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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Sidney Joseph “Jack” Cottle, British World War I fighter ace who served with the Royal Air Force through 1944. 1912 – The RFC’s Central Flying School opens at Upavon, Wiltshire, in South West England. 1942 – First flight of the SAAB 18 (shown), Swedish twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 1945 – More than 480 Boeing […]
An-178 Debuts at Paris Air Show

An-178 Debuts at Paris Air Show

Undaunted by the undeclared war with Russian-backed separatists for the east of the country, Ukrainian airlifter specialist Antonov arrived in Paris for this week’s air show with a new aircraft, plans for new developments and a restructured company to help restore its market position. Antonov’s AN-178 twin jet airlifter took to the air for the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432. 1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page […]
Plane Spotting at Paris Air Show

Plane Spotting at Paris Air Show

While much of the business of aviation being conducted at this week’s Paris (or Le Bourget, officially) Air Show may not appeal to many fans, the sights and sounds of all those aircraft undoubtedly does, so take a look at some fantastic images at this iconic event, courtesy of CNN, here. Photo by CNN

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance […]
Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of its H160 twin-engined medium helicopter. The company quietly passed the milestone on June 12, at its facility at Marseille’s Marignane Airport, and photos of the occasion appeared on social media websites on June 13. Airbus is yet to comment on details of the flight, which follows the beginning of ground […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Henry George “Hal” Crowe, Irish World War I flying ace, who served with the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1929 – First flight of the Vickers Type 143, or Bolivian Scout, a British single-seat biplane fighter designed for Bolivia. 1931 – The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42, a […]
Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

A Siberian aerospace research center has achieved first flight of a highly modified Antonov An-2 biplane with redesigned, winglet-like braces and carbonfibre wing structures, Sukhoi announced on Wednesday. The Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SIBNIA) produced the “light multipurpose aircraft” to demonstrate the aerodynamic and structural changes planned for an An-2 replacement, Sukhoi says. The aircraft involved in the flight […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (shown), Ukrainian World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1934 – First flight of the Ryan ST, an American two-seat, low-wing monoplane. 1944 – Off Normandy, a German Heinkel He 177 badly damages the USS Meredith, a U. S. Navy destroyer; it breaks in half and sinks the […]
France’s Top Ten Flyers

France’s Top Ten Flyers

To coincide with Dassault’s glitzy roll-out of the wide-body Falcon 5X business jet last week, and as the aerospace industry prepares to travel to Le Bourget for the Paris air show, Flightglobal’s Top 10 feature looks at some of the most significant and iconic French aircraft of the post-Second World War era. For photos and the complete story by […]
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