On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Rudolf Berthold, German World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I fighter ace John Lightfoot Trollope of the Royal Flying Corps No. 43 Squadron shoots down seven German aircraft in his Sopwith F.1 Camel. 1939 – American pioneer aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran achieves a woman’s altitude record of 30,052 [...]

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C-47 Prepares for Return Trip to Normandy

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion. Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, the plane now housed at the National Warplane Museum in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role [...]

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Kentucky Park Gets NASA T-38

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

“Did somebody order an airplane?” joked Worldwide Aircraft Recovery Vice President Marty Batura on Saturday afternoon as he drove a NASA Northrop T-38 Talon airplane into Kentucky’s Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, while members of the Aviation Heritage Park snapped pictures of the arrival. “It’s like a bunch of expectant fathers,” said Bob Pitchford, a [...]

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Ex-Cuban Planes Unlikely to Fly Again

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 – two by hijackers, one by its pilot – all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Carlo Maria Piazza, Italian early aviator. 1912 – A Wright B Flyer, designated S.C. No. 7, is used to make the first flight of an American military airplane outside the continental U.S. when it is flown in the Philippines. 1918 – Germany launches Operation Michael; in the initial attack against the [...]

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Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glen Veno wants to share the “different sensory experience” of the Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter this summer. He’ll get that opportunity, but not in Hamburg Township as he had hoped. And not adjacent to a Vietnam War replica memorial listing his 58,000-plus fellow American soldiers killed in the war. A [...]

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VTOL X-Plane Competition Ramps Up

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

The longtime hunt for the ultimate military hybrid – part helicopter, part airplane – may finally be over. Narrowed down to a final four contenders, the Phantom Swift has come out of the gate looking strong with a smart design and the coolest name. Made by Boeing, the aircraft giant’s strange design incorporates fans on [...]

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Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former U.S. Navy training plane with a big smile. “It’s good to be mayor,” says Bob Buckhorn, moments after taking a flight across Florida’s Tampa Bay in a North American SNJ single engine prop plane. The plane was part of the Geico Skytypers Airshow team, [...]

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