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Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Superfortress Atomic Bombs: Little Boy & Fat Man

Known as Little Boy and Fat Man, the atomic bombs that the Superfortresses dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were game changers Development of nuclear weapons began in early 1943, following years of scientific and engineering research. The Manhattan Project managers identified two methods of firing a nuclear weapon, and given the prospects for ending the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – On a trip in high winds from East St. Louis, Ill., over Lake Michigan, American balloonist John Wise disappears with his balloon “Pathfinder.” Both remain missing. 1894 – Birth of Antonio Amantea, Italian World War I flying ace. 1927 – The first solo flight from England to South Africa is completed when Lt. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Émile Dewoitine, French aviation industrialist. 1917 – Death of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace, from wounds received in action. 1965 – First flight of the Ling-Temco-Vought LTV A-7 Corsair II (E model shown), an American carrier-based light attack aircraft. 1973 – Texas International Airlines Flight 655, […]
This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

September 25, 2015. The first flight of the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus, the newest aerial refueling and strategic airlifter slated to enter service with the US Air Force in late 2018 or early 2019. In 2011, the Pegasus was announced as the winner of the Air Force KC-X competion over a Northrop Grumman/Airbus offering in a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Thomas Proctor, Irish World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying a D.H.9, shoot down five Fokker D.VII on a single mission. 1943 – The Royal Air Force Bomber Command opens the preliminary phase of the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – An Avro 504 on patrol over Belgium is shot down by German rifle fire, becoming the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft destroyed in action. 1932 – Birth of Gerald Paul Carr, American engineer, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – Death of Koji Motomura, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War fighter ace, killed […]

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It’s National Aviation Day!

It’s National Aviation Day!

National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. What will you be doing to celebrate aviation today and this weekend? […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace of World War I; he is credited with 34 aerial victories. 1926 – Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa/3m. 1937 – First flight of the Lockheed XC-35 (shown), an American twin-engine airplane;it is a pressurized development of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra. 1941 – Death of Sydney “Timbertoes” Carlin, British World War I flying ace and air gunner during World […]

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On this Day in Aviation History – April 6

On this Day in Aviation History – April 6

It is amazing to look back and see all the amazing accomplishments made throughout the years in aviation. The feats and personalities involved have changed the world for ever and we all benefit from those that came before.   1890 (Java) — Anthony Herman Gerald Fokker, Dutch pioneer airman and aircraft manufacturer, is born in […]
April 2. On this Day in Aviation History

April 2. On this Day in Aviation History

1987 – A Royal Air Force Vickers VC-10 lands in Perth 16 hours and 1 minute after leaving England, setting a new UK-Australia speed record.   1986 – A bomb explodes onboard TWA Flight 840, a Boeing 727-200 (N54340) flying from Rome to Athens. Four people are ejected from the plane and killed, and nine […]
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