On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Carl “Charly” Degelow, German World War I fighter ace; he is the last German pilot and final German serviceman to be awarded the Blue Max, the German Kingdom of Prussia’s highest order of merit. 1930 – During the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Royal Australian Air Force pilot Stuart Campbell [...]

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Iconic Firepower: The Ever-Present Sidewinder

Dec 31, 2014 No Comments

By Barrett TIllman Kern County, California, 1952: a 1949 Kaiser raced down a desert runway with a streamlined object fitted to a crude bracket on the right side. Lacking a wind tunnel, the passengers — engineers in the front and back seats — took notes on the model’s aerodynamic performance. They were testing the XAAM-N-7, [...]

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The Junior Birdmen of America

Dec 31, 2014 No Comments

A time when aviation was a youth activity By John Lockwood As airplanes ceased to be novelties and became a major part of American life, the 1930s saw an explosion in the number of aviation clubs across the country. Probably the most successful of all was the Junior Birdmen of America, founded by the newspaper [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 29, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Joseph Eugene Carberry and Fred Seydel win the Mackay Trophy flying a Curtiss Model E made by U.S. Army aviators entirely from spare parts. 1940 –  The Luftwaffe begins a devastating two-day-long bombing attack on London, making extensive use of incendiary weapons. 1948 – First flight of the Supermarine Swift (F.1 shown), a British single-seat [...]

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Red Baron Stearman Returns to the Air

Dec 28, 2014 No Comments

The Red Baron is back in the skies. Brothers Paul and Jarrod Lindemann have restored a 1941 Stearman biplane that was part of the Red Baron Squadron, an aerobatic team that barnstormed air shows across the U.S. from 1979 to 2007. The plane started as a U.S. Army Air Corps trainer in World War II, then [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Armando François, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1937 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz sets a speed record between Paris and Saigon in less than 4 days. 1966 – First flight of the Dassault Mirage F1, a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft; it is the successor of [...]

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USAF to Inactivate Two C-17 Squadrons

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force will inactivate two C-17 squadrons over the next two years in a budget-saving move, according to new details released by Air Mobility Command Monday. Sixteen Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs — eight from the 17th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and eight from the 10th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

1910 – British aviation pioneer Cecil Grace vanishes over the English Channel during a flight from Calais, France, to Dover, England. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Camel (shown), a British World War I biplane fighter. 1934 – The first night bombing in South America is done by a Macchi M.18, an Italian flying boat operated by [...]

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