On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Oliver Campbell Bryson, British World War I flying ace; he was one of the British aviators ordered to Russia in 1919 to support the White Army in its counter-revolution against the Bolsheviks. Bryson served in the Royal Air Force until 1943. 1930 – Eddie August Henry Schneider, flying a Scarab-powered Cessna, [...]

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X-47B Conducts Ops with Manned Aircraft

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Navy The U.S. Navy’s unmanned X-47B returned to carrier operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Building on lessons learned from its first test period aboard TR in November 2013, the X-47B team is now [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 15, 2014 No Comments

1935 – First flight of the Seversky P-35 (shown), a U.S. single-seat, all-metal fighter. 1937 – Lufthansa begins seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route. 1945 – Birth of Charles Barbin “Chuck” DeBellevue, U.S. Air Force officer; he became the first USAF weapon systems officer (WSO) to [...]

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Army Squadron Says Goodbye, For Now

Aug 15, 2014 No Comments

It was a bittersweet goodbye for aviators and family members of a helicopter squadron Thursday morning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. They gathered to remember the legacy of the U.S. Army’s 4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron— part of a U.S. Cavalry outfit, known as the “Fighting Sixth,” that dates back to the Civil War. [...]

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Fork-Tailed Oddballs

Aug 14, 2014 No Comments

There’s the P-38 Lightning known and loved by generations — a large, yet lithe twin-engine, twin-boom fighter with an informed sense of streamlining that inspired descriptions like “three bullets on a knife.” The P-38 marched through the war generating alphabetical models through “M” totaling around 10,000 copies. But it would be facile to leave the [...]

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USAF Aggressor Squadron Going Away

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

The next time fighter jets take off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nev., for a U.S. Air Force Red Flag air combat exercise, there will be fewer would-be “bad guys” to battle. Up-and-coming pilots who will be flying their first 10 simulated combat missions will face an adversary force that has fewer [...]

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England Hosts Avro Lancaster Reunion

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments

It is a sight to bring a lump to the throat of even the most battle-hardened veteran. The world’s only two airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers are united on a windswept airfield for what will probably be the last time. For Vera – an Avro Lancaster Mk X bomber with the registration VR-A – it is part [...]

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Lightning: The Fork-tailed Devil Revealed

Aug 10, 2014 No Comments

Is there a more identifiable outline in all of fighterdom, WW I to today, than the Lockheed P-38 Lightning? We don’t think so. No other airframe has emblazoned such a clear image in history’s hall of fame. So, what can be said about it that hasn’t already been said? The answer is “nothing.” The facts [...]

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