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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1925 – First flight of the Kalinin K-1, a Soviet high-wing, 4-place aircraft. 1943 – Over 100 German aircraft attack an Allied convoy off Cape Bon, Tunisia, but defending British fighters prevent them from inflicting any serious damage. 1955 – Capital Airlines adopts the Vickers Viscount (shown), the first U.S. airline to select a British […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Helmut Steinbrecher, German World War I flying ace and the first pilot in history to successfully parachute from a stricken airplane. 1934 – Due to bad weather and technical problems, brothers Benjamin and Joseph Adamowicz land their Bellanca J300 “City of Warsaw” in a small meadow near Caen, France. They are […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – In opening demonstration flights before the U.S. Army at Fort Myer, Va., Orville Wright makes the first flight with the new Wright A. 1939 – During another Khalkhin Gol dogfight between Soviet and Japanese aircraft, the Soviets claim to have shot down 25 Japanese planes in exchange for the loss of two Soviet aircraft. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Michele Allasia, Italian World War I flying ace. 1925 – The first capture of a rum runner with aviation support takes place when a U.S. Coast Guard Vought UO-1 assists with the Prohibition-era mission. 1955 – Death of William Earle “Moley” Molesworth, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1956 – First flight of the Sukhoi […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Hans Grade, German aviation pioneer. 1920 – KLM and Aircraft Transport & Travel begin joint air service between London and Amsterdam. 1923 – Death of Thomas Scott Baldwin, U. S. Army major and pioneer balloonist. He was the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute. 1928 – First flight of the Vickers Vellore, British large biplane prototype designed as a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace of World War I; he is credited with 34 aerial victories. 1926 – Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa/3m. 1937 – First flight of the Lockheed XC-35 (shown), an American twin-engine airplane;it is a pressurized development of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra. 1941 – Death of Sydney “Timbertoes” Carlin, British World War I flying ace and air gunner during World […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Helmut Paul Emil Wick, German World War II fighter ace. 1936 – Chicago and Southern Air Lines Flight 4, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, crashes after takeoff from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport due to pilot error, killing all eight aboard. 1936 – Five Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 bombers are among aircraft covering a convoy of merchant […]
In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]

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Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon

Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon

The Little Known Warrior The Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon was probably one of the least known bombers of the Second World War, but it is certainly not the least important. In fact, its work as a reconnaissance and patrol aircraft conducted principally in the Pacific Theatre and the difficult sector of the Aleutian Islands, was vital […]
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