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D-Day Fighter Pilot Accounts: Little Friends over the Beach

D-Day Fighter Pilot Accounts: Little Friends over the Beach

They must have been a sight for sore eyes to the soldiers on the beach as wave after wave of fighters, bombers, and paratrooper-stuffed transports, some towing gliders, passed overhead, all of them adorned with black and white painted stripes. The invasion was on, and many of the fighter pilots expecting a Luftwaffe slugfest were […]
June 4th in Aviation History

June 4th in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to […]

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June 2nd in Aviation History

June 2nd in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of René Paul Louis Dousinelle, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – Frank Hawks flies his Northrop Gamma 2A “Sky Chief” from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. 1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history […]
June 1st in Aviation History

June 1st in Aviation History

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altiture record of 6,540 feet. 1914 – Birth of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of Spanish War and World War II. 1948 – First flight of the Cessna 170 (shown), an American light single-engine aircraft. 1960 – Trans-Canada Air Lines begins transatlantic service with flights between Montreal and London. 1989 – Death of […]

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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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