerschmitts, operated in World War II and were last flown for the making of the 1969 film “Battle of Britain.” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 12, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Giulio Lega, Italian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss SOC Seagull, an American single-engined observation biplane; it is configurable as a seaplane (shown) or with landing gear. 1941 – Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, makes her first test [...]

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U.S. Stealth Drone Helped Test Huge Bomb

Nov 12, 2014 No Comments

Two years ago, the U.S. Air Force brought the stealthy Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel drone and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator — two of America’s most secretive weapons — together for a single test. The Pentagon denies that it intends the huge MOP munition — which only the B-2 stealth bomber carries and which can punch [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 11, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Alfred “Bubi” Schreiber, German World War II flying ace; he later claims the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history. 1924 – Death of Georges Felix Madon, French World War I fighter ace, air racer and raid pilot. 1929 – Inter-Island Airways – the future Hawaiian Airlines – commences [...]

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Iraqi Pilots, F-16s to Train Stateside

Nov 10, 2014 No Comments

Iraqi fighter pilots unable to train in their own country because of the Islamic State insurgency will soon be flying brand new Iraqi jets over the American Southwest, the Pentagon announced Monday. Starting next month, the United States will begin delivering eight of 36 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that Iraq has on order to [...]

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