1917 (France) — Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first United States Army officer to fly over German lines. 1946 (USSR) — First flights of the first Soviet designed and built jet aircraft, MiG-9 and Yak-15, are made. A member of the company test team for the Yak-15, Olga Yamschikova, is probably the first […]
Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.
2012: Orbital Vehicle 103, the Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted to NASA 905, a Boeing 747-100 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, arrived at Dulles International Airport. The next day the Discovery was placed on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. 1958: At Edwards Air Force Base, California, […]
Thankfully the pilot was not injured in the incident. By Kyle Mizokami An F-22 Raptor fighter jet was damaged this weekend when it evidently experienced a malfunction during takeoff. The fighter skidded to a stop on the runway, damaging the underside of the aircraft. The pilot was not injured and the incident is under investigation. […]
Decades after it sunk, the battleship Tirpitz is still stunting the environment! By David Grossman The scars of World War II are still visible today. A new study out looks at how Nazis warped Norwegian trees with poisonous gas to mask one of the largest battleships built for the conflict. Launched in 1939, the Tirpitz […]
Igor I. Sikorsky impressively demonstrates the capabilities of his VS-300 helicopter by hovering virtually motionless over Stratford (Connecticut) Airport for one hour, five minutes. Powered by a large, 90-hp engine, it sets a new helicopter record.
The Texas Military Department’s OPEN HOUSE & AMERICAN HEROES Air Show team up to profile careers in public safety and national service. Since first landing at Camp Mabry in 2007, this unique event has been fueled by a mission to educate the Austin community about the critical role of rotary-wing aviation and exciting careers in […]
Today in 1959: NASA introduced the Project Mercury astronauts to the world. Known as the Mercury Seven or the Original Seven, they are (front row, left to right) Walter M. “Wally” Schirra Jr., Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, John H. Glenn Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, (back row) Alan B. Shepard Jr., Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and […]
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a local nonprofit based in Walden, NY which honors Hudson Valley area veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost to them. HVHF is also the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network, which has more […]
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josue L. Escobosa USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) — USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was the first kid on the block to get a new ATARI. No, not the iconic gaming system from the 80s, but a system designed to remotely land aircraft on a carrier. […]