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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Lionel Arthur Ashfield, British World War I flying ace. 1943 – The first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, the Avro 683 Lancaster X, is flown at Malton, Ontario. 1952 – Death of Robert Opie Lindsay, American World War I flying ace and U.S. Army Air Corps officer; he also was a founding member […]
USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

USMC Says F-35B Ready to Fight

When asked on Friday if the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II could fly combat missions to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Marine Corps’ head of aviation said, “We’re ready to do that.” Noting that the decision to deploy the fifth-generation jet into combat would come from higher command, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (shown), pioneer French-born Indian aviator, founder of Air India International and businessman. He was India’s first licensed pilot, achieving the honor in 1929. 1936 – The German air force begins to carry the Nationalist Army from Spanish Morocco to Spain in the world’s first major military airlift […]
Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Truly one of the most iconic events in aviation, even though it’s organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is Airventure. Better known by the name of EAA’s hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., the week-long event always brings together an incredible variety of airplanes large and small from far and wide. Warbirds are a vital part […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1925 – First flight of the Kalinin K-1, a Soviet high-wing, 4-place aircraft. 1943 – Over 100 German aircraft attack an Allied convoy off Cape Bon, Tunisia, but defending British fighters prevent them from inflicting any serious damage. 1955 – Capital Airlines adopts the Vickers Viscount (shown), the first U.S. airline to select a British […]
China Unveils Largest Amphibian

China Unveils Largest Amphibian

Beijing debuted its indigenously made AG600 amphibious aircraft in Zhuhai, the government announced Saturday. The massive aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform maritime rescue missions, the government said in a statement that called the aircraft “a milestone for the country.” It is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the government said, and […]

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Messerschmitt  at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

Messerschmitt at the Beginning: An Icon is Born

At the age of 15, “Willy” Messerschmitt, who would eventually become a near-legend during WW II, started his apprenticeship with a group of “free-flight” enthusiasts in his hometown of Bamberg, in Bavaria. It was 1913; some 10 years after the Wright Brothers had flown, when Messerschmitt joined with the 33-year-old architect Friedrich Harth in experiments […]
The Turncoat’s Raid

The Turncoat’s Raid

Our Bombers Were Led by a Japanese Officer He was called the Benedict Arnold of Mindanao, a turncoat to the Empire of Japan. Yet few turncoats were as honorably and honestly motivated as Minoru Wada, a WW II Japanese prisoner of war, who voluntarily led an American air strike against his own military because of […]

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F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

F-35A Could Be Ready to Fight Soon

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s next-generation F-35 jet could be deployed on combat missions this year if requested by regional commanders, according to the U.S. general responsible for declaring the system war-ready. “The minute I declare initial operational capability, if the combatant commander calls me up and says they needed F-35s, I would send them,” U.S. Air […]
Mission into Darkness

Mission into Darkness

Flying the SB2C Helldiver into probable suicide On June 19, 1944, Task Force-58’s (TF-58) fighter and dive-bomber aircrews celebrated the combined destruction of 380 Japanese airplanes during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. But our exhilaration was almost dashed the very next day when we went hunting for the fleeing Japanese fleet. Those of us flying […]
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