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 by

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 by

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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Jul 14, 2014 No Comments by
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C-47 ‘Whiskey 7′ Heads Back to the Beach

May 16, 2014 No Comments by

The plane has no fixed seats, no flight attendants, no in-flight movie and no bathroom. It is not heated, insulated or pressurized. And on its last tour over France, somebody tried to shoot it down. But on Thursday, a septuagenarian war horse known as “Whiskey 7″ will take off from a grass airstrip in central [...]

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Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

Nov 15, 2013 2 Comments by

Here at the office, we love warbirds! One of our all-time favorites is the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Forever connected with the name “Flying Tigers,” it remains a famous icon for the years just before the U.S. entered World War II. When it comes to WWII aviation history, one of the most often asked questions we [...]

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They’ve Done It Again!

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

You may remember the Greatest Generation Aircraft folks here in Fort Worth, Texas, from a previous post here awhile back. The occasion that warranted such a mention was an auction the group organized as a fundraiser to continue their warbird preservation efforts. Well, GGA did another on Friday night and yours truly was able to [...]

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Hallelujah for Hawaii

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

I’m not a jealous person by nature, but how could any self-respecting airplane buff not envy Anne Murata? Don’t know her? Well, you may have heard of her employer, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Anne’s the director of marketing and business development, but judging by the latest arrivals on Hawaiian shores, her job should [...]

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