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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Llewelyn Crichton Davies, Welsh World War I flying ace, from injuries sustained after the crash of his Airco DH.4 three days earlier. 1937 – First flight of the Fokker G.I (replica shown), a Dutch twin-engined fighter comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the de Havilland […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1922 – Portuguese pilots Capt. Gago Coutinho and Capt. Sacadura Cabral leave Lisbon to attempt the first crossing of the South Atlantic by air. 1977 – Death of Gerhard Bassenge, German World War I flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer. 1992 – Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the […]

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Italy Completes First Foreign-Built F-35

Italy Completes First Foreign-Built F-35

The first joint strike fighter assembled outside the U.S. rolled off an assembly line in Italy on Thursday, Lockheed Martin said in a statement. The aircraft, designated AL-1, was the first of eight aircraft being assembled at the final assembly and check out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. AL-1 is due […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – First flight of the Curtiss Model J (shown), an American biplane prototype that became the basis for the Curtiss Jenny series. 1918 – John Stanley Chick, Welsh World War I fighter ace, and his observer, Percy Douglas, drive down out of control a German observation plane and a quartet of Fokker Dr.I fighters on a single […]

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‘Race 25’ Mustang Back in the Air

‘Race 25’ Mustang Back in the Air

Coming out of a four-year restoration at Airmotive Specialties, North American P-51D Mustang S/N 44-73704 took to the skies on Tuesday in Salinas, Calif. Under the controls of Elliott Cross, the P-51 darted skyward at about 11:45 for a 15-min. flight. The Mustang has quite the storied past. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces shortly […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Earl McNabb “Handie” Hand, Canadian World War I flying ace and first president of the Toronto Flying Club. 1919 – The first flight from a U.S. Navy battleship takes place when Commander Edward Orrick McDonnell flies a Sopwith Camel off an overhauled gun turret on the USS Texas. 1946 – An […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The Finnish Air Force is founded. 1944 – Avro Lancasters and Handley Page Halifaxes of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command begin an offensive against the German transport network in occupied Europe, attacking railway yards in France. 1946 – Birth of Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, French Air Force pilot and CNES astronaut. 1994 – Death […]
Pacific Fighters Making Progress on ‘BF 109’

Pacific Fighters Making Progress on ‘BF 109’

Not content to sit on their laurels following the marvelous restoration of the North American P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express,” Pacific Fighters is now hard at work on the restoration of Hispano Buchon C.4K-130 for Jack Erickson’s collection in Madras, Ore. The aircraft is one of a couple of dozen examples which Group Capt. Hamish Mahaddie acquired from the Spanish […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines. 1936 – First flight of the Breguet 470 “Fulgur,” a French twin-engined monoplane airliner. 1943 – Death of Mitsugu Sawada, Japanese Sino-Japanese War and World War II flying ace; he is killed […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Zeppelin LZ33 (L8) crashes near Ostend, Belgium, after being hit by gunfire during a mission to strike Britain. 1944 – After the success of Big Week missions against the Luftwaffe over Germany, the U.S. Army Air Forces begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin. 1965 – Birth of Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov, former Russian […]
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