On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2015 No Comments

1909 – Orville Wright makes an evaluation test flight from Fort Myer, Fla., to Alexandria, Va., with Benjamin Delahauf Foulois, breaking previous speed, altitude and cross-country duration records. Wright flys at 42.5 mph, 400 feet, and for 10 miles. The U.S. Army later purchases this Wright Model A Military Flyer and names it “Signal Corps [...]

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NMUSAF Debuts Historic Display App

Jul 29, 2015 No Comments

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force often ask if it’s possible to get inside the aircraft on display. With the help of technology, online visitors have the chance to see the interiors of many historical icons. Among the most recent additions to the free ACI Cockpit360º app, available from the museum and AeroCapture [...]

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Gallery: Hurricane Hawker

Jul 29, 2015 No Comments

The Overlooked Warrior by Barrett Tillman Nearly 20 years after WW I, the RAF still flew biplane fighters. Consequently, the Hawker Hurricane made its mark as Britain’s first monoplane fighter, heralding a new era in military aviation. Designed by Sir Sydney Camm and first flown in late 1935, the Hurricane featured a thick airfoil that [...]

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CNN Rides EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

Jul 29, 2015 No Comments

They call this airplane a time machine. At nearly 90 years old, Ford Tri-Motors are museum pieces. They’re the world’s first all-metal, multi-engine commercial airliners. Really, it’s hard to believe they still let these things fly. They’re too historic.  But the so-called Tin Goose was flying at last week’s aviation festival at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, so, [...]

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In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Rosina Ferrario, the first Italian woman to obtain a pilot license. 1914 – The first torpedo drop by a British aircraft is carried out by Arthur Murray Longmore from a Short Admiralty Type 81 (Short Folder), a British two-seat floatplane. 1938 – Harold Lee Neely, flying a Sversky P-35, achieves a [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Guns of the Battle

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments

Ordnance Philosophies Differed By Barrett Tillman How do you kill an airplane? Essentially there are only three methods: Destroy the airframe, such as severing a wing spar. Destroy the powerplant or systems, rendering the aircraft unable to maneuver or maintain altitude. Kill or incapacitate the crew. The aircraft weapons of the Battle of Britain were [...]

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Aerial Banner Company Turns 70

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments

Like saltwater taffy and “Watch the tramcar please,” a single-engine Piper Cub airplane pulling an advertising banner above the shoreline is a Jersey Shore tradition. Some of the planes have been flying from Cape May Point north, sometimes as far as Sandy Hook, since 1945. Paramount Air Service — the nation’s oldest and largest aerial advertising firm — is [...]

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