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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 30, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin, Soviet aircraft designer who later founds the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. 1936 – The first successful bail-out from a rotary-winged aircraft takes place when William H. “Bill” McAvoy and engineer John Wheatley abandon their Pitcairn YG-2 Autogiro when the rotor fails. 1941 – The first powered flight of [...]

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Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Mar 29, 2015 No Comments

Mechanics from Wichita Air Services at the Newton City/County airport put pieces of history back together, restoring a classic 1930s airplane. The plane “went through a lot of owners,” Don Stancer, lead mechanic at Wichita Air Services, said. ”It’s been around,” Leeb Vonfange, shop manager, said. Along with several other mechanics, they restored a 1937 Lockheed Electra [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 27, 2015 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes;” she becomes the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1936 – First flight of the Fokker D.XXI (shown), a Dutch low-wing monoplane fighter. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways, begins. The mining runs are [...]

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Germanwings Crash Deliberate

Mar 27, 2015 No Comments

Andreas Lubitz was breathing, steady and calm, in the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525. It was the only sound from within the cockpit that the voice recorder detected as Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot, sent the plane into its descent. The sounds coming from outside the cockpit door on Tuesday were something else altogether: knocking and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Hawker Fury (Mk.1 shown), a British biplane fighter. 1950 – A Mandated Air Lines Lockheed Hudson IVA crashes into a house while trying to make an emergency landing at Law-Nadzab Airport in Papua New Guinea. 1956 – [...]

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Mystery Surrounds Germanwings Crash

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments

Just over a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean without making a distress call, the aviation world faced a new mystery Tuesday: the crash of a Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps with 150 passengers and crew members aboard. But European investigators should have a far easier time unraveling the [...]

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Do It Now

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments

Living history has a shelf life, and the expiration date cannot be extended. I’ve been interviewing WW II veterans since the early 1970s when I got serious about writing history, and it’s been a bittersweet experience. Anyone who’s made a career documenting aviation (or anything else) will tell you the same thing: you make older [...]

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Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 – Free Screen Saver

Mar 23, 2015 No Comments

Our next issue will be a salute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which we think is not universally recognized as one of the more pivotal events in the 20th century. If England had fallen, the remaining Allies would have had no place to base all of the subsequent military actions. In [...]

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