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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Rex Buren Beisel (shown), American aeronautical engineer who lated led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, the Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines. 1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance […]
Beechraft T-6Cs May Train British Pilots

Beechraft T-6Cs May Train British Pilots

The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations. Ascent, the Lockheed Martin-Babcock partnership responsible for the UK military flying training systems (UKMFTS) program, has selected the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Heinrich Kostrba, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he later becomes the first Austro-Hungarian pilot to score three victories in a single day. He also later founds and leads the Czechoslovakian Flying Corps after the war. 1909 – The first time an airplane is seen to fly in reverse takes place […]
Embraer Rolls Out KC-390 Prototype

Embraer Rolls Out KC-390 Prototype

Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport in Brazil on Tuesday. The twin-engined jet is a joint project of the Brazilian Air Force with Embraer to develop and produce a tactical military transport and aerial refueling airplane. “This significant milestone of the KC-390 Program demonstrates Embraer´s ability to manage such a complex […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII-ter, flies 4.3 miles. 1929 – The Do-X, a German long-range flying boat, breaks the world record for the number of people carried on a single flight; it lifts 150 passengers, a crew of 10 and 9 stowaways. 1944 – First deliberate kamikaze attack takes place when a […]
Pilots Safe After F-16s Collide

Pilots Safe After F-16s Collide

It was a beautiful, sunny autumn afternoon, and the 75-year-old woman was visiting the park in Moline with her twin 4-year-old great-grandsons. It was about 2:20 p.m. Monday. They watched as the jet left puffs of vapor or smoke, one after another. From her perspective, the jet started zigzagging and seemed to be in trouble. […]

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56th FG Jugs: Paint Them Anything But Boring

56th FG Jugs: Paint Them Anything But Boring

By Stan Piet As the long-lived Thunderbolt group in the ETO, the 56th FG certainly sported some of the most varied camouflage plus squadron and individual markings in England. Upon arrival at Kings Cliffe in January 1943, its first combat-ready P-47C models bore a factory-standard olive drab over neutral gray livery. As the Thunderbolt was […]
Post D-Day Fighter Conference

Post D-Day Fighter Conference

Where Do We Go From Here? By Budd Davisson What we have here is an executive retreat held in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire,  home of the 361st FG, August 1944. It is a get-together of all fighter group COs in the 8th Air Force and represents a who’s who of Post D-Day fighter aviation. Front to back: […]

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Eyewitness to History: A Childhood Interrupted

Eyewitness to History: A Childhood Interrupted

By W. Joan Hawgood Hall, Former ACW.2 On September 1, 1939, my brother, Berkley, and I were being evacuated from London. Almost everything we owned was in our backpacks that Daddy had made for us, our gas masks in their boxes around our neck, our names on our coats. Mum and Dad came down to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Herwig Knüppel, German flying ace of the Spanish War and World War II. 1923 – First flight of the Boeing NB (or Model 21), American primary training aircraft; the equal-span biplane is capable of either wheeled or float undercarriages. 1969 – Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming […]
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