On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace. 1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair. 1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between [...]

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Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

Starting in January, Israel Air Force (IAF) cadets will take to the skies in new Lavi advanced trainers, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jets slated to replace A-4 Skyhawks by 2016 in Flying Tiger Squadron 102. Five of 30 aircraft on order arrived here in recent months, along with the first of four ground-based training systems [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1911 – Charles Weymann pilots the Nieuport IVG monoplane to win the military aviation trials at Reims in France. 1957 – First flight of the Piaggio P.166 (shown), Italian pusher-type utility aircraft; it is a development of the P.136 [...]

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Russian Helicopter Makes First Flight

Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

Russian Helicopters has completed first flight of the Mi-171A2, marking another major step in the commercialization of the country’s military-oriented rotorcraft industry. The multi-role Mi-171A2 heavy lift helicopter, with upgraded engines, avionics and rotor system, was flown by Salivat Sadriev, a Russian Helicopters commander and test pilot first class. An online video posted by Russian Helicopters [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Hugh Allport Hay, British World War I flying ace. 1917 – Zeppelin LZ59 (LZ-104) ends its first flight by completing a journey through Africa in 96 hours. 1944 – The first bombing attack (since the Doolittle Raid) against Tokyo, the Japanese capital, from the east and by land is carried out [...]

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Marines to Add Firepower to Osprey

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps’ most unique aircraft is going to get a bigger punch. A Marine Corps planning document shows that officials want to arm the Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey with more weapons so the aircraft can support the service’s new crisis response forces that carry out missions like embassy evacuations. An “enhanced weapon systems is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Alan Machin Wilkinson, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14 (shown), a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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Army Restructures Aviation Units, Assets

Nov 21, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Army will inactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade this year, officials announced Thursday. The 159th CAB is the first of three aviation brigades expected to be cut as part of a five-year aviation restructuring initiative. The other two have not been announced. The 159th, which recently returned from Afghanistan, is one of two combat [...]

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