On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 03, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Arthur Thomas Drinkwater, Australian World War I flying ace. 1928 – First flight of the Boeing F3B (shown), an American biplane fighter and fighter-bomber. 1943 – Death of Reinhold Knacke, German World War II night fighter ace; while shooting down a British Halifax bomber, Knacke is shot down and killed by one of the Halifax’s gunners. [...]

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Black Eagles Slated for Singapore Airshow

Feb 03, 2014 No Comments

South Korea’s military aerobatic team will attend Asia’s largest air show in Singapore next week with a squadron of eight T-50B trainer jets, the Air Force said Monday. The Black Eagles aerobatic team departed Jeju International Airport on the southern resort island on Saturday to participate in the Singapore Airshow, slated for Feb. 11-16 at [...]

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NATO Partners Fly Iceland Exercises

Feb 03, 2014 No Comments

Fighter jets from NATO and partner countries began to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities over Iceland on Monday in the first event of its kind to be held on the island. The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Jacob Earl “Jake” Fickel, U.S. major general and flying instructor; he also is credited with firing the first recorded gunshot ever from an airplane. 1951 – Pan Am World Airways Capt. Charles Blair flies a North American P-51 Mustang (christened “Excalibur III”) non-stop from New York to London to test the jet stream, [...]

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Pilot Helps Capture Southern Snowstorm

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments

If it weren’t for Birmingham, Ala.-based helicopter pilot Brian K. Coshatt, you never would have seen Birmingham’s snowpocalypse the way you did. You can thank Coshatt for giving you perspective. Over the past three days, Coshatt piloted the helicopter that AL.com and some local television stations used to get journalists up in the air, above all the [...]

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‘Dambusters’ Complete Last Mission

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments

It was born in battle, created to carry out one of the most daring raids of World War II. Now, more than 70 years later, the Royal Air Force squadron known as “The Dambusters” have flown its final mission. Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, Wing Commander David Arthurton will now bring the Dambusters back home to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

1885 – Birth of John Henry Towers, U.S. Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator. 1931 – First flight of the Tupolev ANT-8, a Soviet experimental flying boat. 1942 – Qantas Short Empire G-AEUH is shot down by seven Japanese fighters and crashes near East Timor; 13 of 18 on board die. 1991 – Royal Navy Westland Lynx helicopters, Royal Air Force SEPECAT [...]

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Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

Three pilots have escaped unharmed after their jet planes collided in midair off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. Two Kawasaki T-4 trainers belonging to the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team of the Japanese air force made contact as they practiced flying in formation, with one plane damaging part of its nose and the [...]

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