On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 18, 2015 No Comments

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing. 1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. 1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid [...]

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RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

Dec 18, 2015 No Comments

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on Jan. 1. An official transfer from the air force’s 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on Tuesday. The [...]

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‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

Dec 17, 2015 No Comments

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force moved the Lockheed C-141C Starlifter “Hanoi Taxi” into the museum’s new fourth building on Dec. 16. The aircraft, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war out of North Vietnam in February 1973, will be displayed in the Global Reach Gallery. The 224,000 square foot [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 14, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1916 – Flight Sub Lt. Arthur Ince, a Royal Flying Corps observer, shoots down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium; it becomes the first Canadian aerial victory. Ince is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 1952 – A Royal Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies into [...]

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Tokyo Police Drones Catching Drones

Dec 14, 2015 No Comments

Tokyo police are taking to the skies for drone chases. The Japanese city’s Metropolitan Police Department created drone squads on Thursday to enforce its ban against the flying devices, using a 10-foot by 6.5-foot net to catch them. In a demonstration clip, the police drone zips through the sky and easily nets a small, white [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2015 No Comments

1878 – Birth of George Edward Maurice Kelly, an American aviator who later becomes the first member of the U.S. military killed in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 1914 – The British roundel is adopted for aircraft identification. 1933 – First flight of the Bernard 82, French single-engined, long-range bomber prototype. 1941 – U. [...]

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RAF Gets Final Chinook HC6s

Dec 11, 2015 No Comments

Boeing has delivered the last of 14 new-build CH-47 Chinook HC6 helicopters to the UK’s Royal Air Force, taking the service’s total inventory of the heavy-lift type to 60. Based at RAF Odiham in the south of England, the UK’s Chinook force also includes the HC3 and HC4 variants, with the former in the process of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Andre René Celestin Herbelin, French World War I flying ace. 1932 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew in a Dornier Wal complete the first flight around the world by a seaplane. The flight takes a 111 days. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 shown), a military single-engine trainer and Italy’s first [...]

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