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1898 – Birth of Geoffrey William Hemming, British World War I flying ace. 1904 – Gabriel Voisin successfully flies a modified Archdeacon glider at Berck sur Mer, Picardie, in northern France; Voisin added a canard to the design and his longest flight on this day is 25 seconds. 1933 – Two British aircraft, a Westland PV-3 and a Westland […]
Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Some of the most iconic artifacts of aviation and space history are getting an updated display for the 21st century, with the Apollo moon landing as the centerpiece. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight. The […]

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‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

As the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion looms, an airplane that dropped paratroopers into that epic World War II battle will greet visitors at this week’s Riverside Air Show in California. “Being able to sit in the seat that an 18-year-old (paratrooper) sat in 70 years ago, ready to jump (into combat), is kind […]
Naval Aviation Museum Expecting Big Year

Naval Aviation Museum Expecting Big Year

With the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flying again, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida is expecting attendance in 2014 to top 800,000, and to regain momentum lost during last year’s federal budget cutbacks. Encouraged by the roaring start to the Blues season and early-morning crowds that accompanied the flight demonstration team’s first Pensacola public […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Thomas Vicars “Sticky” Hunter, British World War I flying ace. 1937 – Swedish airplane manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) is established in Trollhättan, Sweden. 1947 – First flight of the Convair XB-46 (shown), an American experimental medium jet bomber; only one was built before the program was cancelled. 1954 – Death […]
Aussie Wedgetail Part of Flight 370 Search

Aussie Wedgetail Part of Flight 370 Search

By The Associated Press Australia is deploying a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the large number of aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing more than three weeks ago. According to an Australian government briefing note read out to The Associated Press by […]

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Blue Angels to Return to Indiana Air Show

Blue Angels to Return to Indiana Air Show

The U.S. Navy’s flagship aerobatic squadron, the Blue Angels, is set to return to Evansville, Ind., in 2015 — a decade after last performing here during the 2005 Freedom Festival. Hadi Shriners spokesman Dale Thomas said the club set to have the Blue Angels at the 2015 Evansville ShrinersFest. According to the Blue Angels website, the […]
ANA Operates Last Passenger 747 in Japan

ANA Operates Last Passenger 747 in Japan

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) formally retired its Boeing 747 aircraft, marking a key milestone in the type’s gradual disappearance from the world’s airliner fleet. The widebody, which was a domestic variant of the 747-400, operated its last flight, Flight 126, on the Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa route, says an ANA spokesman. The particular aircraft bears the registration JA8961. The retirement […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1920 – Birth of Cesare Di Bert, Italian World War II fighter pilot. 1931 – Charles William Anderson Scott takes off in his DH.60 Moth from Lympne for an England–Australia solo flight record to Darwin. 1940 – First flight of the Grumman […]
Iconic Firepower: The 40mm Borfors

Iconic Firepower: The 40mm Borfors

By Barrett Tillman How often have we seen the film clips? A U.S. Navy task group steaming beneath the Pacific sun as Japanese aircraft race through a flak-speckled sky intent on immolating themselves against the gray steel vessels. All the while, twin and quad-mount cannon churn out a wall of 40mm shells to deflect or […]
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