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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Royal Navy aviator Wilfred Parke becomes the first pilot ever to recover from a spin when he regains control of his Avro Type G biplane 50 feet from the ground at Larkhill, England. 1916 – Birth of Saburo Sakai, Japanese naval aviator and World War II fighter ace. 1919 – The world’s first […]
World’s Largest Aircraft Crashes After Test Flight

World’s Largest Aircraft Crashes After Test Flight

The world’s largest aircraft crash-landed at the end of its second test flight on Wednesday. The 300-feet long Airlander 10 nosedived on its return to an airfield north of London after spending more than an hour and half in the air. “The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Edgar Taylor, American World War I flying ace, killed by ground fire in his Sopwith Dolphin. 1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off with her Lockheed Vega 5B from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., for a non-stop flight across the U.S. 1944 –  The third airstrike of Operation Goodwood and the most […]
Air Show Set to Recall Great War

Air Show Set to Recall Great War

The Military Aviation Museum’s Biplanes and Triplanes World War One Airshow will be held Oct. 1-2, in Pungo, Va., taking guests back to the days of The Great War for a weekend of flying, colorful World War I aircraft, live performances, elaborate reenactor encampments, and much more. “The Biplanes and Triplanes show is all about […]

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Convair Completes Epic Trip to Australia

Convair Completes Epic Trip to Australia

A historic aircraft touched down in Australia’s Illawarra at the weekend, following an epic two-week journey from South Africa. The restored Convair 440, painted in a 1950s colour scheme, is the newest addition to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) fleet. HARS vice president, and Convair project co-leader, Maureen Massey was on board the airliner when it hit the tarmac […]
Restored Tomcat to Debut During Air Show

Restored Tomcat to Debut During Air Show

As Warbirds News reported three weeks ago, the Commemorative Air Force’s High Sky Wing, based in Midland, Texas, was set to begin refurbishing a U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat on July 27. This airframe, if you recall, is of particular significance because it was the first Tomcat to shoot down another aircraft in combat. Cmdr. […]

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Tally-Ho!

Tally-Ho!

A young man, his Hurricane and the Battle of Britain
Runt of the Litter

Runt of the Litter

I was only 5 feet 4 inches tall when I graduated from flight training in 1943, but my instructors saw something gigantic inside of me. I was one of 60 Second Lieutenants selected out of 400 to go into fighters—P-47 Thunderbolts to be exact. When I first saw the airplane I would fly in combat, […]

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What if WW II had lasted two more years?

What if WW II had lasted two more years?

Gott mit uns. It was imprinted on the buckle of every German soldier: “God with us.” And so it seemed that day in 1946. From the abyss of disaster in late 1944, the Third Reich won a seemingly heaven-sent reprieve in the wake of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s assassination. With Russia descending into civil war, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The first American night patrol of the war takes place when a Felixstowe F.2A flying boat crewed by U.S. Navy Ensign Ashton W. Hawkins and Lt. George F. Lawrence take off on patrol from RNAS Killingholme, England. 1930 – Birth of Neil Alden Armstrong (shown), American aviator, NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, […]
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