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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Edward “Eddie” Vernon Rickenbacker, American World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. 1908 – The first European flight of the Wright Brothers is made by Wilbur […]
Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Roof Collapse Damages Airship

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Hubert William Godfrey Jones (Penderel), a Welsh World War I flying ace, Royal Air Force display pilot, air racer and World War II officer; he later undertakes a number of expeditions to explore the Gilf Kebir plateau in Egypt and one of his expeditions with Count László Almásy loosely forms the […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

Nine vintage military aircraft took to the skies above Harlingen’s Rebel Field in 1963, marking the Commemorative Air Force’s first warbird show dedicated to air stunts and flight aerobics. The tradition continues five decades later in the Permian Basin’s backyard with the CAF’s 50th annual AirSho on Oct. 12-13 at Midland International Airport. This year’s milestone […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of François Victor Denhaut, early French aviator and aircraft designer; he also was known as the inventor of flying boats. 1909 – More than a million New Yorkers watch as Wilbur Wright makes a flight at New York City’s Hudson-Fulton celebrations, circling the Statue of Liberty and making a 33-minute flight up […]

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Canadian Museum Debuts Grumman TBM

Canadian Museum Debuts Grumman TBM

The Shearwater Aviation Museum in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, unveiled its latest exhibit Thursday in Canada. It’s a vintage torpedo bomber, one that used to bomb forests in New Brunswick with water. It’s the last of the Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft. They were originally built as torpedo bombers, but converted by the Royal Canadian Navy for […]
Miramar Air Show Canceled

Miramar Air Show Canceled

The air show planned for this weekend at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego has been canceled, U.S. Marine Corps officials announced Thursday. While it wasn’t immediately clear whether the move was tied to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday, Marine officials confirmed later Thursday the show was canceled as a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1803 – Frenchman André-Jaques Garnerin takes off from Paris to Clausen, Germany, with his Montgolfière balloon; he covers the distance of 245 miles by the next day. 1889 – Birth of Frank Widenham Goodden, chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory. 1935 – Italy invades Abyssinia, using aircraft during the invasion, beginning the Second Italo-Abyssinian […]
North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

More than 20 World War II bombers, fighters, trainers and other aircraft are visiting Collin County Regional Airport this week as the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour makes a stop in McKinney, Texas. Among the warbird stars attending the four-day event, which starts today, is “FIFI,” the world’s only Boeing B-29 Superfortress still in […]
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