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The Junior Birdmen of America

The Junior Birdmen of America

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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

Red Baron Stearman Returns to the Air

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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

USAF to Inactivate Two C-17 Squadrons

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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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Russians Get Updated Bombers

Russians Get Updated Bombers

Russia’s air force on Friday received the first examples of a number of modernized strategic bombers – a Tu-160M and Tu-95MSs – following upgrade work performed by manufacturer Tupolev. Enhancement activity on the supersonic Tu-160 includes “partial replacement” of the aircraft’s avionics and weapons systems, says Tupolev. First flight of the initial example took place on Nov. 16. A […]
UK Taking Bids on Avro Shackleton

UK Taking Bids on Avro Shackleton

Aviation enthusiasts have launched a campaign to save a Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft threatened with destruction. The Avro Shackleton MR2C has stood guard at the entrance to RAF St. Mawgan near Newquay, England, for more than 25 years. The Ministry of Defense has invited bids for the WL795 aircraft, which is not airworthy. The Save our Shackleton group said […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Maurice Lea Cooper, Irish World War I flying ace. 1934 – Boeing Airplane Co. subsidiary Stearman Aircraft, located in Wichita, Kan., delivers its first Stearman Kaydet to the military. It will become the most common preliminary trainer in service, and 10,346 Kaydets will be built during World War II. 1947 – First flight of the Chase YC-122 […]
Army RC-12 Being Prepped for Display

Army RC-12 Being Prepped for Display

A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter delivered a 14,000-pound signal intelligence aircraft from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport to the Tobyhanna Army Depot on Wednesday. The RC-12 Guardrail is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft based on the Beechcraft Super King Air. It is used for special missions for the Army, according to a news release. Originally stationed in Korea, where […]
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