On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and a high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1916 – Death of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. 1917 – First [...]

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Officials Preparing for Possible Cuts to Blue Angels

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

Every year, rain or shine, thousands flock to get a glimpse of the Blue Angels soaring through the sky. Some civilians even have the chance to ride with a pilot to test the maneuvers themselves. New budget cuts throughout the military threaten to ground the planes for 2013, including the Pensacola Beach show in Florida on [...]

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Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

It is not quite a steal but the man who purchased New Zealand’s grounded Skyhawk fighter aircraft has discovered he got a bargain. Eight Douglas A-4K Skyhawks that sat in plastic cocoons at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Woodbourne since 2001 will next month return to the air in formation over Florida. Draken [...]

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Langley Air Show Cancelled, Oceana Under Threat

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley in Virginia announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show, too. “The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of [...]

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Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat [...]

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An-2 Biplane Making Record Trip to Africa

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

An unprecedented 12,427-mile charity flight from the coast of Russia to South Africa in an Antonov An-2 Russian biplane will be reaching the end of its journey in Lanseria next week. Following the completion of the ‘From Ocean to Ocean’ trip, the aircraft, known as ‘Anoushka,’ or ‘Little Annie,’, will be based full-time in Africa to [...]

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Navy E-2C Hawkeye Squadron Disbanding in Louisiana

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

A Navy Reserve aviation squadron credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents in the flooded chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina has become a casualty of military spending cuts. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, or VAW-77, will be ceremonially disbanded next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye airplanes and many of its personnel already [...]

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