First Female C-17 AC Commander Retires

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments

By U.S. Air Force Capt. Michaela Judge Photo by Sr. Airman Sandra Welch Just over two decades ago, a new chapter in aviation history was written on Charleston soil as the first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III made its official debut in the Air Force’s premier aeronautical inventory in June, 1993. Ushering in this solid airframe was [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bela Macourek, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace who flew post-war for the Red Corps. 1941 – The tail section of a Lockheed YP-38 Lightning (shown) separates in flight over Glendale, Calif., and crashes inverted on a house at 1147 Elm Street; Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden is killed, but the homeowner [...]

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USMC to Retire Harrier Fleet Early

Nov 04, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 03, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1926 – U.S Army Capt. Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled De Havilland DH4 during a night airmail flight, making this his fourth time he uses a parachute to save his life. 1945 – The Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying [...]

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Museum Loses Loaned 0-47B in Sale

Nov 03, 2014 No Comments

The World War II-era aircraft recently sold to a Minnesota man had served as a longtime display on loan to the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kan., according to a board member. Museum board chairman Gene Howerter said Friday the North American O-47B aircraft, an observation aircraft built in 1939, had been [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments

1908 – Henri Farman makes the 1st cross-country flight in Europe with a power-driven aeroplane Voisin, flying from Châlons to Reims; the flight takes 20 minutes. 1919 – Death of Hans von Freden, German World War I fighter ace. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France and first German aircraft brought down [...]

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RCAF Nomad Recovered After 70 Years

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t the only fallen Canadian honoured Tuesday. Seven decades after their deaths, a solemn two minutes of silence was observed for two airmen at the place where their plane went down — in the middle of picturesque Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. Their Northrop A-17 Nomad aircraft collided in-flight with a similar plane [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments

1908 – The De Pischoff et Koechlin monoplane, an early French tandem monoplane, is reported to have hopped once for 500 meters at Villacoublay. 1923 – Birth of Lev Kirilovich Shchukin, Soviet World War II instructor and Korean War fighter ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Newfoundland for England to set a [...]

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