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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator […]
VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, received the Silver Star aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Monday for taking immediate action against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pinned the nation’s […]

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Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21FL fighter jet aircraft, which had heralded the “supersonic era” in the Indian Air Force and had changed the course of the 1971 Indo-Pak war due to its accurate targeting ability, flew into the annals of history today. “I have the greatest professional regard for MiG-21. The agility of MiG-21 cannot be matched by […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Morzik, German World War I pilot and high-ranking officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 1933 – Charles Kingsford Smith in a Percival Gull IV lands in Darwin, Australia, after flying from Lympne Aerodrome in England; the trip sets a record for solo flight between the two countries […]

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Aussie Navy Gets MH-60R Choppers

Aussie Navy Gets MH-60R Choppers

 The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in today’s maritime security […]
Navy Celebrates 35 Years of Hornet Service

Navy Celebrates 35 Years of Hornet Service

The U.S. Navy marked the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary with the fleet on a Monday at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. “The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continue to thrive,” said Capt. Frank Morley, Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) manager for the Hornet and Growler programs. “And [it] is by far […]

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Cathay Pacific Unveils Latest ‘Spirit’

Cathay Pacific Unveils Latest ‘Spirit’

Cathay Pacific Airways unveiled the third edition of the airline’s “Spirit of Hong Kong” livery at a special ceremony held Monday at Hong Kong International Airport. The new livery marks the climax of the recent “The Spirit of Hong Kong” campaign run by the airline. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar officiated at the livery […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Edward Duncan Crundall, British World War I flying ace, World War II pilot; he also would become a commercial pilot and author. 1909 – First powered airplane flight over Australia is made by British racing driver and pilot Colin Defries with a Wright Model A. 1936 – Death of Juan de […]

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Ex-Army Pilot to Get Master Pilot Award

Ex-Army Pilot to Get Master Pilot Award

In 1954, 10-year-old George Galo took his first ride in an airplane. His father had been stationed in the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Navy for two years, and on their way back to Norfolk, Va., they flew in a Lockheed Constellation. The pilot took notice of George sitting with his mother and invited […]
Latest Version of Typhoon Debuts

Latest Version of Typhoon Debuts

The first Tranche 3 production example of the Eurofighter Typhoon performed its debut flight on Dec. 2 from BAE Systems’ Warton assembly site in Lancashire, UK. Flown by BAE test pilot Nat Makepeace, single-seat BS116 is one of 40 Tranche 3 aircraft that will be produced for the UK Royal Air Force, equipped with a series of enhancements […]
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