On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 26, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Death of Giuseppe Ghislanzoni, World War I Italian pilot. 1928 – Birth of Anatoly Vasilyevich Filipchenko, Soviet fighter pilot, cosmonaut and twice Hero of the Soviet Union. 1941 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes while landing at Atlanta, Ga., killing eight of 16 aboard; World War I hero and Eastern Air Lines president [...]

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U.S. Army Not Keen on Flying A-10s

Feb 26, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Army has no interest in taking over the Air Force’s fleet of Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard. The service’s top civilian, Army Secretary John McHugh, rejected the idea of accepting hand-me-down A-10 Warthogs from the Air Force. “No chance,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 25, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Will Hubbard, British World War I flying ace who also served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II. 1959 – Frenchman André Turcat, flying the Nord 1500 Griffon II (a French ramjet-powered aircraft), breaks the world speed record over 62 miles at an average of 1,021 mph. 1963 [...]

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N.C. Museum Readies Provider for Flight

Feb 25, 2015 No Comments

The Warriors & Warbirds flying collection in Monroe, N.C., has been going for almost ten years now. They have become well known for their flying displays, including paratrooper drops, from a Curtiss C-46 Commando nicknamed “Tinker Belle.” The beautiful green and grey beast of the type which once flew The Hump in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Gerald Frank Anderson, South African World War I flying ace. 1940 – First flight of the Hawker Typhoon (shown), a British single-seat fighter-bomber. 1943 – The second of three top German night fighter aces to die during the month, Paul Gildner, is killed in a crash after an electrical failure aboard his Messerschmitt Bf [...]

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Jet-Launched Satellite Tests Near

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments

Small satellites could hitch rides to space on an Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter jet by next year, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military. DARPA’s so-called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program is an ambitious project that aims to launch small satellites more [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 23, 2015 No Comments

1916 – Birth of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr., brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force; he becomes best known for being the pilot of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay,” the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in the history of warfare. 1945 – Last Allied ship sunk by the Luftwaffe in World War II is [...]

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Global Hawk Makes Flight Down Under

Feb 23, 2015 No Comments

A Northrop Grumman Corporation RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) landed Feb. 21 at the Avalon Airport in Australia for display at the Australian International Air Show. The system’s ability to conduct high-altitude surveillance missions for greater than 30 hours is ideally suited for the vast Asia-Pacific region. “This is the first time that [...]

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