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On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – On a trip in high winds from East St. Louis, Ill., over Lake Michigan, American balloonist John Wise disappears with his balloon “Pathfinder.” Both remain missing. 1894 – Birth of Antonio Amantea, Italian World War I flying ace. 1927 – The first solo flight from England to South Africa is completed when Lt. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Émile Dewoitine, French aviation industrialist. 1917 – Death of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace, from wounds received in action. 1965 – First flight of the Ling-Temco-Vought LTV A-7 Corsair II (E model shown), an American carrier-based light attack aircraft. 1973 – Texas International Airlines Flight 655, […]

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Gloster Meteor – Flying the UK’s first jet fighter

Gloster Meteor – Flying the UK’s first jet fighter

Meteor Show I began my combat flying in Spitfires for the RAF in early 1941, and did so through 1943. The Spitfires were a delight to fly and I loved to do aerobatics with them, which I enjoyed immensely. But it was during this time frame, in the early summer of 1942, that I had […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Thomas Proctor, Irish World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying a D.H.9, shoot down five Fokker D.VII on a single mission. 1943 – The Royal Air Force Bomber Command opens the preliminary phase of the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – An Avro 504 on patrol over Belgium is shot down by German rifle fire, becoming the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft destroyed in action. 1932 – Birth of Gerald Paul Carr, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – Death of Koji Motomura, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War fighter ace, killed […]
It’s National Aviation Day!

It’s National Aviation Day!

National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. What will you be doing to celebrate aviation today and this weekend? […]

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Bombay Office/Nov,1955,A32(t)
Shri J.R.D. Tata.

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (shown), pioneer French-born Indian aviator, founder of Air India International and businessman. He was India’s first licensed pilot, achieving the honor in 1929. 1936 – The German air force begins to carry the Nationalist Army from Spanish Morocco to Spain in the world’s first major military airlift […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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. […]
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