On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 09, 2015 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1911 – Joseph Joel Hammond reaches a speed of almost 50 mph and an altitude of 2,500 feet while giving a demonstration attended by the governor of Western Australia. 1952 – Death of Antonie Strassmann, German aviatrix and actress. 1955 – The Vickers Valiant, a British [...]

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The USAF Year in Review

Jan 09, 2015 No Comments

2014 was an interesting year for the U.S. Air Force. From the start of the year, the service found itself moving from one crisis to another, both political and operational. Incoming Secretary Deborah Lee James barely had time to unpack her office before the nuclear cheating scandal exploded. That was followed by the start of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 08, 2015 No Comments

1863 – Birth of Léon Levavasseur, French powerplant engineer, aircraft designer and inventor; his innovations will include the V8 engine, direct fuel injection, and evaporative engine cooling. 1948 – First flight of the Lavochkin La-15, an early Soviet jet fighter and contemporary of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15. 1950 – Last flight of the Sud-Ouest SO 8000 [...]

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Forgotten DC-3 Caught on Camera

Jan 08, 2015 No Comments

Lying on a black sandy beach in the south of Iceland, the wreckage of a crashed U.S. Navy aircraft looks like something from a post-apocalyptic movie. Amazingly, the crew all survived the impact, when the Douglas Super DC-3 was forced to crash land on Sólheimasandur beach on Nov. 24, 1973. But the plane was abandoned rather than recovered, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Wallace Alexander Smart, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1917 – Death of Paul Joannes Sauvage (shown), the youngest French World War I flying ace; he is killed by anti-aircraft fire. 1934 – First flight of the Curtiss XF13C (Model 70), a U.S. prototype carrier-based monoplane fighter; it is equipped with [...]

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“Doc” Nearing First Flight

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” is in the final days of her restoration. There are just a few minor details to finish with the avionics installation, and setting the limits for the flaps and gear doors, but other than that the old girl is ready to go. The restoration team in Wichita, Kan., [...]

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P-51 Mustang – An old war horse in its second war, free screen saver

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

The Mustang soldiered on longer than any other WWII fighter and we tend to forget its valuable role in Korea. There, most of the airplanes and their pilots were replaying roles they had executed so well only five years earlier in various parts of the globe. In Korea they were very much showing the patina [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments

1911 – Frenchman Henri Jullerot demonstrates the Bristol Boxkite, a pusher biplane based on the successful Farman III, in Calcutta before a crowd of 100,000. 1942 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 Bat (shown), a twin-engine bomber destroyer. 1963 – Birth of Philippe Perrin, French Air Force pilot, test pilot and former [...]

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