Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 09, 2014 No Comments

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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USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works

Dec 09, 2014 No Comments

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

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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Waco Added to Collings Foundation Fleet

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alexandre Léonel Pierre “Lionel” de Marmier, French World War I flying ace and Nieuport test pilot; he also became a pioneering airliner and airmail pilot, as well as a test pilot for Air France, and flew in the Spanish War and World War II. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first [...]

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A-10 Retirement May Be Blocked

Dec 03, 2014 No Comments

U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week. Senior aides from the House and Senate Armed Services committees told reporters Tuesday a compromise 2015 National Defense [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace. 1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair. 1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between [...]

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