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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 […]
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 […]

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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. […]
Rare Flight for Biggest Plane

Rare Flight for Biggest Plane

The undisputed superstar of the skies — the biggest airplane in the world — is taking flight on a rare delivery mission across three continents. The Ukrainian cargo jet named “Mriya” is one of a kind. There is no other. That’s why the gawkers showed up Tuesday in Prague. They watched in awe as this big […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter. She is the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. 1936 – First flight of the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane, a British research aircraft. 1996 – ValuJet Flight 592, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes […]
F-35 Assembly Lines Ramp Up

F-35 Assembly Lines Ramp Up

As green-skinned, half-assembled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters take shape, this massive factory that once cranked out thousands of World War II bombers is preparing to get real busy again. F-35 production is slated to hit full steam in 2019, and Lockheed Martin is reshaping its final assembly line to get ready. Not far from the nine assembly stations […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Zeus Soucek, U.S. Navy aviator and record setter. 1915 – Curtiss Aviation School commences operation from Toronto Island using Curtiss Model F flying boats. 1933 – Death of Robert Heibert, German World War I flying ace. 1945 – The sixth Japanese kamikaze attack off Okinawa, which includes 150 aircraft, begins. They damage two destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which suffers 353 killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. […]
Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders took the controls of the two-seat Perlan II glider during a 10-minute test flight Friday rom the windswept, high-desert airport in Minden, Nev., raising the public profile of a volunteer team of aviation adventurers hoping to make history in about four months. Afterwards, Enders – a licensed helicopter pilot and […]

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“Doc” Making Progress Toward First Flight

“Doc” Making Progress Toward First Flight

Doc’s Friends reported on Friday that their restoration team working to return the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” to flying condition is making the final push to get the aircraft ready for the FAA inspection. They recently collaborated with Pedron Aircraft Works of Denton, Texas, to run the dynamic propeller balance on each of the World War […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Jean Chaput, French World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his SPAD S.XIII. 1926 – Flying a Blackburn Dart, Royal Navy Flight Lt. Gerald Boyce makes the first night deck landing in history, landing aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Furious off the south coast of England. 1944 – First flight of the Mitsubishi […]
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