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On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altiture record of 6,540 feet. 1914 – Birth of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of Spanish War and World War II. 1948 – First flight of the Cessna 170 (shown), an American light single-engine aircraft. 1960 – Trans-Canada Air Lines begins transatlantic service with flights between Montreal and London. 1989 – Death of […]
Final Tyndall QF-4s Take Off

Final Tyndall QF-4s Take Off

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, flew its final McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom mission May 27, marking the end of almost 20 years at Tyndall. Two QF-4 full-scale aerial targets took off around 10:15 a.m. and were successfully destroyed about […]

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Military Helicopters USA August 24-26

Military Helicopters USA August 24-26

The sunny city of Pensacola, Florida will host this year’s Military Helicopters USA event which will take place August 24-26. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the only event specifically tailored to support ALL BRANCHES, where industry leaders and military personnel will come together to discuss, share, learn and develop their knowledge of helicopters in an […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft […]

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10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational […]

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Sikorsky S-97 Makes First Flight

Sikorsky S-97 Makes First Flight

Sikorsky flew its S-97 Raider rigid coaxial-rotor, high-speed helicopter for the first time May 22, completing a hover and low-speed flight at the company’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The aircraft is the first of two prototypes of the Raider light tactical helicopter being built under a $200 million industry effort funded by […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North […]

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Kiwi Huey Fleet Conducting Farewell Tour

Kiwi Huey Fleet Conducting Farewell Tour

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey has conducted a final tour of the country ahead of its planned retirement in July after 49 years in service. Serving with No. 3 Squadron, the once 14-strong fleet of Hueys has been reduced to six as it nears retirement on July 1, and several […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Paul Strähle, German World War I fighter ace who ran Luftverkehr Strähle,a pioneering air mail service, and later served during World War II. 1917 – A Royal Naval Air Service Curtiss H-12 Large America flying boat bombs and sinks the German submarine U-36 in the North Sea; U-36 becomes the only German submarine sunk […]
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