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World’s Largest Aircraft Crashes After Test Flight

World’s Largest Aircraft Crashes After Test Flight

The world’s largest aircraft crash-landed at the end of its second test flight on Wednesday. The 300-feet long Airlander 10 nosedived on its return to an airfield north of London after spending more than an hour and half in the air. “The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Edgar Taylor, American World War I flying ace, killed by ground fire in his Sopwith Dolphin. 1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off with her Lockheed Vega 5B from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., for a non-stop flight across the U.S. 1944 –  The third airstrike of Operation Goodwood and the most […]

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Air Show Set to Recall Great War

Air Show Set to Recall Great War

The Military Aviation Museum’s Biplanes and Triplanes World War One Airshow will be held Oct. 1-2, in Pungo, Va., taking guests back to the days of The Great War for a weekend of flying, colorful World War I aircraft, live performances, elaborate reenactor encampments, and much more. “The Biplanes and Triplanes show is all about […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Thomas Proctor, Irish World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying a D.H.9, shoot down five Fokker D.VII on a single mission. 1943 – The Royal Air Force Bomber Command opens the preliminary phase of the […]

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Convair Completes Epic Trip to Australia

Convair Completes Epic Trip to Australia

A historic aircraft touched down in Australia’s Illawarra at the weekend, following an epic two-week journey from South Africa. The restored Convair 440, painted in a 1950s colour scheme, is the newest addition to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) fleet. HARS vice president, and Convair project co-leader, Maureen Massey was on board the airliner when it hit the tarmac […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – An Avro 504 on patrol over Belgium is shot down by German rifle fire, becoming the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft destroyed in action. 1932 – Birth of Gerald Paul Carr, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – Death of Koji Motomura, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War fighter ace, killed […]

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Restored Tomcat to Debut During Air Show

Restored Tomcat to Debut During Air Show

As Warbirds News reported three weeks ago, the Commemorative Air Force’s High Sky Wing, based in Midland, Texas, was set to begin refurbishing a U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat on July 27. This airframe, if you recall, is of particular significance because it was the first Tomcat to shoot down another aircraft in combat. Cmdr. […]
It’s National Aviation Day!

It’s National Aviation Day!

National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. What will you be doing to celebrate aviation today and this weekend? […]

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Tally-Ho!

Tally-Ho!

A young man, his Hurricane and the Battle of Britain
Runt of the Litter

Runt of the Litter

I was only 5 feet 4 inches tall when I graduated from flight training in 1943, but my instructors saw something gigantic inside of me. I was one of 60 Second Lieutenants selected out of 400 to go into fighters—P-47 Thunderbolts to be exact. When I first saw the airplane I would fly in combat, […]
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