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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian airplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a on that day, his last victories of the war. 1948 – Test pilot Edwin Schoch makes the first successful release and hook-up to a […]
Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

It’s been 44 years since Sonny Kifer has sat in the cockpit of an LTV A-7B Corsair II, but he can still recognize it at a quick glance. Kifer was a U.S. Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, serving on an aircraft carrier about 90 miles offshore. Most of his missions involved flights just south of the DMZ (demilitarized […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – The Michelin Cup is won by Samuel Cody after he completes a 186 mile course around Britain, flying a total of 220 miles. 1929 – First flight of the Curtiss Model 54 Tanager (shown), an American light biplane prototype. 1932 – Birth of Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn,  American politician and U.S. Navy pilot; […]
RAF Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

RAF Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

Five people, including two RAF personnel, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sunday. The Aérospatiale Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed as it was landing at NATO’s Resolute Support mission headquarters in Kabul. NATO has not released the nationalities of the other victims or the five left injured. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Herbert Joseph “Jimmy” Larkin, Australian World War I flying ace, pioneering aviator, airmail and raid pilot; he also founded the Larkin Aircraft Supply Co. and served also in World War II. 1932 – The Indian Air Force is formed as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force with the enactment of the Indian […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Josef František, Czech World War II fighter ace who flew for the air forces of Czechoslovakia, Poland and England. 1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded and remains the oldest airline still operating under its original name. 1940 – A Tupolev ANT-44, a Soviet four-engine flying boat, achieves […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet. 1918 – Death of Harold Goodman “Shoey” Shoemaker, American World War I flying ace, when he collides in mid-air with another Sopwith […]
Georgia Museum Adds P-51H to Collection

Georgia Museum Adds P-51H to Collection

After finally getting a B-17 bomber in its arsenal of attractions, the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga., now has the plane that protected it. The museum staff has reassembled a fully restored North American P-51 Mustang fighter and rolled it into the Century of Flight Hangar. It will remain there on display for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Albert Aubrey “Aub” Koch, pioneering Australian military and civil pilot; he was the captain of the only Qantas aircraft known to be shot down during World War II. 1917 – Death of Colin Geen Orr MacAndrew, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol Fighter. 1941 – Heini Dittmar sets an […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Roscoe Turner (shown), American aviator and 3-time winner of the Thompson Trophy, one of the National Air Races of the heyday of airplane racing in the 1930s. 1927 – Death of Georg Wulf, German aviation pioneer, test pilot and aircraft designer; also co-founder of Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG; Wulf is killed in the crash […]
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