On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

1937 – First flight of the Dornier Do 24 (K variant shown), a  German three-engine flying boat. 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean on a flight from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, and are never seen again. 1941 – Death of Wilhelm Balthasar, German World War II ace; he is killed in action when his Messerschmitt [...]

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‘Heavy Bombers’ Return to Wisconsin

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison, Wis., the weekend before EAA AirVenture. The 3-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature an airworthy North American B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell;” the [...]

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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

Eleven score and seventeen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating [...]

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The Wilder Wildcat

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve never heard of the Grumman XF4F-8 Wildcat, don’t worry. Hardly anyone has. But it led to one of the most unappreciated fighters in history. In late 1943, with Grumman committed to building F6F Hellcats, the Navy sought another source of Wildcats and Avengers. The answer was General Motors, with large plants lying idle [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

1938 – A Heinkel He-116R, a German four-engined, long-range mail plane, sets a endurance record by covering 6,178 miles unrefueled; the flight took just over 48 hours to complete. 1943 – “Tuskegee Airman” Charles “Buster” Hall downs a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, becoming the first black American to score a victory [...]

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British F-35B Not Ready for Crossing

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

The transatlantic crossing of the F-35B for its international air show debut is on hold, as one of the four Lockheed Martin fighters due to make the trip remains on the ground at Eglin AFB, Florida. The other three F-35Bs have arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, the departure point for their historic Atlantic crossing to the United Kingdom. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments

1884 – Birth of René Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1918 – John Ingles Gilmour, Scottish World War I fighter ace, scores five kills with his Sopwith Camel. 1931 – Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty land at Long Island, N.Y., in the Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing a flight around the world [...]

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Boeing to Build More F/A-18s, EA-18Gs

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments

The F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) announced today a contract award to Boeing for 44 F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft over the next two years. “The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continues to thrive, and it is by far the predominant tactical force for naval aviation – both U.S. Navy and Marine Corps,” said Capt. Frank Morley, PMA-265 [...]

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