Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:44:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-341/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-341/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:41:44 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214352

1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft on this day over the Western Front. 1932 – Birth of Paul Joseph Weitz, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – First flight of the Avro 679 [...]

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1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft on this day over the Western Front.

1932 – Birth of Paul Joseph Weitz, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut.

1939 – First flight of the Avro 679 Manchester (shown), a British twin-engine heavy bomber; it is the forerunner to the better-known Avro Lancaster.

1997 – Death of Commander Peter “Hoagy” Carmichael, British fighter pilot with the Royal Navy during and after World War II.

2000 – Air France Flight 4590, an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, catches fire after takeoff, crashing and killing all 100 passengers, nine crew and four people on the ground, at Gonesse, France; the only fatal crash of a Concorde, it marks the beginning of the end of Concorde service.

2009 – Celebrating the first cross-Channel flight 100 years after Louis Blériot’s historic journey, Frenchman Edmond Salis repeats the feat in a Bleriot XI replica.

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Emporia C-45 Moving to Wichita http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/emporia-c-45-moving-to-wichita/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/emporia-c-45-moving-to-wichita/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:54:23 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214348

The World War II-era airplane that’s been sitting in the Emporia (Kan.) Municipal Airport for more than two decades is moving home Saturday to Wichita, where it was built. The Commemorative Air Force will dismantle the aircraft and bring it back to Westport Airport, where it’ll be restored and put on display. The Commemorative Air [...]

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The World War II-era airplane that’s been sitting in the Emporia (Kan.) Municipal Airport for more than two decades is moving home Saturday to Wichita, where it was built. The Commemorative Air Force will dismantle the aircraft and bring it back to Westport Airport, where it’ll be restored and put on display.

The Commemorative Air Force has gotten about 170 WWII-era aircrafts in the air at their restoring dock in Wichita. Although this plane, a Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor used by the military, won’t fly again, it’ll be restored and put on display.

“We just like preserving history,” said Bill Lindsay of the Commemorative Air Force. “It helps us become the kind of nation we are.”

For the complete story by Kathleen Martin of The Emporia Gazette, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-340/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-340/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:07:35 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214344

1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their [...]

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1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their flight from England to New York, but crash land in Connecticut.

1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22, the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype to fly.

1951 – Death of Eugen Bönsch, Austro-Hungarian World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II.

1992 – Mandala Airlines Flight 660, a Vickers Viscount 816, crashes into a mountain on Ambon Island in Indonesia during landing at Pattimura Airport in a heavy thunderstorm, killing all 70.

2012 – The Syrian Air Force attacks rebels for the first time in the Syrian Civil War when Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23s bomb eastern areas of Aleppo.

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Teen Dies in Record-Attempting Flight http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/teens-record-attempting-flight-ends-in-tragedy/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/teens-record-attempting-flight-ends-in-tragedy/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:21:56 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214336

A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for [...]

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A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for Babar.

The father and son team left the U.S. on June 19 and were scheduled to arrive back on the west coast in just a couple of days. Had they completed the trip, Haris Suleman would have become the youngest person to fly as pilot-in-command around the globe. Besides being an extraordinary father-son adventure, the team was using the record-breaking flight attempt to raise money for the Citizen’s Foundation, which has built 1,000 schools to help Pakistani children out of poverty.

For the complete story by Pia Bergqvist of Flying Magazine, click here.

Photo via Flying

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Two Ukrainian Jets Shot Down http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/23/two-ukrainian-jets-shot-down/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/23/two-ukrainian-jets-shot-down/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:12 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214331

Two Ukrainian attack jets were shot down Wednesday over territory held by Russian-back separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. The Ukrainian government said the planes were downed by missiles fired from Russia, raising questions about whether Ukrainian separatists who had crossed the border were responsible or whether Russians fired the weapons. Whatever the [...]

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Two Ukrainian attack jets were shot down Wednesday over territory held by Russian-back separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

The Ukrainian government said the planes were downed by missiles fired from Russia, raising questions about whether Ukrainian separatists who had crossed the border were responsible or whether Russians fired the weapons. Whatever the answer, the incident highlighted the growing conflict in eastern Ukraine between separatists who want autonomy for the region, where many ethnic Russians live, and the national government, which is trying to seize back control of the territory.

“According to the preliminary information we have, the missiles were fired from the territory of Russia,” Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Council for Security and Defense told a news conference Wednesday.

For the complete story by Olga Rudenko and Jim Michaels of USA TODAY, click here.

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Ace in a Day http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/ace-in-a-day/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/ace-in-a-day/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:52:37 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213835

The kills and claims of the top shooters On the morning of April 7, 1943, American fighter pilots on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands responded to a red alert. More than 100 Japanese aircraft were inbound, sending Wildcats and P-40s scrambling to intercept. In a prolonged combat, the defenders claimed 39 victories and actually got [...]

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The kills and claims of the top shooters

On the morning of April 7, 1943, American fighter pilots on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands responded to a red alert. More than 100 Japanese aircraft were inbound, sending Wildcats and P-40s scrambling to intercept. In a prolonged combat, the defenders claimed 39 victories and actually got 29—a better than normal ratio of actual kills versus claims. The belle of the brawl was 1st Lt. James E. Swett, a 22-year-old Marine entering his first combat. Fifteen minutes later, he was fished out of the bay, having ditched his shot-up F4F-4 perforated by Japanese and American gunfire.

When the scores were toted, “Zeke” Swett was credited with seven Aichi dive-bombers destroyed and one probable. In fact, the number of Vals claimed matched the Japanese loss records. Swett received the Medal of Honor, and from that day on, the goal of naval aviation cadets was “to do a Jimmy Swett.”

During WW II, over 100 U.S. fighter pilots were credited with five or more victories in one day, mostly in one sortie. But the “ace in a day” feat was established long before the Second World War.

To read more, open the PDF by clicking the link: http://www.flightjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ace-in-a-day.pdf?746277 

 

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-339/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-339/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:23:13 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214326

1917 – Death of John Edward Sharman, Canadian World War I flying ace; he is killed in action in his Sopwith Triplane by a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire. 1921 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., founds the Douglas Aircraft Co. 1921 – Birth of Umberto Bernardini, Italian test pilot; he became the first Italian to [...]

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1917 – Death of John Edward Sharman, Canadian World War I flying ace; he is killed in action in his Sopwith Triplane by a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire.

1921 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., founds the Douglas Aircraft Co.

1921 – Birth of Umberto Bernardini, Italian test pilot; he became the first Italian to break the sound barrier.

1940 – The first aircraft shot down by a fighter guided by its own airborne radar is a Dornier Do 17; it is hit by a Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF at night over the English Channel.

1955 – First flight of the Republic XF-84H “Thunderscreech” (shown), an American experimental turboprop aircraft derived from the F-84F Thunderstreak; it is powered by a turbine engine mated to a supersonic propeller.

1973 – Pan Am Flight 816, a Boeing 707, crashes into the sea 30 seconds after taking off from Faa’a International Airport in French Polynesia; only a single passenger of 79 people aboard survives.

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Another Lancaster Seat Offered on eBay http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/another-lancaster-seat-offered-on-ebay/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/22/another-lancaster-seat-offered-on-ebay/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:00:49 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214322

If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Avro Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip. A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous warbird, said on Monday that another ticket [...]

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If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Avro Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip.

A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous warbird, said on Monday that another ticket or two will be auctioned off on eBay for the England-to-Hamilton, Ont., Canada, leg of the journey, planned for the week of Sept. 22.

Last month, the original August-to-September tour was extended by three weeks due to the demand for additional appearances.

For the complete story by Mark McNeil of the Hamilton Spectator, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/21/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-338/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/21/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-338/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:24:53 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214314

1891 – Birth of Gilbert Marie de Guingand, French World War I flying ace. 1939 – First flight of the Short S.26 G-class (shown), a British four-engined flying boat. 1941 – More than 190 Luftwaffe bombers attack the Soviet capital of Moscow for the first time. 1951 – A Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-4 departs [...]

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1891 – Birth of Gilbert Marie de Guingand, French World War I flying ace.

1939 – First flight of the Short S.26 G-class (shown), a British four-engined flying boat.

1941 – More than 190 Luftwaffe bombers attack the Soviet capital of Moscow for the first time.

1951 – A Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-4 departs Vancouver, B.C., for Anchorage, Alaska, but disappearsen route without a trace; eventually, all 37 aboard will be declared legally dead.

1996 – Death of John Kevin Moorhouse, British test pilot; he died in the crash of a de Havilland Mosquito during an air show in England.

2011 – STS-135, the last mission of NASA orbiter Atlantis, is back on Earth; it is the final voyage of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

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Group to Toast F-15 Eagle at Ohio Air Base http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/21/group-to-toast-f-15-eagle-at-ohio-air-force-base/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/21/group-to-toast-f-15-eagle-at-ohio-air-force-base/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:17:34 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214310

Those responsible for designing and sustaining a historic airplane will gather this weekend at Hope Hotel and Conference Center to remember — and toast — an achievement worth remembering. Dubbed the “F-15 Gathering of Eagles 2014,” the event happens Friday through Sunday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The gathering is open to the men and women, civilian and [...]

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Those responsible for designing and sustaining a historic airplane will gather this weekend at Hope Hotel and Conference Center to remember — and toast — an achievement worth remembering.

Dubbed the “F-15 Gathering of Eagles 2014,” the event happens Friday through Sunday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The gathering is open to the men and women, civilian and military, who had a hand in the development and maintenance of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. These are people who deserve an opportunity to take a bow, said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based national security think tank.

“The F-15 was the greatest fighter produced by any country in the Cold War,” Thompson said.

For the complete story by Thomas Gnau of the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, click here.

Photo by U.S. Air Force

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