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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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Flight Journal Triva Contest Rules

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 […]
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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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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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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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C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

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 […]
Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

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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