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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Alan Machin Wilkinson, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14 (shown), a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its […]
Army Restructures Aviation Units, Assets

Army Restructures Aviation Units, Assets

The U.S. Army will inactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade this year, officials announced Thursday. The 159th CAB is the first of three aviation brigades expected to be cut as part of a five-year aviation restructuring initiative. The other two have not been announced. The 159th, which recently returned from Afghanistan, is one of two combat […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Frenchman Jules Vedrines, in a Blériot monoplane, takes off from Nacy, France, for Cairo, Egypt. The flight will take one month. 1917 – Death of Edward Patrick Hartigan, Irish World War I flying ace, and his observer, David Sidney Hall, a Scottish World War I flying ace; they are killed in action in […]
Seahawk, Fire Scout Deploy Together

Seahawk, Fire Scout Deploy Together

An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a surface combatant. On Monday, a detachment that included one Sikorsky Seahawk and one Northrop Grumman Fire Scout from the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 deployed aboard the littoral […]

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Aviation Employees, We Have The Website For You!

Aviation Employees, We Have The Website For You!

If you work within the aviation industry, you should get yourself familiar with Aviation Jobsearch. They are a fast growing aviation only job board, who launched in the USA earlier this year. They’ve been connecting aviation companies and jobseekers across Europe for over 15 years now and have successfully established themselves as the market leading job […]
Curtiss Hawk P1 Free Wallpaper

Curtiss Hawk P1 Free Wallpaper

Designed from the successful Curtiss racers of the early 1920s, the Curtiss P-1 was the first Aircraft to carry the “P” fo Pursuit, designation, The classic lines of this taper wing with the powerful Curtiss D-12 aero engine, gave birth to the iconic Hawk line that would be carried on, up through WWII with the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of Aurel Vlaicu, Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot. 1922 – Death of George Edgar Bruce Lawson, South African World War I flying ace; he is killed in a crash while flying as a passenger aboard an Airco DH.9. 1937 – First flight of the Savoia-Marchetti S.83, an Italian three-engine […]
Nigeria May Be First Scorpion Customer

Nigeria May Be First Scorpion Customer

Nigeria is considering acquiring the Textron AirLand Scorpion light strike and surveillance jet as it looks to combat Islamist militants operating within its borders, a senior air force official disclosed on Tuesday. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC Fighter Conference in London, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer said that the Scorpion […]

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In Theater: What They Wore

In Theater: What They Wore

By Robert F. Dorr and Charles E. DiSipio The P-47 Thunderbolt pilot of 1945 wore and carried lots of stuff, and little of it gave meaning to the military term “uniform.” At Metz, France, in January 1945, the group and squadron commanders of the “Hell Hawks” 365th Fighter Group, posed in their gear in front […]
In Theater: In Support of D-Day

In Theater: In Support of D-Day

By Stan Piet P-47D UN-V, named “Pat,” from the famed 56th FG, 63rd FS, prepares for another fighter sweep in support of the invasion.  The second mount of Capt. Gordon S. Stevens, it survived until early September, being lost with Capt. Roy Fling at the controls. Stevens himself was lost in a “Pat” replacement on […]
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