On This Day in Aviation History

May 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Josef Carl Peter Jacobs, fourth German World War I fighter ace and postwar aircraft manufacturer. 1918 – Regular airmail service in the U.S., between New York and Washington, D.C., begins; the first flight is made by U.S. Army Lt. Geoffrey Boyle in a Curtiss JN-4H. 1943 – First flight of the [...]

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USAF MC-12Ws Aid in Nigerian Search

May 15, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force is flying surveillance missions over northern Nigeria using MC-12W twin turboprops from Project Liberty. The flights are trying to locate more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. They throw some light on a relatively unknown fleet of ISR aircraft that is currently “owned” by Air Combat Command, but likely to move [...]

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USAF Begins Icelandic Air Policing

May 15, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Airmen will begin Icelandic Air Policing operations at Keflavik International Airport, Iceland, May 16, which will continue until June 5. “We are excited to be back in Iceland again for Icelandic Air Policing,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy Renegar, 48th Air Expeditionary Group commander. “While our primary mission is to ensure the [...]

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WWII Bomber Crew Fight Feds Over Date

May 15, 2014 No Comments

Limping home from a World War II bombing mission on a stormy night, a U.S. B-24J Liberator slammed into the rocky flank of a remote mountain in southern China. The bomber and its 10 crew members plummeted into the ravine below. What happened to them remained a mystery until 1996, when Chinese farmers hunting medicinal [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2014 No Comments

1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship, DN-1 (shown). 1936 – First flight of the Miles Whitney Straight M.11, a two-seat light aircraft with a side-by-side cockpit configuration. 1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and forty French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 13, 2014 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, Britsh World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps; he went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashes at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger; the accident is studied [...]

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A B-25 Love Affair

May 13, 2014 No Comments

Tom Reilly has been in the warbird restoration business for over 40 years after a chance flight in a North American P-51 Mustang in Kissimmee, Fla., in 1971. Not long after that flight Reilly had an opportunity to purchase some North American Yale Training aircraft from a friend in Canada. He ended up buying thirteen [...]

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B-2s, B-52s Begin Nuclear Drills

May 13, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Strategic Command will be conducting a massive “deter and detect” nuclear drill from May 12 to May 16, just four days after a similar Russian exercise. The U.S. drill, known as Exercise Global Lightning 14, is set to include ten Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses and six Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit bombers in an attempt to [...]

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