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World War II  – The Pioneer Jets

World War II – The Pioneer Jets

The history of technology is replete with a concept called “multiple independent discovery.” Examples are the incandescent lightbulb by the American inventor Thomas Edison and the British inventor Joseph Swan in 1879, and the computer by Briton Alan Turing and Polish-American Emil Post in 1936. During the 1930s, on opposite sides of the English Channel, […]
WWII Carrier Preservation: Saving the Survivors

WWII Carrier Preservation: Saving the Survivors

Consider the challenge: Keep a 70-year-old steel ship displacing 40,000 to 60,000 tons in good enough condition to last another seven decades—or more. All five of the U.S. aircraft carriers preserved as museums are of World War II vintage. The four Essex class ships saw combat during the Pacific War and beyond: USS York­town (CV-10) […]

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May 28th in Aviation History

May 28th in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft […]
May 26th in Aviation History

May 26th in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational […]

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May 22nd in Aviation History

May 22nd in Aviation History

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North […]
May 21st in Aviation History

May 21st in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Paul Strähle, German World War I fighter ace who ran Luftverkehr Strähle,a pioneering air mail service, and later served during World War II. 1917 – A Royal Naval Air Service Curtiss H-12 Large America flying boat bombs and sinks the German submarine U-36 in the North Sea; U-36 becomes the only German submarine sunk […]

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Carrier Aviation’s Greatest Error: Landing on the wrong deck.

Carrier Aviation’s Greatest Error: Landing on the wrong deck.

Other than a ramp strike, probably the most embarrassing error in carrier aviation is landing on the wrong flight deck. That’s what happened to this VF-111 “Sundowners” pilot who returned to his home, USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), with a billboard’s worth of non-regulation markings applied to his F9F-5 Panther. During the period immediately after the […]
May 19th in Aviation History

May 19th in Aviation History

1908 – The first U.S. military office to pilot a modern aircraft is Thomas Etholen Selfridge; he takes to the air alone in AEA’s newest craft, White Wing, traveling 100 feet on his first attempt and 200 feet on his second. 1918 – Death of Raoul Lufbery, a French-American fighter pilot and flying ace in World War I; he perishes in combat with a German Rumpler reconnaissance […]

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May 18th in Aviation History

May 18th in Aviation History

1916 – Kiffin Yates Rockwell is the first American to claim an air victory when he shoots down a German plane over the Alsace battlefield in France. 1934 – The Douglas DC-2, an American 14-seat, twin-engined airliner, enters service with Transcontinental and Western Air. 1940 – First flight of Saab 17 (shown), Swedish bomber-reconnaissance aircraft. 1971 – Birth of Desiree Tyler Horton, American helicopter pilot and television personality; she is one […]
Armed Forces Day: 13 Facts

Armed Forces Day: 13 Facts

In August, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a single-day celebration to honor all the members of the military, no matter the branch. It was known as Armed Forces Day. In honor of the 66th annual Armed Forces Day, here are 13 facts you may not know about the U.S. military. […]
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