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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 […]
How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

How the USAF Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

Today’s pilots are expensively trained and politically expensive to lose. A pilot lost over Serbia or Syria has major diplomatic repercussions, which is why drones are becoming the aircraft of choice. The Air Force does like its high-priced jets, and cost is a lingering issue for hundred-million-dollar aircraft like the F-35. But while a propeller-driven […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Big Success! — Launches Starman in a Tesla

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Big Success! — Launches Starman in a Tesla

On February 6, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, thundered to life and cleared the launch gantry powered by 27 engines and nearly 5 million pounds of thrust. Kicking off a spectacular maiden flight for the Falcon Heavy, it sent founder Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster on a journey that will reach […]
December 27, On this Day in Aviation History

December 27, On this Day in Aviation History

1992 – U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons shoot down an Iraqi Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 over the country’s southern no-fly zone. 1968 – Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to enter the Moon’s orbit, splashes down into the Pacific carrying its crew of three: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar […]

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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 […]
Set that Dial — “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel

Set that Dial — “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel

Looking for great aviation history and information? Please keep these episodes of “Survival in the Skies” series on Smithsonian Channel in mind  – this fascinating series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies–from parachutes and ejection seats, to jet engines–and how they evolved from humble beginnings to […]

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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 […]

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Aviation Photography – The Words Are the Easy Part

Aviation Photography – The Words Are the Easy Part

Barrett Tillman, historian, author and Flight Journal regular is fond of saying, “God forgives man that time spent looking at airplane photos.” Outside of actually flying, nothing gives aviation types as much pleasure as looking at high-quality (or interesting) photos of flying machines. It almost makes no difference what kind of airplane. We’ll look at […]
Baby Boom

Baby Boom

Powered by three 3,5000-pound-thrust, non-afterburning GE eninges, this supersonic aircraft is a 1/3-scale prototype of a commercial vehicle Boom Technologies hopes to see in operation in 2023. The 17-foot-span XB-1 is designed to operate at Mach 2.2! Click here for the full story from Aviation Week.
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