On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets [...]

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‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a [...]

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Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crash landed in an empty area of reclaimed land about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base, officials said Monday afternoon. The Sikorsky MH-60S, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, crashed after sending a distress call at 3:31 p.m. Monday, according to a [...]

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Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

Two people are feared dead after a vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth plane crashed into the sea off south-east Queensland, Australia. It is believed the pilot was taking a French tourist on a joy flight when the biplane came down just after 12:30pm yesterday near the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island. A lifesaver raised [...]

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Lockheed Commemorates 100th F-35

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

A top Lockheed Martin Aeronautics official expressed confidence in the affordability and development of the largest jet fighter program in U.S. history at an early Friday news conference. “It’s been a transformative year for the program,’’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Lorraine Martin told reporters. “It’s been about maturing this program, not only the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines. 1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters. 1951 – [...]

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The Story of Whisky Hotel 799

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

In a little-known and long-forgotten sideshow to the Suez crisis of November 1956, the British government conducted secret aerial reconnaissance missions over Syria. These missions came amid Cold War fears that the British-French-Israeli attack against Egypt would ignite a direct East-West confrontation. The fears were heightened after it emerged that then-Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli had traveled [...]

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Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

Christmas in Alaska came early this week to nearly 300 students attending school in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Kwethluk. Thanks to the volunteer program co-ordinated by the Alaska National Guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the western Alaska community and took pictures with them before helper elves handed out gifts. “Santa and [...]

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