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On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of James Joseph Wellwood, Australian World War I flying ace. 1933 – First run of the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a British V-12 piston engine; initially known as the PV-12, the 1,650-cu. in. liquid-cooled powerplant became known as the Merlin when the company began naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 1946 – Death […]
Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Attack helicopter flights? Balloon rides? General admission to the formerly “invite only” Friday night air show? A 5K run? The 24th Annual Stuart Air Show, set for Nov. 1-2 at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., promises several new and exciting attractions. Fly a warbird, balloon or chopper. See a balloon glow. See aerial stunts from […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

The 21st Annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., has been postponed to next April due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday. In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

When our country needed him, he answered the call. On April 8, 2003, U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Wilson and his wingman climbed into Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, flew into southeast Baghdad and changed not only his life, but the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well. His mission that morning was to save 75 […]
Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

The Indian Navy and Russian Navy have been testing Russian Aircraft Corp. MiG MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB multirole fighters aboard the carriers Vikramaditya, which is set for commissioning on Nov. 15, and Admiral Kuznetsov. The MiG-29K is an advanced carrier variant of the MiG-29M, while the MiG-29KUB is a two-seat combat-capable trainer variant of the MiG-29K. For a slideshow featuring […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Agustin Paral, Cuban aviation pioneer and the first Cuban pilot. 1933 – A Boeing 247 belonging to United Airlines is destroyed by a bomb over Chesterton, Ind., in the first proven case of air sabotage on a commercial aircraft; all seven on board are killed. 1949 – Death of Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese naval […]
Aussie Spitfire Group Ups Funding Effort

Aussie Spitfire Group Ups Funding Effort

Broken Wings is a documentary film project currently in production in Melbourne, Australia. It explores the legend that as many as twelve brand new Spitfires still in their original packing crates, are buried somewhere in an around the township of Oakey in southern Queensland. James Carter and Karl von Moller, both warbird enthusiasts and film […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – First flight of the Ader Éole, a French steam-powered aircraft; it flies about 164 feet at the Chateau d’Armainvilliers in Brie, reaching an altitude of about 8 inches. It’s considered by some to be the first true aeroplane, given that it left the ground under its own power and carried a person through […]
WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is a Cyclone radial engine overhauled […]
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