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January 9. On this Day in Aviation History

January 9. On this Day in Aviation History

Today in 1969: NASA announced the astronauts selected for the first lunar landing: (left to right below) Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., Neil A. Armstrong, and Michael Collins. This photo of the crew was taken the following day. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon’s […]
New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

Heroes on Deck, a one-hour documentary featuring secret World War II pilot training missions on Lake Michigan, will have its world premiere today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The film, written, executive produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Kalamazoo College alumnus John Davies, “Heroes on Deck” tells the story of a little known chapter of United States […]

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January 5 – On this Day in Aviation history.

January 5 – On this Day in Aviation history.

Flipping through the Flight Journal archives, here are some interesting entries from the historical calendar. 2009: A Basler BT-67 crashes while attempting to land in Antarctica. All four passengers survive, but the plane is destroyed. 2002: Charles J. Bishop, a Florida teenager inspired by the September 11th hijackers, flies a Cessna 172 into the side […]
1001 Aviation Facts — Become an Aviation Trivia King!

1001 Aviation Facts — Become an Aviation Trivia King!

If you are looking for the ultimate source for Aviation trivia, look no further, this book from Specialty Press and edited by Mike Maehart is filled with little-known yet very important aircraft facts from the works of many talented experts in their fields including, John K. Lewis, Craig Kodera, Nick Veronico, Jim Keeshen, Hank Caruso, […]

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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Flying The Red Baron’s Beast

When you’re strapping into a Fokker Triplane the difference between it and most other airplanes is palpable. The instrument panel doesn’t exist and the few rudimentary gauges are snuggled between the butts of two dummy Spandaus that seem to be almost in your face. When you look outside, that middle wing sits exactly where youíd […]
Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

All of us at Flight Journal wish you and yours a very merry Christmas that’s filled with family, fun, and aviation.

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The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere – Aerial assault on the first bridge

The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere – Aerial assault on the first bridge

General Curtis E. LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff, was not happy. First line U.S. fighters had been in South East Asia in small numbers since 1960. By mid-1964, more fighters began rotating through bases in South Vietnam and Thailand, as a show of force. Reconnaissance missions, with a pair of fighters as escorts, known […]
Wankel engine Making a comeback in the UAS Industry and More

Wankel engine Making a comeback in the UAS Industry and More

  With more than 35 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and testing 2-stroke engines, 3W-International GmbH has developed and patented the newest generation of Heavy Fuel (HF) engines for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry. The 3W-180 SRE hybrid is unique in the drive technology for UASs. The engine features 180cc displacement and a […]

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Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Known as Little Boy and Fat Man, the atomic bombs that the Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were game changers Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods of firing a nuclear weapon, and given the prospects for ending the […]
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