On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

1910 – British aviation pioneer Cecil Grace vanishes over the English Channel during a flight from Calais, France, to Dover, England. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Camel (shown), a British World War I biplane fighter. 1934 – The first night bombing in South America is done by a Macchi M.18, an Italian flying boat operated by [...]

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Russians Get Updated Bombers

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

Russia’s air force on Friday received the first examples of a number of modernized strategic bombers – a Tu-160M and Tu-95MSs – following upgrade work performed by manufacturer Tupolev. Enhancement activity on the supersonic Tu-160 includes “partial replacement” of the aircraft’s avionics and weapons systems, says Tupolev. First flight of the initial example took place on Nov. 16. A [...]

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UK Taking Bids on Avro Shackleton

Dec 19, 2014 No Comments

Aviation enthusiasts have launched a campaign to save a Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft threatened with destruction. The Avro Shackleton MR2C has stood guard at the entrance to RAF St. Mawgan near Newquay, England, for more than 25 years. The Ministry of Defense has invited bids for the WL795 aircraft, which is not airworthy. The Save our Shackleton group said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maurice Lea Cooper, Irish World War I flying ace. 1934 – Boeing Airplane Co. subsidiary Stearman Aircraft, located in Wichita, Kan., delivers its first Stearman Kaydet to the military. It will become the most common preliminary trainer in service, and 10,346 Kaydets will be built during World War II. 1947 – First flight of the Chase YC-122 [...]

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Army RC-12 Being Prepped for Display

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments

A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter delivered a 14,000-pound signal intelligence aircraft from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport to the Tobyhanna Army Depot on Wednesday. The RC-12 Guardrail is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft based on the Beechcraft Super King Air. It is used for special missions for the Army, according to a news release. Originally stationed in Korea, where [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Leopoldo Eleuteri, Italian World War I flying ace. 1941 – Boyd David “Buzz” Wagner becomes the first U.S. Army Air Forces World War II flying ace. While strafing a Japanese airfield near Vigan, Philippines, with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, he shoots down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero after takeoff from the field [...]

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Despite Filing, Oregon Museum Keeps Going

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

Directors of McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum were surprised by the timing of last week’s bankruptcy filing by Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, a for-profit entity that owns about 25 of the aircraft on display at the museum. Even so, the museum is operating on a “sustainable” basis and expects to continue to do so, its attorney said Tuesday. “We’re [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 12, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1941 – More than 50 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines; Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off. Pilot César Basa is killed. 1945 – Death of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace [...]

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