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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Adolphe Célestin Pégoud, a French aviator who became the first fighter ace, the first pilot to make a parachute jump from an airplane and one of the first to fly a loop in a Blériot model XI. 1921 – The U.S. Army and Navy begin trials in Chesapeake Bay to test the effectiveness of aircraft in attacking ships. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Death of Friedrich Hermann Wölfert, German publisher and aviation pioneer, and his mechanic. They are killed in an accident when their airship “Deutschland,” powered by petrol, caught fire at a demonstration at a Tempelhof field. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, American politician who served as naval aviator during World War II and the 41st […]

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Paris Air Show Turns 50

Paris Air Show Turns 50

Hollywood’s stars may have moved on from the red carpets of Cannes, but the real “jet set” — the CEOs and executives who decide how, when and what we fly — are heading back to France. The A-listers of global aviation will be at Le Bourget from June 17 to 23 for the 50th Paris Airshow — […]
‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

The “Aluminum Overcast,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be at Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Municipal Airport this weekend for tours and flights. The plane was to visit last year, but it was damaged in a hailstorm and had to be repaired. Boeing built the Aluminum Overcast in 1945 but […]

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T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

Pilot Peter O’Hare summed up the Hixson Flight Museum’s presence at this year’s Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn. He said, “It’s a great opportunity to actually put your hands on history.” The Hixson Flight Museum aims to do just that. Festivalgoers can actually climb into the cockpit of a North American T28 Trojan warbird. It’s […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. […]

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‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

Dan Mullin had a curt answer when somebody at New Jersey’s Naval Air Station Wildwood questioned the effectiveness of the tail guns on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “We won the war,” said Mullin, 94, of Ocean City. That was the short answer Monday as the World War II veteran, who flew bombers during missions […]
British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

A British Army aviation squadron now based in Suffolk, England, has celebrated 70 years of flying, half of which has been spent on operations. The 656 Squadron, part of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was formed during the Second World War to fly artillery observation missions in Auster AOP observation aircraft and is now at the […]

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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a […]
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