Barrett Tillman, historian, author and Flight Journal regular is fond of saying, “God forgives man that time spent looking at airplane photos.” Outside of actually flying, nothing gives aviation types as much pleasure as looking at high-quality (or interesting) photos of flying machines. It almost makes no difference what kind of airplane. We’ll look at […]
Powered by three 3,5000-pound-thrust, non-afterburning GE eninges, this supersonic aircraft is a 1/3-scale prototype of a commercial vehicle Boom Technologies hopes to see in operation in 2023. The 17-foot-span XB-1 is designed to operate at Mach 2.2! Click here for the full story from Aviation Week.
1879 – On a trip in high winds from East St. Louis, Ill., over Lake Michigan, American balloonist John Wise disappears with his balloon “Pathfinder.” Both remain missing. 1894 – Birth of Antonio Amantea, Italian World War I flying ace. 1927 – The first solo flight from England to South Africa is completed when Lt. […]
1892 – Birth of Émile Dewoitine, French aviation industrialist. 1917 – Death of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace, from wounds received in action. 1965 – First flight of the Ling-Temco-Vought LTV A-7 Corsair II (E model shown), an American carrier-based light attack aircraft. 1973 – Texas International Airlines Flight 655, […]
1888 – Birth of Thomas Proctor, Irish World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying a D.H.9, shoot down five Fokker D.VII on a single mission. 1943 – The Royal Air Force Bomber Command opens the preliminary phase of the […]
1914 – An Avro 504 on patrol over Belgium is shot down by German rifle fire, becoming the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft destroyed in action. 1932 – Birth of Gerald Paul Carr, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – Death of Koji Motomura, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War fighter ace, killed […]
National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. What will you be doing to celebrate aviation today and this weekend? […]
1904 – Birth of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (shown), pioneer French-born Indian aviator, founder of Air India International and businessman. He was India’s first licensed pilot, achieving the honor in 1929. 1936 – The German air force begins to carry the Nationalist Army from Spanish Morocco to Spain in the world’s first major military airlift […]
1925 – First flight of the Kalinin K-1, a Soviet high-wing, 4-place aircraft. 1943 – Over 100 German aircraft attack an Allied convoy off Cape Bon, Tunisia, but defending British fighters prevent them from inflicting any serious damage. 1955 – Capital Airlines adopts the Vickers Viscount (shown), the first U.S. airline to select a British […]
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