On This Day in Aviation History

May 08, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter, German World War I fighter ace. 1919 – A U.S. Navy flying boat, NC-4, begins an Atlantic crossing, flying by short stages from Long Island, N.Y., to Lisbon, Portugal; it will arrive 19 days later on May 28. 1935 – American aviatrix Amelia Earhart makes a non-stop flight from Mexico City to Newark, N.J., in 14 [...]

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Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon

May 08, 2015 No Comments

The Little Known Warrior The Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon was probably one of the least known bombers of the Second World War, but it is certainly not the least important. In fact, its work as a reconnaissance and patrol aircraft conducted principally in the Pacific Theatre and the difficult sector of the Aleutian Islands, was vital [...]

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Germany’s V-1 Buzz Bomb – Iconic Firepower

May 07, 2015 No Comments

The first effective drone. Gerhard Fieseler remains one of the most unappreciated airmen of the 20th century. At age 22, Fieseler came to prominence as Germany’s leading World War I ace on the Eastern Front, scoring 19 victories. A world-class aerobatic pilot, by 1930 he earned enough to buy out a sailplane company that became [...]

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Supermarine Spitfire – Free Wylam Drawing

May 07, 2015 No Comments

Somewhere there is probably a list of the world’s most beautiful airplanes but the process of selecting those airplanes has undoubtedly prompted numerous fistfights. However, when it came to putting the Spitfire on, or at the top, of the list, it’s doubtful anyone anywhere disagreed. Reginald Mitchell created a piece of art as much as [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 07, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Hidaka Hatsuo, Japanese Russo-Japanese War and World War II flying ace. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace Alfred Clayburn Atkey and his observer, British fighter ace Charles George Gass, score five victories on a single mission with their Bristol F.2b. 1940 – A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber of the [...]

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D.C. Warbird Flyover Taking Shape

May 07, 2015 No Comments

More than 50 World War II aircraft will fly in formation over restricted airspace in Washington Friday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe. But if you look overhead in Manassas, Va., on Thursday, you can get a sneak preview. The planes and pilots, organized by the Arsenal of Democracy, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 05, 2015 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Charles Richard Fairey, English aircraft manufacturer. 1941 – Death of George Putnam Moody, early American air force pioneer; he is killed in the crash of a Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita, an advanced two-engine training aircraft, during testing. 1993 – Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, begin operations. 2005 – First flight of the Dassault Falcon 7X (shown), [...]

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Apache-Shadow Unit Headed Overseas

May 05, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Army’s first heavy attack reconnaissance squadron is busy training and preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East this summer. The 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division became the first Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter unit to make this conversion and add AAI RQ-7 Shadow drones to its [...]

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