Gallery: de Havilland DH84 Dragon

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments

The Bi-winged Birth of European Air Travel Words and photos by Geoff Jones Many British and Commonwealth air routes were established by airlines using de Havilland’s 6-passenger seat, twin-engine biplane, the DH84 Dragon. The Dragon’s first flight (November 1932) pre-dated the better-known DH89 Dragon Rapide (or Dominie in military service) by two years, although both [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Aircrew Sidearms

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments

The last ditch defense By Barrett Tillman Murvaux, France, September 29, 1918. The mortally wounded American ace slid from his SPAD and staggered into the tall grass. As German infantry approached he drew his Colt M1911 pistol and prepared to die fighting. The Arizonan fired at least three rounds in the dusk encounter before he [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments

1840 – A hot air balloon took to the air for the first time in Canada when the “Star of the East,” piloted by American aeronaut Louis Anselm Lauriat, rose into the sky over Saint John, New Brunswick. 1914 – The United Kingdom enters World War I, declaring war on Germany. 1943 – Death of Augustus [...]

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RC-135 Avoids Russian Jet, Flies To Sweden

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments

The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie “Top Gun” are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later. A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile that [...]

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Bad Kitty

Aug 02, 2014 No Comments

VF-19 “Satan’s Kittens” Chew Up the Enemy “I had well over 1,000 hours of time in the air before I entered combat. Most of that was as an instrument instructor flying the SNJ. Instrument flying really teaches you the finer points of flying an airplane. It also makes you focus and for some reason I [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments

1872 – Birth of George Augustine Taylor, Australian artist, journalist, and aviation pioneer; he becomes the first person in Australia to fly in a heavier-than-air craft. 1915 – Lt. Max Immelmann (shown) shoots down his first aircraft, a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, with his Fokker E.I; it is the beginning of his career as an [...]

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10 Reasons Oshkosh 2014 Rocks

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments

With two-thirds of AirVenture 2014 in the books, this year’s Oshkosh cavalcade of aviation goodness is inarguably the best that we’ve seen in many, many years. The economic signs are good. Many companies have reported improving sales, and in some cases those improvements are dramatic. That’s not all, either. This gathering has been host to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.). 1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the [...]

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