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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of David Luther Burgess, Canadian World War I flying ace and politician. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (modern unrestored model shown), a German armored low-level ground attack and observation sesquiplane; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1942 – Piloting a Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson patrol bomber over the North Atlantic, U. […]
Ukraine Liquidates Builder Antonov

Ukraine Liquidates Builder Antonov

The world famous Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov, renowned for producing the world’s biggest airliners in the An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya, will cease to exist, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported on Wednesday. According to the Ukrainian government’s decision, Antonov will be liquidated while enterprises integrated into the aircraft manufacturer will be assigned […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – British Army Capt. B. F. S. Baden-Powell makes a kite ascent from Pirbright Army Camp, England, in what appears to be the first use of man-carrying kites, called Levitors, outside China. 1919 – A permanent flight of aircraft is stationed in San Diego, Calif., to serve as a forest fire patrol. The machines are war-surplus Curtiss JN-4s. […]
Udvar-Hazy Center Opens House Saturday

Udvar-Hazy Center Opens House Saturday

Visitors will have a chance to see what goes into restoring, preserving and displaying America’s aviation and space treasures at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House on Saturday in Chantilly, Va. For one day only, visitors can tour areas usually off-limits to the public, including the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and the Emil […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Cesare Magistrini, Italian World War I flying ace, commercial pilot and Italian SAS pilot during World War II. He also served as the pilot for the King of Yemen after WWII. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz takes off from Paris with a Breguet 27 S christened “Joe III” for a […]
New Boeing Tanker Makes First Transfer

New Boeing Tanker Makes First Transfer

The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker, derived from the 767-200 wide-body airliner, successfully completed its first refueling flight Sunday in the skies above Washington state. Following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points before smoothly offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to a Boeing F-16 Flying Falcon at […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altitude record of 4,764 feet. 1927 – First flight of the Morane-Saulnier MoS-121, a French single-seat monoplane fighter prototype. 1934 – The Wright Bellanca WB-2 “Maple Leaf,” formerly the record-setting “Columbia,” is destroyed in a hangar fire at the Bellanca factory in Newcastle, Del. 1951 – Death of Ambroise Goupy, French […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Bruno Loerzer, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel. 1919 – Death of Carrick Stewart Paul, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he drowns at sea while returning home. […]

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Doolittle Raider to be Honored

Doolittle Raider to be Honored

Missoula, Montana’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night. Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta. Thatcher, 94, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1938 – First flight of the Potez-CAMS 141 (shown), a French long range reconnaissance flying boat prototype. 1944 – German […]
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