Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?
Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered flight.
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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer. 1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber. 1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty [...]

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B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

The volunteers in Wichita, Kans., have been hard at work restoring “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, since the project resumed nearly one year ago. “We have made significant progress recently hanging the first engine on the airplane,” said Jeff Turner, chairman of the board of Doc’s Friends, the non-profit organization set up to restore the Superfortress. As [...]

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Red Flag Operations Return

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

Story by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz The latest iteration of the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined [...]

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U.S. Customs Grounds Drone Fleet

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

Drones used to monitor U.S. borders and ports were grounded after an operator ditched one of the unmanned aircraft off the California coast due to a mechanical failure. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection craft went into the Pacific Ocean about 11:15 p.m. local time on Jan. 27 around 20 miles southwest of San Diego, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet, French World War I fighter ace and successful sporting pilot. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (shown), a German low-level ground attack and observation aircraft; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1941 – Final air battle of the French-Thai War. Royal Thai Air [...]

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India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, [...]

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Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris/Photos by John Dibbs/planepicture.com From World War II’s outbreak, through the “Finest Hour” of the Battle of Britain to ultimate victory in May 1945, one Allied fighter was there matching the enemy at every level on every front — the Supermarine Spitfire. One of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, until recently, flying [...]

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Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

40 Years and Still Lethal By Barrett Tillman    Photos by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.com Airpower advocates note that the U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is old and getting older. The F-15 Eagle was first flown in 1972 with squadron deliveries in 1976. The F-16 Fighting Falcon appeared on the tarmac two years later. So how does [...]

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