Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-389/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-389/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:09:51 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215073

1908 – Henri Farman makes the 1st cross-country flight in Europe with a power-driven aeroplane Voisin, flying from Châlons to Reims; the flight takes 20 minutes. 1919 – Death of Hans von Freden, German World War I fighter ace. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France and first German aircraft brought down [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

1908 – Henri Farman makes the 1st cross-country flight in Europe with a power-driven aeroplane Voisin, flying from Châlons to Reims; the flight takes 20 minutes.

1919 – Death of Hans von Freden, German World War I fighter ace.

1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France and first German aircraft brought down by a single-seat fighter in World War II is a Dornier DO-17; it is brought down by Pilot Officer Mould’s Hawker Hurricane of No. 1 Squadron RAF near  Vassincourt.

1944 – First flight of the Short S.45 Seaford, a British flying boat (shown); derived from the Short Sunderland, it is designed to be a long-ranged maritime patrol bomber for the Royal Air Force Coastal Command.

1946 – Birth of Robert Lee “Hoot” Gibson, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut.

2012 – The Syrian Air Force carries out scores of airstrikes around Syria, the most widespread bombing in a single day since that country’s civil war began 19 months earlier.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-389/feed/ 0
RCAF Nomad Recovered After 70 Years http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/rcaf-nomad-recovered-after-70-years/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/rcaf-nomad-recovered-after-70-years/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:34:35 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215068

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t the only fallen Canadian honoured Tuesday. Seven decades after their deaths, a solemn two minutes of silence was observed for two airmen at the place where their plane went down — in the middle of picturesque Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. Their Northrop A-17 Nomad aircraft collided in-flight with a similar plane [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t the only fallen Canadian honoured Tuesday. Seven decades after their deaths, a solemn two minutes of silence was observed for two airmen at the place where their plane went down — in the middle of picturesque Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada.

Their Northrop A-17 Nomad aircraft collided in-flight with a similar plane on Dec. 13, 1940 — about a year into the Second World War — while on a search mission for an airman who had gone missing. The other plane was located shortly after the crash; both men on board were killed. But the Nomad carrying 24-year-old pilot Peter Campbell and 27-year-old observer Theodore Bates would not be found for almost 70 years.

In November 2007, a campaign was launched by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project to comb Lake Muskoka for the plane. The Nomad was finally discovered in July 2010 by Ontario Provincial Police divers, who also identified personal effects belonging to Campbell and Bates. Their remains were recovered by a Royal Canadian Navy team in October 2012 and they were honoured in an interment ceremony.

On Tuesday, rusted wreckage from the downed warplane — a wheel and the tail section — was hoisted to the surface by a crane attached to a large truck on a barge.

For the complete story by Michael Oliveira of The Canadian Press via CTVNews.com, click here.

Photo by Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/30/rcaf-nomad-recovered-after-70-years/feed/ 0
On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-388/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-388/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:59:33 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215063

1908 – The De Pischoff et Koechlin monoplane, an early French tandem monoplane, is reported to have hopped once for 500 meters at Villacoublay. 1923 – Birth of Lev Kirilovich Shchukin, Soviet World War II instructor and Korean War fighter ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Newfoundland for England to set a [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

1908 – The De Pischoff et Koechlin monoplane, an early French tandem monoplane, is reported to have hopped once for 500 meters at Villacoublay.

1923 – Birth of Lev Kirilovich Shchukin, Soviet World War II instructor and Korean War fighter ace.

1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Newfoundland for England to set a west-to-east North Atlantic crossing record in a Bellanca 28-90 Flash.

1959 – First flight of the Antonov An-24, a Soviet 44-seat twin turboprop transport.

1991 – A Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 707 crashes into the Pacific Ocean 27 miles south of RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria, Australia, while conducting an asymmetric flight demonstration. All five aboard perish.

2003 – Death of Harold E. “Tommy” Thompson (shown), an American record-setting aviation pioneer and test pilot for Sikorsky; he was the first man to intentionally loop a helicopter and first man to land a helicopter in the courtyard of The Pentagon.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-388/feed/ 0
Army Kiowas Find New Lease on Life http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/215058/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/215058/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:53:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215058

Story and photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa One of the U.S. Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades, the Bell OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

Story and photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa

One of the U.S. Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard.

For more than four decades, the Bell OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31.

Thanks to the diligence of Florida Army National Guard aviators, the agile, single-engine helicopters will have new lives – however – as civilian law-enforcement aircraft. Three of the remaining Florida National Guard Kiowas based in Jacksonville are being transferred to different Florida sheriffs’ offices to augment their aviation programs.

Chief Warrant Officer Sean Hogan – an instructor pilot and maintenance test pilot with the Florida Army National Guard’s B Company, 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion – explained that the Kiowas were scheduled to be either destroyed or possibly sent to a gunnery range for target practice. He said his crews at the aviation battalion couldn’t stand to see their well-maintained helicopters destroyed, so they campaigned to have three of their Kiowas transferred to the law enforcement agencies in Alachua, Martin and St. Johns counties.

“Not only are all three aircraft going to stay here in the state and fly for local sheriff’s departments, but Florida Guard aviators are going to continue to fly them,” Hogan said, noting that each sheriff’s office has an aviator who also flies helicopters part-time for the Florida Army National Guard.

“They are 100 percent mission-capable and in fantastic shape,” Hogan explained, pointing out fresh paint jobs on the helicopters that he been flying for 20 years.

On Oct. 16 a three-person team from the Alachua County Joint Aviation unit – a combination of personnel from the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office – picked up Kiowa No. 867 from the Florida National Guard’s Army Aviation facility at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville. According to Chief Pilot Richard Bray of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, his unit has been flying Kiowas since the mid-90s. They use the retired military helicopters to support their other aircraft during patrol operations.

“[The Kiowas] have been great aircraft for us and for any of the other agencies that are using them,” Bray said. He noted that Alachua County Deputy Sheriff and pilot Brett Rhodenizer previously served as commander of the Florida National Guard Kiowa unit and is quite familiar with the aircraft.

Before Bray flew 867 away from Cecil Commerce Center, he said that his office plans to install additional police equipment in the Kiowa and they expect to have it operational by the end of November.

“Within 30 days it will be protecting the citizens of Alachua County,” Bray said.

When 867 lifted off into the morning sun and away from the National Guard facility, Hogan and his team watched as 42 years of Florida Army aviation history drifted into the distant haze.

The OH-58 Kiowa was used in different forms by the U.S. Army since the late 1960s, primarily for observation and reconnaissance. The Florida Army National Guard received the helicopters in 1972, using them as scouts for its attack helicopter battalion. Later the Kiowas were assigned to the Reconnaissance and Aerial Interdiction Detachment (RAID) teams, flying in support of the Florida National Guard’s Counterdrug program. In more recent years the helicopters flew in support of disaster relief operations – including after Hurricane Katrina – and along the U.S.-Mexico border for National Guard border patrol missions.

“This airframe is the Bell 206 airframe,” Hogan said. “It is the most prolific helicopter airframe on the planet. They still make parts for it … these helicopters probably have the ability to fly for another 40 years.”

Hogan estimated about half of the 4,000 hours of flight time he completed during his career was in the OH-58 Kiowa. In the Kiowa he has flown from Florida to Connecticut, from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast, and even over the famed Mariana Trench in the western Pacific – the deepest ocean trench on earth.

He also estimated that the Florida Army National Guard has netted about 50,000 accident-free flying hours in the Kiowas over the past 40 years.

“They are that reliable and I love flying it,” he said. “It is a real pilot’s aircraft.”

Sgt. 1st Class Todd Bridges, who has been an OH-58 mechanic since 1988, agreed that the helicopter was one of the most reliable pieces of equipment in the Florida Army National Guard arsenal.

“I have total confidence in the aircraft,” Bridges said, pointing to one of the OH-58 Kiowas left in the hangar at Cecil Commerce Center. “I’ve had a lot of people let me down, but I’ve never had this thing here fail me.”

Bridges was also an aerial observer on the helicopters until 1996, and fondly remembers flying level with the treetops during training in the early 1990s. He said he feels that the helicopters will continue to provide invaluable support to Florida during their continued lifespan with civilian law enforcement.

“I’m sorry to see them go,” he added.

A fourth Florida Army National Guard OH-58 Kiowa helicopter will be placed on static display outside the Army Aviation facility at Cecil Commerce Center, and the 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion is planning an official retirement ceremony for the aircraft on Oct. 31.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/29/215058/feed/ 0
On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-387/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-387/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:36:19 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215053

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1910 – French Maurice Tabuteau performs a closed-circuit record of 289 miles in a Maurice Farman biplane, ending the supremacy of the Wright biplanes. 1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (both prototypes shown), an American “tri-jet” ground attack aircraft. [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace.

1910 – French Maurice Tabuteau performs a closed-circuit record of 289 miles in a Maurice Farman biplane, ending the supremacy of the Wright biplanes.

1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (both prototypes shown), an American “tri-jet” ground attack aircraft.

1956 – Death of Ivan Vasilyevich Smirnov, Russian World War I fighter ace and Dutch airliner pilot.

1975 – To demonstrate the manoeuvrability and short field ability of the Franco-German Alpha Jet, test pilot Jean-Marie Saget lands on and takes off from a stretch of motorway linking Paris and Le Mans.

2006 – Continental Airlines Flight 1883, a Boeing 757 with 154 people on board, mistakenly lands on a taxiway instead of a runway at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. It rolls to a stop without incident.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-387/feed/ 0
Photo Essay: U.S. Navy Days on Iceland http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/photo-essay-u-s-navy-days-on-iceland/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/photo-essay-u-s-navy-days-on-iceland/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:40:31 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215048

Story and photo by Will Tate via Warbirds News I joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 while still in high school. I had been dreaming of flying in the Navy since I was very young. Growing up roughly a mile from Naval Air Station Atlanta, I was able to ride my bicycle down to the [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

Story and photo by Will Tate via Warbirds News

I joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 while still in high school. I had been dreaming of flying in the Navy since I was very young. Growing up roughly a mile from Naval Air Station Atlanta, I was able to ride my bicycle down to the base and watch Corsairs, Skyraiders, Catalinas, and Neptunes taxi, take off and land…. so you can imagine how a ten year old boy from the Deep South would dream about flying in the Navy one day.

In November 1963, after boot camp and Aviation Electronics school, I arrived at my new command, VW-11 (AEWRON Eleven). The squadron’s home port was Naval Air Station Argentia in Newfoundland, Canada. However, to maintain readiness for the ever-present Soviet bomber threat, the twenty man crews for our EC-121K Super Constellation AWACs aircraft spent two weeks out of every month deployed to a forward base; Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland. Our role was to augment the Distant Early Warning Line, or DEW Line for short.

The DEW Line comprised a series of radar stations spanning the northern rim of the Americas out over the North Atlantic to the Faroe Islands. Along with other units, our squadron helped form an Airborne Early Warning (AEW) barrier in the Denmark Straits between Greenland and Iceland, and another barrier between Iceland and the United Kingdom. The DEW Line’s land-based radar stations throughout Alaska, Canada and Greenland were thusly joined with an unbroken link to stations in Iceland and England. The Navy’s AEW barriers would fill the over-water gaps round-the-clock for the next three years. While at NAS Keflavik, I was able to observe and photograph Navy and NATO aircraft operating from base.

For the complete story, click here.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/28/photo-essay-u-s-navy-days-on-iceland/feed/ 0
Prowlers Ship Out on Final Deployment http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/27/prowlers-ship-out-on-final-deployment/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/27/prowlers-ship-out-on-final-deployment/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:48:19 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215043

A carrier with Boeing EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is en route to assist with air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The USS Carl Vinson strike group, which includes Electronic Attack Squadron 139, replaces the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group, deployed since Feb. 15, according [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

A carrier with Boeing EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is en route to assist with air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

The USS Carl Vinson strike group, which includes Electronic Attack Squadron 139, replaces the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group, deployed since Feb. 15, according to the Navy. NAS Whidbey-based VAQ 134 has been a part of the departing strike group, and the squadrons involvement will be the Navy’s final job for the Northrop Grumman Prowler.

“This is the final Navy EA-6B Prowler deployment, and that, despite its age, compared to the modern EA-18G Growler, the old Prowler, thanks to its dedicated maintainers and air crew, is proving itself right up to the end,” said Lt. Joseph Hontz, U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman.

For the complete story by Janis Reid of the Whidbey (Wash.) News-Times, click here.

Photo by U.S. Navy

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/27/prowlers-ship-out-on-final-deployment/feed/ 0
On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-386/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-386/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215038

1893 – Birth of Rex Buren Beisel (shown), American aeronautical engineer who lated led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, the Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines. 1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

1893 – Birth of Rex Buren Beisel (shown), American aeronautical engineer who lated led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, the Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines.

1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance and altitude  when he flies for 8 hours, 23 minutes, in a Burgess-Wright airplane.

1942 – The first daylight attack on Italy is mounted by the Royal Air Force Bomber Command aircraft based in the UK when 88 Avro Lancasters of No. 5 Group attack Milan.

1945 – American Overseas Airlines launches international landplane flights with the Douglas DC-4 “New England” on a New York-London route.

1976 – Death of Andrei E. Durnovtsev, Soviet Air Force pilot; he dropped the Tsar Bomba on Oct. 30, 1961, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

1984 – First flight of the PZL-130 Orlik, a Polish turboprop two-seat trainer.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-386/feed/ 0
Beechraft T-6Cs May Train British Pilots http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/t-6cs-may-train-british-pilots/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/t-6cs-may-train-british-pilots/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:53:14 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215033

The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations. Ascent, the Lockheed Martin-Babcock partnership responsible for the UK military flying training systems (UKMFTS) program, has selected the [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations.

Ascent, the Lockheed Martin-Babcock partnership responsible for the UK military flying training systems (UKMFTS) program, has selected the Elbit Systems/KBR Affinity team as preferred bidder for the fixed-wing aircraft service provider element of the scheme.

Affinity and Ascent have already been in exclusive discussions for more than a year after rival bidders were ejected from the competition late last summer.

For the complete story by Andrew Chuter of DefenseNews.com, click here.

Photo by Beechcraft

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/24/t-6cs-may-train-british-pilots/feed/ 0
On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/22/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-385/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/22/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-385/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:01:28 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215021

1883 – Birth of Heinrich Kostrba, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he later becomes the first Austro-Hungarian pilot to score three victories in a single day. He also later founds and leads the Czechoslovakian Flying Corps after the war. 1909 – The first time an airplane is seen to fly in reverse takes place [...]

Flight Journal -

]]>

1883 – Birth of Heinrich Kostrba, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he later becomes the first Austro-Hungarian pilot to score three victories in a single day. He also later founds and leads the Czechoslovakian Flying Corps after the war.

1909 – The first time an airplane is seen to fly in reverse takes place in Blackpool, England, when Hubert Latham flew in winds ranging between 23 mph and 40 mph.

1922 – Amelia Mary Earhart, in her yellow Kinner Airster biplane nicknamed “The Canary” (shown), reaches an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for female pilots.

1955 – First flight of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, an American supersonic fighter-bomber.

1985 – Death of Arthur Marie Marcel Coadou, French World War I flying ace, who also served in World War II.

2011 – The Twin Balloons Airship, made by JP Aerospace, flies to 95,085 feet to set the an airship world altitude record; the unmanned tandem airship ascends nearly four miles higher than any airship before and is provided with two electric motors.

Flight Journal -

]]>
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/10/22/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-385/feed/ 0