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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Norman MacMillan, Scottish World War I flying ace, test pilot and author who also served in World War II. 1918 – World War I flying aces James Keating, an American, and observer-gunner Edward Simpson, a Brit, shoot down four Fokker D.VII fighters with their Airco D.H.9, a biplane bomber. 1945 – […]
Red Arrows Begin Busy Weekend

Red Arrows Begin Busy Weekend

Touching down at England’s Bristol Airport today are the Royal Air Force Red Arrows and Typhoon aerobatic display teams for the 35th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court, Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family that began Thursday and ends Sunday. Estimated time of […]

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Minnesota Fly-In Celebrates 45 Years

Minnesota Fly-In Celebrates 45 Years

Milaca Airport patrons and guests expect anywhere from 100 to 150 airplanes to land Saturday and Sunday during the annual Fly-In at Milaca, Minn. In its 45th year, the Fly-In attracts planes big and small, reconstructed or built by hand, old and new. The two-day event offers camping and a hearty breakfast served Sunday morning […]
‘Sentimental Journey’ to Visit Canada

‘Sentimental Journey’ to Visit Canada

A legendary Second World War aircraft will be doing what few of its kind are capable of doing when it flies to Winnipeg for a seven-day visit at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum. It arrives Monday. “Sentimental Journey,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that flew in the Pacific theatre during the war, is being […]

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WWII RAF Pilot Remembered

WWII RAF Pilot Remembered

Wreckage from a Battle of Britain pilot’s plane has gone on display in a Sussex, England, pub just yards from where it crashed, burying him for 56 years. Royal Air Force Sgt. Dennis Noble’s Hawker Hurricane was shot down over Hove in August 1940. His body remained buried with his plane under Woodhouse Road until 1996, when […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Jean Marie Dominique Navarre, French World War I flying ace and test pilot. 1901 – Wilbur Wright achieves a flight of 389 feet at Kitty Hawk, N.C., in the Wright 1901 glider. 1929 – The Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) begins its circumnavigation of the globe at Lakehurst, N.J. 1946 – First flight of the Convair […]

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C-5A Arrives at Dover Museum

C-5A Arrives at Dover Museum

The first factory delivered Lockheed C-5A Galaxy to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware made the Air Mobility Command Museum, located at the base, its new home today after a short flight from Tennessee. It marks the first time the U.S. Air Force has loaned a C-5, one of the largest military aircraft in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Joseph Frantz, French World War I pilot and the first pilot to shoot down an airplane in a dogfight. 1942 – Operation Watchtower, the U. S. invasion of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, begins. Aircraft carriers U.S.S. Enterprise and U.S.S. Saratoga cover the landings with airstrikes, while U. S. Army Air […]

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Historic Hurricane to Fly Special Mission

Historic Hurricane to Fly Special Mission

The rare sight and sound of a World War II Hawker Hurricane XIII will be seen and heard over the Angus County skies in Scotland today. In a poignant celebration of a romance of seven decades ago, the veteran aircraft G-HURI will undertake a special mission from Kent to pass over the grave of sweethearts […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – An international aviation meeting opens at Lanark, Scotland, drawing a wide range of flyers and airplanes. In all, 22 competitors participate. 1922 – Birth of Sir Frederick Alfred Laker, a British airline entrepreneur who’s best known for founding Laker Airways. 1944 – George Preddy, a U.S. fighter pilot, shoots down six Messerschmitt Bf […]
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