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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of John C. “Pappy” Herbst, American World War II ace; he became the second highest-scoring fighter pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogyro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2. 1959 – A U.S. Navy Martin P5M-2 Marlin, patrolling out of NAS Whidbey Island, […]
W.V. Unit to Fly Last ANG C-5 Mission

W.V. Unit to Fly Last ANG C-5 Mission

The 167th Airlift Wing, based in Martinsburg, W.V., on Thursday will fly the last Lockheed C-5 Galaxy mission crewed by the Air National Guard and welcome its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The C-5, largest airplane in the U.S. Air Force, has been seen flying training missions in the four-state region for several years. The more […]

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Classics: Curtiss B-2

Classics: Curtiss B-2

Before the Gooney Bird, there was the Condor By Joe Gertler The T-32 design originally focused on The Condor as a twin-engine biplane, bomber, ambulance and troop transport. It was first flown in 1933. Curtiss Company blueprints and reports showed the Condor with its many machine gun ports in the nose, and on the top […]
Gallery: Laird LCW-300

Gallery: Laird LCW-300

By Budd Davisson One of the more exciting periods of aviation development was also the darkest period in America’s financial history. A completely contradictory statement to be sure, but one has only to look at the decade beginning in 1929 to see that the roots of American aviation were, for some unknown reason, wildly nurtured […]

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Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

Iconic Firepower: SAM SA-2: The Aviator’s Real Enemy

By Barrett Tillman In May 1960, a CIA-operated Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was destroyed in flight over central Russia. From more than 60,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers parachuted into captivity for two years, giving Moscow a huge propaganda victory over President Dwight Eisenhower, who pledged to stop all overflights. The surface to air missile had […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Hans Joachim Wolff, German World War I flying ace. 1918 – Lt. David Ingalls claims his fifth victory, becoming the only U.S. Navy ace of World War I. 1942 – First flight of the Canadian-built de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito (shown), a British multi-role combat aircraft. 1966 – Marina Solovyeva sets a new women’s airspeed record of 1,270 […]

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WWI Airplanes Not Forgotten by Ohio Men

WWI Airplanes Not Forgotten by Ohio Men

In both his military and civilian careers, Glen Fike of Beavercreek, Ohio, has spent much time working with aircraft. “I retired as a colonel at Wright-Patterson AFB, having worked on the F-16 and F-22 programs,” he said. After retiring, Fike stayed in the Dayton area. “I work for BAE Systems now. We do F-16 cockpit upgrades. I […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Jorge Chávez Dartnell, also known as Géo Chávez,  a Franco-Peruvian aviator, takes off from Switzerland and flies through Simplon Pass, making him the first pilot to fly over the Alps. He crashed during landing at Domodossola, Italy, and dies four days later from his injuries. 1916 – Death of Kiffin Yates Rockwell, American […]

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F-22 Completes First Combat Ops Against IS

F-22 Completes First Combat Ops Against IS

The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet. An Air Force official confirmed that the Lockheed Martin Raptor was used over Syria Monday during nighttime operations against the Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups as part of a joint force of US and Arabian […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – The first British air attack on Germany takes place when four Sopwith Tabloid three-seaters of No.1 Squadron RNAS strike the Zeppelin sheds at Dusseldorf and Cologne. 1939 – Birth of Antonio Gallus, Italian Air force pilot and member of aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori. 1950 – First crossing of the Atlantic in a jet […]
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