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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1937 – First flight of the Dornier Do 24 (K variant shown), a  German three-engine flying boat. 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean on a flight from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, and are never seen again. 1941 – Death of Wilhelm Balthasar, German World War II ace; he is killed in action when his Messerschmitt […]
‘Heavy Bombers’ Return to Wisconsin

‘Heavy Bombers’ Return to Wisconsin

In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison, Wis., the weekend before EAA AirVenture. The 3-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature an airworthy North American B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell;” the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1938 – A Heinkel He-116R, a German four-engined, long-range mail plane, sets a endurance record by covering 6,178 miles unrefueled; the flight took just over 48 hours to complete. 1943 – “Tuskegee Airman” Charles “Buster” Hall downs a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, becoming the first black American to score a victory […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of René Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1918 – John Ingles Gilmour, Scottish World War I fighter ace, scores five kills with his Sopwith Camel. 1931 – Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty land at Long Island, N.Y., in the Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing a flight around the world […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1862 – Edward Porter Alexander, first Confederate balloonist, goes aloft in the “Silk Dress” balloon to view the Battle of Gaines Mill, ascending several times and returning with valuable intelligence regarding the position of the Union Army; it is the only successful Confederate observation of the Civil War. 1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1909 – The first commercial sale of an airplane in the U.S. is made as Glenn H. Curtiss sells one of his planes to the Aeronautic Society of New York for $7,500. This action spurs the Wright brothers to begin a patent suit to […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – First glider flight in the Soviet Union is made by Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov. 1942 – The third of the “Thousand Bomber Raids” of the Royal Air Force is mounted against Bremen; the raid, boasting more than 950 aircraft, marks the last operational sortie of the Avro Manchester, the unsuccessful forerunner of the widely […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Roberto Adolfo Chodasiewicz, a Polish-born Argentinian military engineer, demonstrate the operation of balloons with James Allen on the first aerostatic flight in South America. 1916 – Death of Victor S. Chapman, a French-American World War I pilot, dies in his Nieuport 16; he is the first U.S. airman to be killed in action. […]

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91-Year-Old Fighter Vet Flies Spitfire

91-Year-Old Fighter Vet Flies Spitfire

A 91-year-old former fighter pilot took the controls and looped the loop when he was given the chance to fly his first Spitfire. Neville Croucher, from Chartham near Canterbury, England, survived 800 combat hours in the cockpit of Hawker Hurricane fighters during World War Two. He was given the chance to fly a Supermarine Spitfire at […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Six Zeppelins (LZ 46, LZ 79, LZ 91, LZ103, LZ 110 and LZ 111) are destroyed at Nordholz, Germany, by their own crews to prevent them from falling into Allied hands. 1931 – Wiley Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty, leave Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., in the Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae” […]
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