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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]
Escape From Agana Harbor

Escape From Agana Harbor

On June 6, 1944, while the Allies landed at Normandy, the greatest American combat fleet yet seen in the Pacific sailed from Majuro anchorage. Its goal was the Mariana Islands, 1,800 miles to the north-northwest. Seven heavy fleet carriers and eight light carriers of Task Force 58 under Admiral Marc Mitscher would support 535 ships […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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On Replacing the T-38

On Replacing the T-38

The U.S. Air Force has been flying fifth-generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it’s still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago. Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this […]
Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2:  The Aviator’s  Real Enemy

Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was destroyed in flight over central Russia. From more than 60,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers parachuted into captivity for two years, giving Moscow a huge propaganda victory over President Dwight Eisenhower, who pledged to stop all overflights. The surface to air missile had arrived: the NATO alliance called it the SA-2 Guideline. […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design. 1953 – The U.S. Air Force […]
U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. military aircraft from Europe and the U.S. were on display during this year’s Berlin Air and Trade Show, June 1-4. The International Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the “Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung” in German, or ILA for short, is one of the oldest airshows around dating back more than 100 years. ILA hosts a trade […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Andre Jean Delorme, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also known as “The Tin Goose”), an American three-engined transport plane, is produced. 1938 – First flight of the Douglas DC-4E (shown), an American experimental airliner that resulted in an entirely new design, the successful DC-4/C-54. 1985 – Death of Frank Harold Taylor, […]
Qatari VVIP 747 Put Up for Sale

Qatari VVIP 747 Put Up for Sale

In the market for a private jet? After being used by the Qatari royal family for over 20 years, a Boing 747 private jumbo jet has been put up for sale. The jet is being sold by private jet charter and management company Book A Jet for an undisclosed sum. However, according to The Daily Mail, experts […]

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Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

The pilot of a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet was killed Thursday during practice for a weekend air show, hours after an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by the President, officials said. The Navy said the Blue Angels pilot died from injuries suffered […]
‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

The Pacific Northwest flying season rumbles underway when the World War II-era B-17 bomber, “Aluminum Overcast”, is based at the Museum of Flight for rides and ground tours June 10-12. The restored Flying Fortress operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association is on a tour of the country to share the sights, sounds and experience of […]
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