The Pacific Northwest flying season rumbles underway when the World War II-era B-17 bomber, “Aluminum Overcast”, is based at the Museum of Flight for rides and ground tours June 10-12. The restored Flying Fortress operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association is on a tour of the country to share the sights, sounds and experience of […]
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1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1936 – First flight of the Fairey Seafox, a British single-engine reconnaissance floatplane. 1961 – The first crossing of the English Channel by a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft is made by the Short SC.1 (shown), flown by A. Roberts, […]
Navy officials say they are not sure if two fighter jets collided before they crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast. Naval Air Force Atlantic spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker said the two Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters were involved in an “in-flight mishap” Thursday morning. She said she could not […]
With the U.S. Navy using its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets more rigorously than initially expected, Boeing has started preliminary assessments of what is needed to overhaul the aircraft, increase its combat life and keep it relevant much later into this century. That work—along with the accompanying need for more parts and future additional domestic as well as international F-18 […]
1897 – Birth of Cecil Guelph Brock, Canadian World War I flying ace who participated at the dogfight which conducted to Manfred Von Richtofen’s death. 1941 – Nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious score a torpedo hit on the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, aggravating damage she had sustained […]
As people across the Netherlands viewed in person and on TV, the nation’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs touch down for the first time at Leeuwarden Air Base May 23 – a date that will live forever in Netherlands military history. Pilots Col. Bert “Vidal” de Smit and Maj. Pascal “Smiley” Smaal conducted a […]
1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane. 1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter. 1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, […]
The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday deemed the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate. The airworthiness certificate is the most notable milestone yet for the team working to restore the historic B-29. It also comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving […]
1905 – Birth of Ruth Blaney Alexander, U.S. female pioneer aviator. 1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant (shown), British four-engined jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V bomber nuclear force; it is originally developed for high-level strategic missions. 1967 – A prototype Dassault Mirage F1, French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft, crashes due to […]