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How a Wayward Part Doomed a Bomber

How a Wayward Part Doomed a Bomber

A sign in World War II’s Anglo-American Supply headquarters in London displayed the adage that begins with “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.” It quickly marches through several increasingly larger military problems, each triggered by the one that came before. It ends with “For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.” While the […]
USAF Pave Hawk Crew Killed in Crash

USAF Pave Hawk Crew Killed in Crash

Investigations have been launched to determine what caused a U.S. Air Force Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter to crash during a training sortie being flown from RAF Lakenheath in the UK on Tuesday. All four crew members died when the aircraft came down at Cley next the sea on the north Norfolk coast […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot. 1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, […]
RCAF Scrounging for Buffalo Parts

RCAF Scrounging for Buffalo Parts

The Canadian military has been going to the literal ends of the earth to keep its aging search-and-rescue airplanes flying, underlining the desperate need for replacement aircraft following decades of delays and political squabbling. Top Defence Department officials were told in a secret briefing last year that the military had been forced to “purchase spare […]

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Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

The world-class air museum developed by Evergreen International Aviation founder Del Smith may be in for some painful losses in the wake of the apparent collapse of Smith’s network of for-profit operation. The McMinnville, Oregon, museum housing Howard Hughes’ mammoth H-4 Hercules (better known as the “Spruce Goose”) is facing financial scrutiny, and the ownership […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – A quarter-million Indians watch a flying display in Calcutta by French pilot Henri Jullerot in his military biplane. 1913 – Birth of Pierre Le Gloan, French World War II flying ace. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 “Bat” or “Moonbat” (shown), an American twin-engine, single-seat interceptor prototype. 1960 – National Airlines […]

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Canada Inducts Four to Aviation HOF

Canada Inducts Four to Aviation HOF

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 41st annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held in Calgary, Alberta, in May. The new members are: Clive J. Beddoe, founder of Westjet Airlines; Lorna De Blicquy, flight instructor and trailblazing advocate for the role of women in aviation; Robert P. […]
Valiant Air Command to Get F-16

Valiant Air Command to Get F-16

Valiant Air Command in Titusville, Fla., has added another military aircraft to its displays. And this one is a lot newer than the vintage aircraft it joins. A General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon has arrived and is being reassembled at the Warbird Museum. “It will be a great attraction for our customers because the only times we’ve […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Stephen Potter, U.S. Navy officer and early naval aviator; he would become the first American naval aviator to shoot down a German plane. 1937 – Pan American World Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boat “Samoan Clipper” inaugurates the first air mail and freight service between the U.S. and New Zealand. 1948 – […]
Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Wichita workers on Textron AirLand’s secret multi-mission tactical military jet, the Scorpion, never called the project by its real name until it became public in September. And they rarely used its code name – SCV12-1. “It was too much of a tongue twister,” said Dale Tutt, the Scorpion’s chief engineer. “Most of the time we just […]
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