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1895 – Birth of Spencer Bertram Horn, British World War I flying ace. 1917 – William E. Boeing’s Pacific Aero Products Co. is renamed the Boeing Airplane Co. 1944 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-10 (shown), a Soviet single-engine ground attack aircraft. 1956 – Death of James Floyd Smith, early American aviator, aircraft designer […]
RAF Squadron Celebrates 100 Years

RAF Squadron Celebrates 100 Years

RAF Leuchars’ Number 6 Squadron has marked its 100th anniversary with a parade and a special flypast featuring Typhoon and Hurricane aircraft. Celebrating a century of noble history, the squadron, reviewed by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, paraded its Standard in front of serving and former squadron personnel. Formed as […]

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F-15s to Launch Small Satellites

F-15s to Launch Small Satellites

And you thought space launches couldn’t get any cooler: The next generation of small satellites may blast into orbit from the belly of a fighter jet. The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave Boeing a $30.6 million contract last month to develop a 24-foot launch vehicle that would attach to the bottom of the company’s F-15E Strike […]
WWI Albatros Replica to Fly Again

WWI Albatros Replica to Fly Again

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum in upstate New York is reintroducing a very special airplane — a replica of a 1917 Albatros D.Va., built in the 1970s by the Aerodrome’s founder, Cole Palen. Palen created the replica from measurements taken from an […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Victor S. Chapman, French-American World War I pilot and the first American pilot to die in that conflict. 1920 – Death of Walter Alfred Southey, British World War I fighter ace. 1942 – Twelve Avro Lancaster bombers – six each from No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron and No. 97 Squadron – carry […]
Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

The Caproni Ca.3R has flown! Although technically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon. As WarbirdsNews reported last year, Giancarlo Zanardo has been building the replica WWI-era, […]

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New Zealand’s Super Seasprite Takes Wing

New Zealand’s Super Seasprite Takes Wing

Kaman Aerospace has begun production flight-testing of the first of 10 refurbished SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites that were previously delivered to Australia, but have now been bought by the Royal New Zealand Navy. The milestone opens another chapter in the story of a design that made its first flight (as the HU2K-1) on July 2, 1959, and which […]
Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing delivered the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines, the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. For an idea of just how popular the 737 is […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Giles Noble Blennerhasset, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1922 – Taking advantage of the Treaty of Rapallo, a flying school for German pilots is set up at Lipetsk; by 1933, 450 German military pilots will have trained here. 1943 – Believing they had sunk a cruiser, two destroyers and 25 transports and shot down 175 Allied aircraft, […]
Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you’ve guessed it. And now, following 12 years of […]
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