On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – First flight of the Duigan biplane (shown), which made the first powered flight by an aircraft designed and built in Australia. 1927 – Ernie Smith and Emory Bronte complete the first civilian non-stop flight from North America to the Hawaiian Islands when their Travel Air monoplane, the City of Oakland, crashes on Molokai after a flight [...]

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Iranian F-4 Crashes, Crew Lost

Jul 16, 2014 No Comments

A McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, operated by Iran’s Air Force, has crashed in southern Iran, leaving both pilot and copilot dead. “An operational-training jet [operated by] the Army went down on Tuesday near Bakhtegan [Lake] in Fars province. Unfortunately, the pilot and the copilot were killed,” said Brigadier General Hossein Mohammadi, a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Augustus Roy Knabenshue,  American aeronautical engineer and aviator; he became the first to make a dirigible flight over New York City in 1905. 1927 – First flight of the Bristol Bagshot (also known as the Type 95), a British fighter prototype. 1952 – A pair of U.S. Air Force Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaws make the first transatlantic crossing by [...]

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Military Planes Wow at Farnborough

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments

The tradition of military participation at what is now the Farnborough Airshow dates back to the 1920s, when the Royal Air Force Airshow was held at RAF Hendon. The event moved around, settling here at Farnborough in 1948. Always a magnet for those interested in peddling or procuring military hardware, the show also sets the stage for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 14, 2014 No Comments

1905 – Orville Wright has a serious crash with Wright Flyer III, after which the Wright brothers radically alter the aircraft; the pivot point of the front rudder is mainly the culprit for the Flyer’s insistent pitching. 1922 – Birth of Robin Olds, American fighter pilot and general officer in the U. S. Air Force; he was [...]

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Four Down!

Jul 14, 2014 No Comments

The Korean Combat the U.S. Tried to Forget By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver November 18, 1952: The cloud cover was 500 feet above the freezing Sea of Japan; visibility estimated at two miles in blowing snow as the Siberian blizzard howled over the pitching, rolling shapes of the ships forming Task Force 77. On the flight [...]

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Book Review: Solitary

Jul 14, 2014 No Comments

By Peter B. Mersky Editor’s note: Peter Mersky has written 16 books on military aviation, including the first book outside Israel on IAF aces. Besides many magazine articles, he has reviewed some 700 books for various publications, as well as his own regular (since 1982) column for Naval Aviation News, the U.S. Navy’s oldest periodical. He is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 11, 2014 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr. , American World War II bomber pilot (shown); he became one of the first heroes of the war for sacrificing his own life to save the crew of his dying Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 1939 – First flight of the Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.12 (Høver M.F.12), a Norwegian [...]

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