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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Charles Humphrey Kingsman, British naval aviator during World War I and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He later makes the first aerial torpedo attack on a ship. 1936 – Vladimir Konstantinovich Kokkinaki performs the Nesterov Loop for the first time with a twin-engine aircraft, […]
F-100, F-35 to Star at Oshkosh

F-100, F-35 to Star at Oshkosh

By Elaine Kauh, AVweb.com A supersonic warbird and a new fighter jet will make their debuts in the military lineup at EAA’s AirVenture in July. Dean “Cutter” Cutshall of Indiana will show his North American F-100F Super Sabre, the first U.S. Air Force fighter plane capable of supersonic level flight, EAA said. It was the first […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Johannes Jensen, German World War I flying ace. 1934 – First flight of the de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide (shown), a British short-haul biplane airliner. 1944 – Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Officer T.C. Cooke and his crew, in a Consolidated Canso A of No. 162 RCAF Squadron, sink German submarine U-342 southwest of […]
Mystery Shrouds New Stealth Bomber Plans

Mystery Shrouds New Stealth Bomber Plans

The bombardment began early this year on the airwaves and online. “What will the next revolution in advanced aircraft be?” asks one of the slick advertisements, showcasing a mysterious, tailless aircraft parked in a darkened hangar and draped with a tarp. The campaign by defense giant Northrop Grumman, specifically targeted at the Washington market, is […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Geoffrey Herbert Hooper, Australian World War I flying ace who served in the Royal Air Force until halfway through World War II. 1936 – Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, is founded. 1945 – An Avro Lancaster on a night mission against Potsdam becomes the last British bomber shot down […]
U.K. Scrambles Fighters, Again

U.K. Scrambles Fighters, Again

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Typhoon fighter jets were launched Tuesday after two Russian military planes were spotted flying close to British airspace. “Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today, from RAF Lossiemouth after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace,” the ministry said in a statement given […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1901 – Birth of Antonie Strassmann, German aviatrix and actress. 1941 – The 402 “City of Winnipeg” Squadron carried out the Royal Canadian Air Force’s first offensive patrol over enemy territory in World War II. 1951 – First flight of the Fletcher FD-25 Defender (shown), an American light ground-attack aircraft. 1966 – Pan Am places the first order […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Clive Beverley Glynn, British World War I flying ace. 1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea water. 1942 – The Japanese Imperial Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes […]

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Canadians Hit ISIS Targets for First Time

Canadians Hit ISIS Targets for First Time

The Canadian military conducted its first airstrike on an ISIS target in Syria Wednesday, according to the Department of National Defense. Two Canadian McDonnell Douglas CF-18s were involved in the airstrike against an ISIS garrison near Raqqa, Syria, the department said in a release. Raqqa is about 100 miles east of the embattled city of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Arthur William Wood, British World War I flying ace. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, near Philadelphia, Pa. 1943 – First flight of the Douglas BTD Destroyer (XSB2D-1 shown), an American dive bomber developed for the U.S. Navy during World War II. 1950 – Soviet Lavochkin […]
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