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Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

The future of Tiger Moth Joy Rides on Australia’s Gold Coast is up in the air as the owner of the Pimpama, Queensland, company suspends services until further notice. The fatal crash last Monday, which killed Coutts Crossing train driver Gary Turnbull, 58, and injured world record breaking pilot Ryan Campbell, 21, destroyed the only […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing. 1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. 1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid […]

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RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on Jan. 1. An official transfer from the air force’s 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on Tuesday. The […]
‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force moved the Lockheed C-141C Starlifter “Hanoi Taxi” into the museum’s new fourth building on Dec. 16. The aircraft, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war out of North Vietnam in February 1973, will be displayed in the Global Reach Gallery. The 224,000 square foot […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Butcher Bird

Butcher Bird

Tale of the FW 190 In August 1941, a new shape appeared over the French coast: a blunt-nosed, elegantly pugnacious profile possessed of startling performance bearing black crosses. It was the product of a two-year program that immediately changed the Channel air war. Britain’s standard Spitfire Mk V could not compete with the Luftwaffe’s new […]
Hells Bells

Hells Bells

Learning the Hard Way Low-altitude combat in the P-40 October 1940: Off I go into the wild blue yonder! I was the oldest of six kids growing up in Tarboro, North Carolina, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1940. I was assigned to the Third Reconnaissance Squadron in Orlando, Florida, as an aerial […]

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The Race for The Secrets

The Race for The Secrets

Disarming and Digesting the Luftwaffe. The gathering of German aviation technology by the United States in the final days of World War II was not a happenstance. As early as October 1944, the AAF created the Air Disarmament Division in England with a two-fold mission: collect examples of German technology, and scrap everything else that […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1916 – Flight Sub Lt. Arthur Ince, a Royal Flying Corps observer, shoots down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium; it becomes the first Canadian aerial victory. Ince is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 1952 – A Royal Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies into […]

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Tokyo Police Drones Catching Drones

Tokyo Police Drones Catching Drones

Tokyo police are taking to the skies for drone chases. The Japanese city’s Metropolitan Police Department created drone squads on Thursday to enforce its ban against the flying devices, using a 10-foot by 6.5-foot net to catch them. In a demonstration clip, the police drone zips through the sky and easily nets a small, white […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1878 – Birth of George Edward Maurice Kelly, an American aviator who later becomes the first member of the U.S. military killed in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 1914 – The British roundel is adopted for aircraft identification. 1933 – First flight of the Bernard 82, French single-engined, long-range bomber prototype. 1941 – U. […]
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