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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Lionel Arthur Ashfield, British World War I flying ace. 1943 – The first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, the Avro 683 Lancaster X, is flown at Malton, Ontario. 1952 – Death of Robert Opie Lindsay, American World War I flying ace and U.S. Army Air Corps officer; he also was a founding member […]
USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

When asked on Friday if the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II could fly combat missions to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Marine Corps’ head of aviation said, “We’re ready to do that.” Noting that the decision to deploy the fifth-generation jet into combat would come from higher command, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant […]

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Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Truly one of the most iconic events in aviation, even though it’s organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is Airventure. Better known by the name of EAA’s hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., the week-long event always brings together an incredible variety of airplanes large and small from far and wide. Warbirds are a vital part […]
China Unveils Largest Amphibian

China Unveils Largest Amphibian

Beijing debuted its indigenously made AG600 amphibious aircraft in Zhuhai, the government announced Saturday. The massive aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform maritime rescue missions, the government said in a statement that called the aircraft “a milestone for the country.” It is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the government said, and […]

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Messerschmitt  at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

Messerschmitt at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

At the age of 15, “Willy” Messerschmitt, who would eventually become a near-legend during WW II, started his apprenticeship with a group of “free-flight” enthusiasts in his hometown of Bamberg, in Bavaria. It was 1913; some 10 years after the Wright Brothers had flown, when Messerschmitt joined with the 33-year-old architect Friedrich Harth in experiments […]
The Turncoat’s Raid

The Turncoat’s Raid

Our Bombers Were Led by a Japanese Officer He was called the Benedict Arnold of Mindanao, a turncoat to the Empire of Japan. Yet few turncoats were as honorably and honestly motivated as Minoru Wada, a WW II Japanese prisoner of war, who voluntarily led an American air strike against his own military because of […]

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F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s next-generation F-35 jet could be deployed on combat missions this year if requested by regional commanders, according to the U.S. general responsible for declaring the system war-ready. “The minute I declare initial operational capability, if the combatant commander calls me up and says they needed F-35s, I would send them,” U.S. Air […]
Mission into Darkness

Mission into Darkness

Flying the SB2C Helldiver into probable suicide On June 19, 1944, Task Force-58’s (TF-58) fighter and dive-bomber aircrews celebrated the combined destruction of 380 Japanese airplanes during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. But our exhilaration was almost dashed the very next day when we went hunting for the fleeing Japanese fleet. Those of us flying […]

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Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

Before Its Name Was Mitchell: Free Wallpaper

In response to a 1938 USAAC request for a twin-engine light attack bomber, North American Aviation submitted a prototype they designate NA-40. Powered by two P & W R-1830s eventually developing 1,600 hp each, the prototype crashed. But we would hear from it again. Visualize the NA-40 with a much wider fuselage and side-by-side cockpit […]
First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

Doc’s Friends, the group managing the restoration of the B-29 known as Doc, announced today the historic B-29 will make its return to flight Sunday, July 17. The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress will take off from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base, adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 […]
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