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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1953 – First flight of the SNCASO Trident (shown), a French mixed power prototype interceptor. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduced the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine […]

The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. The Ottawa Citizen has learned that, in July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ Heads Back to the Beach

The plane has no fixed seats, no flight attendants, no in-flight movie and no bathroom. It is not heated, insulated or pressurized. And on its last tour over France, somebody tried to shoot it down. But on Thursday, a septuagenarian war horse known as “Whiskey 7” will take off from a grass airstrip in central […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

Here at the office, we love warbirds! One of our all-time favorites is the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Forever connected with the name “Flying Tigers,” it remains a famous icon for the years just before the U.S. entered World War II. When it comes to WWII aviation history, one of the most often asked questions we […]

They’ve Done It Again!

You may remember the Greatest Generation Aircraft folks here in Fort Worth, Texas, from a previous post here awhile back. The occasion that warranted such a mention was an auction the group organized as a fundraiser to continue their warbird preservation efforts. Well, GGA did another on Friday night and yours truly was able to […]

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Hallelujah for Hawaii

I’m not a jealous person by nature, but how could any self-respecting airplane buff not envy Anne Murata? Don’t know her? Well, you may have heard of her employer, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Anne’s the director of marketing and business development, but judging by the latest arrivals on Hawaiian shores, her job should […]

Time Running Out for Tokyo Raiders Medals

Here is an Generic Petition for the CGM. You all know that we are trying to get the Congressional Gold Medal for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before we lose any more of them as we are down to the last 4 out of the 80 brave airmen who took off so long ago from the […]

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Email to Brady Kress, CEO, Dayton History

Dear Mr. Kress, I saw you on WDTN “2 News” just now http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/dayton/first-in-flight-title-up-in-the-air#.Uc0bzE3wC70and heard you say, Gustave Whitehead’s claim to having made the first powered airplane flight in 1901 is “bogus” and “there’s no evidence that proves it”. I invite you to examine the evidence I gathered on my Website, www.gustave-whitehead.com. It was peer-reviewed and […]
The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

To most, the Fourth of July is a montage of red-white-and-blue images: warm days, fireworks, patriotic words, barbeques and bright and hopeful celebrations. Only a few remember the men behind the day. Only a few celebrate the real “Greatest Generation.” I’m not the first to recognize that the much-heralded WW II vets are definitely not […]
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