Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:57:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/17/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-410/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/17/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-410/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215357

1894 – Birth of Leopoldo Eleuteri, Italian World War I flying ace. 1941 – Boyd David “Buzz” Wagner becomes the first U.S. Army Air Forces World War II flying ace. While strafing a Japanese airfield near Vigan, Philippines, with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, he shoots down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero after takeoff from the field [...]

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1894 – Birth of Leopoldo Eleuteri, Italian World War I flying ace.

1941 – Boyd David “Buzz” Wagner becomes the first U.S. Army Air Forces World War II flying ace. While strafing a Japanese airfield near Vigan, Philippines, with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, he shoots down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero after takeoff from the field during the attack.

1956 – First flight of the Grumman E-1 Tracer (B model shown), an American airborne early warning aircraft developed for carrier service in the U.S. Navy.

1960 – A U.S. Air Force Convair C-131D Samaritan crashes after take-off from Munich-Riem Airport; it strikes a crowded two-section Munich streetcar in the downtown Ludwigsvorstadt borough. All 20 passengers and crew aboard as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.

1986 – Death of Leonard Henry “Tich” Rochford, British World War I flying ace.

2003 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately built and manned aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound on its first powered flight.

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Despite Filing, Oregon Museum Keeps Going http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/17/despite-filing-oregon-museum-keeps-going/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/17/despite-filing-oregon-museum-keeps-going/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:46 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215353

Directors of McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum were surprised by the timing of last week’s bankruptcy filing by Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, a for-profit entity that owns about 25 of the aircraft on display at the museum. Even so, the museum is operating on a “sustainable” basis and expects to continue to do so, its attorney said Tuesday. “We’re [...]

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Directors of McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum were surprised by the timing of last week’s bankruptcy filing by Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, a for-profit entity that owns about 25 of the aircraft on display at the museum.

Even so, the museum is operating on a “sustainable” basis and expects to continue to do so, its attorney said Tuesday.

“We’re going through what could be a very positive and significant transition,” said Salem lawyer and former legislator Kevin Mannix, one of the museum’s two lead attorneys. Mannix said the museum’s board has been thinned from about 30 members to about 15 members who met for three hours Monday in the wake of Evergreen Vintage’s Chapter 11 filing. They discussed a range of issues related to the museum’s operation, including its tax-exempt status and the bankruptcy filing.

For the complete story by Mike Francis of OregonLive.com, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/12/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-409/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/12/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-409/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:11:11 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215348

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1941 – More than 50 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines; Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off. Pilot César Basa is killed. 1945 – Death of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace [...]

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1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace.

1941 – More than 50 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines; Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off. Pilot César Basa is killed.

1945 – Death of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard who also served in World War II; he is killed in a crash while flying home to be released from active duty when his Republic P-47N Thunderbolt strikes a mountain in Ohio.

1951 – Alaska Air becomes the first airline to fly over the North Pole.

1952 – The first Frenchman to break the sound barrier is Roger Carpentier in the Dassault Mystère II (C model shown).

1998 – Alan Zwick, U.S. Air Force 9th Reconnaissance Wing and instructor, flies his Lockheed U-2 and payload to an altitude record of more than 12 and a half miles.

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Thunderbirds, Blues Post ’15 Schedules http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/12/thunderbirds-blue-angels-post-15-schedules/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/12/thunderbirds-blue-angels-post-15-schedules/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:47:21 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215340

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have finalized their 2015 show schedules as the International Council of Air Shows met this week in Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds will open their 62nd season Feb. 22 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The team will perform at 39 locations and end the season Nov. [...]

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have finalized their 2015 show schedules as the International Council of Air Shows met this week in Las Vegas.

The Thunderbirds will open their 62nd season Feb. 22 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The team will perform at 39 locations and end the season Nov. 7-8 at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Prior to the official season, the Thunderbirds will make their first public flyover of 2015 at Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix on Feb. 1. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly in 65 demonstrations at 35 locations next year, starting March 14 in El Centro, California, with a show added in Rochester, New York, May 23-24. The team’s last show will be Nov. 7 in Pensacola.

For the complete story by Elaine Kauh of AVweb, click here. For the Thunderbirds schedule, click here; for the Blue Angels schedule, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/11/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-408/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/11/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-408/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:47:10 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215334

1915 – Death of Gaston Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer along with his brother René; he is killed in the crash of the Caudron R-4 he was testing at Lyon-Bron. 1941 – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces, operating from the Philippines, attack Japanese shipping; this is the first [...]

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1915 – Death of Gaston Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer along with his brother René; he is killed in the crash of the Caudron R-4 he was testing at Lyon-Bron.

1941 – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces, operating from the Philippines, attack Japanese shipping; this is the first American air offensive action in World War II.

1945 – Birth of Richard Michael “Mike” Mullane, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut.

1957 – First flight of the Aermacchi MB-326 (H model shown), an Italian light military jet; it becomes one of the most commercially successful aircraft of its type.

1987 – Two prisoners escape from a maximum security prison in England with the aid of a hijacked Bell 206L helicopter.

2011 – A Beechcraft Queen Air crashes just after take off into the Felixberto Serrano Elementary School near Manila in the Philippines, killing at least 14 people including the three crew members aboard the cargo aircraft. More than 20 people are injured and about 50 houses are set ablaze by fire from the crash.

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Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/11/honoring-the-flying-minute-men/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/11/honoring-the-flying-minute-men/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:37:31 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215330

Flying Piper Cubs and Stinson biplanes, aircraft sometimes borrowed for the mission, the Civil Air Patrol guarded the American coast and helped turn back the U-boat onslaught that might otherwise have turned the tide of World War II. Men and women answered the call to serve as the nation went to war, joining the volunteer [...]

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Flying Piper Cubs and Stinson biplanes, aircraft sometimes borrowed for the mission, the Civil Air Patrol guarded the American coast and helped turn back the U-boat onslaught that might otherwise have turned the tide of World War II.

Men and women answered the call to serve as the nation went to war, joining the volunteer service founded less than a week before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. With the U.S. Navy and Army Air Corps spread thin, the Civil Air Patrol was pressed into service patrolling the coast from Maine to Texas in 1942. Over the next 18 months, CAP pilots spotted 173 German submarines and attacked 57. They escorted more than 5,600 convoys carrying vital supplies; they reported floating mines, ships in distress, and survivors in the water—363 survivors by war’s end. Sixty-five CAP pilots were killed in the line of duty, and many more have passed in the intervening decades.

On Dec. 10, the surviving pilots who played a vital role in winning that war gathered in Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Congress. With family and friends included, more than 600 were expected to make the trip.

For the complete story by Jim Moore of AOPA.org, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/09/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-407/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/09/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-407/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:43:41 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215326

1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft. 1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet. 1970 – Death of Artem [...]

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1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace.

1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft.

1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet.

1970 – Death of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, a Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, designed many of the well-known MiG military aircraft.

1982 – Aeronor Flight 304, a Fairchild F-27, crashes near La Florida Airport, in the Chilean city of La Serena; all 46 perish after the Fairchild suffers a malfunction in one of its engines on approach.

2002 – United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/09/usaf-f-35-cas-tactics-in-the-works/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/09/usaf-f-35-cas-tactics-in-the-works/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:25:11 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215321

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Last week, Defense News-Intercepts talked with the U.S. Air Force general who is leading the testing and preparation for the CAS mission. Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the military aviation community [...]

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Last week, Defense News-Intercepts talked with the U.S. Air Force general who is leading the testing and preparation for the CAS mission.

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the military aviation community is divided as to whether the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II can be an effective CAS platform. A lot comes down to the relative merits of fast-jet CAS versus the kind of low-to-the-ground, persistent CAS practiced by the A-10 or AC-130. (We wrote more about this in January.) Neither side is willing to give ground — perhaps understandably, because the question can truly be answered only when ground troops, under fire, call for help.

For the complete story by Aaron Mehta of DefenseNews.com, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/08/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-406/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/08/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-406/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:52:02 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215316

1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash. 1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver [...]

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1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash.

1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver Tazio Nuvolari driving an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300.

1944 – In an attempt to stop Japanese air attacks on Saipan from staging through Iwo Jima, U. S. Army Air Forces and the U. S. Navy conduct a joint attack against Iwo Jima. After a morning fighter sweep by 28 Lockheed P-38 Lightnings, more than 150 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses and Consolidated B-24 Liberators hit the island, dropping 814 tons of bombs, after which U. S. Navy surface ships shell Iwo Jima. All Iwo Jima airfields are operational by Dec. 11.

1945 – First flight of the Bell 47 (military version shown), an American two-bladed, single engine helicopter; it becomes the first helicopter certified for civilian use.

1969 – Olympic Airways Flight 954, a Douglas DC-6, crashes on approach to Athens in poor weather into Mt. Parnes near Keratea, Greece, killing all 90.

2004 – Death of Nicolas Roland Payen, French aircraft manufacturer recognized as the inventor of the first delta wing plane that flew; he also designed the world’s smallest jet delta wing.

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Waco Added to Collings Foundation Fleet http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/08/waco-added-to-collings-foundation-fleet/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/12/08/waco-added-to-collings-foundation-fleet/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:24:41 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215311

The Collings Foundation seems to be on a real tear these days, adding new aircraft to the collection seemingly every other month over the past year. The group has just acquired a beautifully restored example of a WACO UPF-7. Rolling off the Waco Aircraft Co.’s Troy, Ohio, production line in 1940, this UPF-7 still retains its original [...]

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The Collings Foundation seems to be on a real tear these days, adding new aircraft to the collection seemingly every other month over the past year. The group has just acquired a beautifully restored example of a WACO UPF-7.

Rolling off the Waco Aircraft Co.’s Troy, Ohio, production line in 1940, this UPF-7 still retains its original civil registration NC29324. WACO built more than six hundred UPF-7s from 1937 through 1942, a few of which served as PT-14s in the U.S. Army Air Forces. The type is well sought after today, with roughly 80 still on the civil registry. An earlier variant, the YMF-5, returned to production in the mid-80s with the WACO Classic Aircraft Co. of Lansing, Mich.

For the complete story by WarbirdsNews.com, click here.

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