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Gallery: Hurricane Hawker

Gallery: Hurricane Hawker

The Overlooked Warrior by Barrett Tillman Nearly 20 years after WW I, the RAF still flew biplane fighters. Consequently, the Hawker Hurricane made its mark as Britain’s first monoplane fighter, heralding a new era in military aviation. Designed by Sir Sydney Camm and first flown in late 1935, the Hurricane featured a thick airfoil that […]
CNN Rides EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

CNN Rides EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

They call this airplane a time machine. At nearly 90 years old, Ford Tri-Motors are museum pieces. They’re the world’s first all-metal, multi-engine commercial airliners. Really, it’s hard to believe they still let these things fly. They’re too historic.  But the so-called Tin Goose was flying at last week’s aviation festival at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, so, […]

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In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Rosina Ferrario, the first Italian woman to obtain a pilot license. 1914 – The first torpedo drop by a British aircraft is carried out by Arthur Murray Longmore from a Short Admiralty Type 81 (Short Folder), a British two-seat floatplane. 1938 – Harold Lee Neely, flying a Sversky P-35, achieves a […]

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Armorers reload a Hurricane's .303 machine guns, a vital part of preparing for the next sortie. (Photo courtesy of EN-Archive)

Iconic Firepower: Guns of the Battle

Ordnance Philosophies Differed By Barrett Tillman How do you kill an airplane? Essentially there are only three methods: Destroy the airframe, such as severing a wing spar. Destroy the powerplant or systems, rendering the aircraft unable to maneuver or maintain altitude. Kill or incapacitate the crew. The aircraft weapons of the Battle of Britain were […]
Aerial Banner Company Turns 70

Aerial Banner Company Turns 70

Like saltwater taffy and “Watch the tramcar please,” a single-engine Piper Cub airplane pulling an advertising banner above the shoreline is a Jersey Shore tradition. Some of the planes have been flying from Cape May Point north, sometimes as far as Sandy Hook, since 1945. Paramount Air Service — the nation’s oldest and largest aerial advertising firm — is […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II. 1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe. 1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype […]
A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway? Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan. By having A-10s […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 […]
Flights Resume at Oshkosh After Crash

Flights Resume at Oshkosh After Crash

All runways at EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh, Wis., are open after a plane made a hard landing and caught fire Wedesday morning, closing the airport for almost three hours. Five people were aboard the plane at the time of the crash and all were transported to local hospitals after the Piper Malibu plane came in […]
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