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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 05, 2015 No Comments by

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 [...]

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In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments by

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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Flight Journal Triva Contest Rules

Jun 17, 2015 No Comments by

OFFICIAL RULES. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRANTS MUST BE 18 AND OLDER. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANTS AGREE TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY ALL TERMS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES (“OFFICIAL RULES”). WINNERS THAT HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED MUST RESPOND [...]

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Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon

May 08, 2015 No Comments by

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 17, 2015 No Comments by

1911 – The Curtiss D pusher-engined biplane, with a tricycle landing gear is demonstrated to the U.S. Army; it later becomes Army Aeroplane No.2. 1957 – A Douglas C-47A Skytrain  named “Mt. Pinatubo” crashes on the slopes of Mount Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines; killed are Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others. 1963 – Death [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments by

1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1953 – First flight of the SNCASO Trident (shown), a French mixed power prototype interceptor. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduced the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine [...]

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Nov 10, 2014 3 Comments

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed [...]

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Sep 15, 2014 No Comments

The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. The Ottawa Citizen has learned that, in July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of [...]

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