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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 14, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Death of David Esplin Smith, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol F.2b. 1952 – Birth of Mark Charles Lee,  U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1953 – The sound barrier is broken over Australia for the first time by the Royal Australian Air Force in the [...]

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Georgia Museum to Receive B-17

Aug 14, 2015 No Comments

Next week residents here in Warner Robins, Ga., will have a chance to witness something they probably have never seen before and will never see again. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the most revered planes in military history, will be rolling down the streets. The Museum of Aviation’s long-awaited B-17 bomber is arriving on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 12, 2015 No Comments

1916 – Birth of Patrick Palles Lorne Elphinstone “Lorne” Welch, British engineer, pilot and prisoner of war during World War II. 1955 – First flight of the Hispano HA-200 Saeta (shown), a Spanish two-seat advanced jet trainer. 1959 – Fred Drinkwater becomes the first NASA test pilot to complete the full conversion of a tiltrotor [...]

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Cayuse Warrior Enters Afghan Combat

Aug 11, 2015 No Comments

The Afghan Air Force’s MD-530F Cayuse Warrior scout-attack helicopter has been used in combat for the first time, helping security forces clear insurgents from three rural districts south of Jalalabad. Armed with .50-caliber machine guns and ballistic armor protection, the helicopters operated alongside the Afghan Air Force’s Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters based at Kabul as part of Operation Iron [...]

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Colorado Museum Receives Pair of MiGs

Aug 09, 2015 No Comments

Warplanes that once targeted U.S. soldiers are now part of a collection at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 and MiG-17 are the first enemy aircraft at the museum. The Russian planes were used during the Vietnam and Korean wars. Volunteers at the museum said it took three years to bring in the planes and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 07, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Joseph Frantz, French World War I pilot and the first pilot to shoot down an airplane in a dogfight. 1951 – William “Bill” Bridgeman sets a new airspeed record in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (shown) of Mach 1.88 (1,245 mph). 1963 – First flight of the Lockheed YF-12, American prototype interceptor; [...]

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More Chinooks Headed to Spec Ops

Aug 07, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Army is looking to renew production of the Boeing MH-47G Chinook special mission helicopter in an upgraded Block 2 configuration, it disclosed on 3 August. With production of the final eight Block 1 MH-47Gs set to be complete by the end of the year, the US Army Aviation Integration Directorate is proposing the [...]

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Illinois Aviation Museum Closing

Aug 06, 2015 No Comments

After a long struggle and many years of valiant effort in preserving American aviation history, the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum in Rantoul, Ill., is sadly set to close at the end of this year due to lack of funds. Now comes the hardest part; deciding what to do with the fleet of thirty or so aircraft currently under their [...]

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