On This Day in Aviation History

May 07, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Karl Paul Schlegel, German World War I fighter ace and balloon-buster. 1912 – A Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park in Maryland, becomes the first airplane to be armed with a machine gun. 1917 – Royal Air Force ace Maj. Edward “Mick” Mannock claims his first (of 61) victories. [...]

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Bell 407 Becomes Light Attack Platform

May 07, 2014 No Comments

U.S. helicopter pilots and maintainers couldn’t stop gawking at NorthStar Aviation’s new light-attack helicopter, the 407MRH, at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week. “This is amazing,” Spc. Jessica Sanford, 26, an unmanned aerial vehicle maintainer who previously worked on OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopter, gushed on Tuesday [...]

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Milton Caniff & The Art of War

May 07, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris Milton Caniff never served in the military, but, his spirit was on virtually every battlefield of WW II. His artwork on the nose of fighters and bombers and in thousands of military papers touched those in combat in ways nothing else could.     Born in 1907, Caniff moved from Ohio to [...]

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An Icon Aloft

May 07, 2014 No Comments

John Magoffin’s Lockheed Vega By Budd Davisson  Photos by Scotty Germain The year was 1928 and the concept of the airplane was changing radically. While barnstormers still landed rickety surplus biplanes in pastures to hop passengers, those days were waning fast. Utility was driving designs to be faster and sleeker. But, when the Lockheed Vega [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 06, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (A model shown), also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, a single-engined American fighter. 1937 – German Zeppelin LZ-129, the Hindenburg, catches fire and explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air [...]

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American Airlines Host Airbus Test Jet

May 06, 2014 No Comments

There was a French visitor at the American Airlines maintenance hangar at the airport Monday. Airbus flew in one of its test A350s from Toulouse, France, late Sunday evening and put it on display for the media and employees at American. The Fort Worth-based carrier has 22 A350-900 XWB aircraft on order, with the first [...]

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Boeing Delivers 100th Navy Growler

May 06, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Navy formally took delivery of the 100th Boeing EA-18G Growler during an elaborate Monday ceremony in which the company stumped for Congress to buy beyond the Navy’s current program of record of 138 aircraft. The Navy submitted a request to the Congress to purchase 22 additional jets in its unfunded priorities list earlier [...]

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Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K for Marine Corps

May 06, 2014 No Comments

The latest version of Sikorsky’s venerable CH-53 heavy lift helicopter, the next generation K model, was unveiled Monday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony. The aircraft, which the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019, is being dubbed the King Stallion. “The rollout of the CH-53K helicopter introduces a new era in [...]

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