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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edgar James Kingston McCloughry, Australian World War I fighter ace and balloon buster; post-WWI, he became an engineer and later served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England; Italian Guido Janello, flying a Savoia S.13, is the only [...]

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Tributes Held for Pilot Lost at Air Races

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments

The Reno Air Races will hold a tribute later this week for Lee Behel, the veteran pilot killed in a Monday crash at Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada. Behel, a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard, died in a crash on Monday during a [...]

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Russian Bombers Practice Attacks on West

Sep 09, 2014 No Comments

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales. The Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada’s northeast. Analysis of the flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1914 – The first Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Wakamiya conducts the world’s first naval-launched air raids during the early months of World War I from Kiaochow Bay off Tsingtao, China. 1942 – Death of François de Labouchere (shown), French World [...]

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Restoring a PBY Catalina

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport (KSFM) is a municipally-owned airport located in Sanford, Maine. It is home to a fixed wing flight school, rotary wing flight school, a school specializing in ATP licenses, as well as a full host of FBO services. There is also an excellent diner to facilitate the infamous “$100 hamburger.” KSFM was [...]

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Marines Call Helicopter Escape ‘Miracle’

Sep 04, 2014 No Comments

Twenty-five U.S. Marines and sailors scrambled Monday morning to escape a USMC Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter as it sunk to the bottom of the Gulf of Aden after it crashed attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde. The 17 Marines and eight sailors on board the helicopter were able to board life rafts deployed from the aircraft itself before [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments

1879 – Birth of Eustace Broke Loraine, pioneer British aviator and first Royal Flying Corps officer to be killed in an aircraft crash. 1917 – England-based single-seat scout aircraft operate at night for the 1st time, when three Sopwith Camels of No.44 Squadron fly patrols against Gotha bombers attacking Chatham. Although no interceptions are made, [...]

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Fort Bragg Last Holdout for Kiowas

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments

Fort Bragg’s Kiowa helicopters will be the last in the U.S. Army. Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, said the Bell OH-58s assigned to the brigade’s 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, would remain in service for at least two more years. The squadron will be the last Kiowa unit to inactivate under [...]

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