Training to Fly for the RAAF

May 13, 2015 No Comments

Among the trainee fighter pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Introductory Fighter School is a Qantas captain who has taken leave without pay and a former Australian Army soldier. Another is from Melbourne and a fourth from country Western Australia. “It’s a dream they’ve been chasing for quite a while,” Squadron Leader Grant [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 12, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Tenente Silvio Scaroni, Italian World War I fighter pilot. Credited with 26 victories, he becomes the second-ranking Italian ace of the war. 1940 – The first bombing raid over Germany by the Royal Air Force takes place. 1941 – First flight of the Platt-LePage XR-1, also known by the company designation PL-3, early American twin-rotor helicopter. 1959 – Capital Airlines Flight 75, a [...]

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Pilatus Jet Makes First Flight

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, made its maiden sortie on Monday, two years after the seven-seat twin – dubbed a “super versatile jet” by the Swiss manufacturer because of its proposed short-runway performance and its ability to land on rough landing strips – was unveiled. The first prototype, P01, registration HB-VXA –– took off at 10 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 11, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Walter Ewers, German World War I flying ace. 1927 – Charles Lindbergh lands his new Ryan monoplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” in St. Louis, Mo., after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego, Calif., of 14 hours, 25 min. 1957 – Death of Victor Herbert Strahm, American World War I flying ace, who served in World War [...]

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Turkish A400M Atlas Crashes in Spain

May 11, 2015 No Comments

An Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, which had been ordered by Turkey, crashed Saturday near the Seville airport, killing four crew members and gravely injuring two other crew members, Airbus Defence and Space said. “We confirm that there has been an accident with an A400M in Sevilla,” Airbus Defence and Space said in a [...]

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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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