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Sneak Preview: Our first 2021 catalog features an A-4 Skyhawk piloted by Lt. Everett Alvarez on August 5, 1964, just day...
12/30/2020

Sneak Preview: Our first 2021 catalog features an A-4 Skyhawk piloted by Lt. Everett Alvarez on August 5, 1964, just days after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Lt. Alvarez would become the first aviator POW of the Vietnam War and the first American sent to Hoa Lo Prison — the famed "Hanoi Hilton." He spent more than eight years in captivity, making him the second longest-held U.S. POW in American history.

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This day in history:[ October 21, 1947 ] Not long after World War II, Northrop Corporation began production for the Nort...
10/21/2020

This day in history:

[ October 21, 1947 ]

Not long after World War II, Northrop Corporation began production for the Northrop YB-49, a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber. It was designed to serve the U.S. Air Force, and its first flight occurred on October 21, 1947.

This day in history:[ October 6, 1954 ] The Fairey Delta 2 or FD2 was a British supersonic research aircraft created by ...
10/06/2020

This day in history:

[ October 6, 1954 ]

The Fairey Delta 2 or FD2 was a British supersonic research aircraft created by the Fairey Aviation Company, and it took its maiden flight on October 6, 1954.

This day in history:[ October 5, 1991 ] Due to an engine fire, the 1991 Indonesian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules cra...
10/05/2020

This day in history:

[ October 5, 1991 ]

Due to an engine fire, the 1991 Indonesian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashed soon after takeoff on October 5, 1991.

This day in history:[ October 4, 1992 ] El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, crashed into two high-rise apart...
10/04/2020

This day in history:

[ October 4, 1992 ]

El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, crashed into two high-rise apartment complexes in the Bijlmermeer neighborhood of Amsterdam on October 4, 1992. The engine on the right wing detached from the aircraft, causing the accident.

This day in history:[ October 3, 1985 ] The Space Shuttle Atlantis belongs to NASA, and it is the fourth operational and...
10/03/2020

This day in history:

[ October 3, 1985 ]

The Space Shuttle Atlantis belongs to NASA, and it is the fourth operational and the second-to-last Space Shuttle created. Its maiden flight took place from October 3 - 7, 1985.

This day in history:[ October 2, 1970 ] On October 2, 1970, a chartered Martin 4-0-4 airliner crashed into a mountain in...
10/02/2020

This day in history:

[ October 2, 1970 ]

On October 2, 1970, a chartered Martin 4-0-4 airliner crashed into a mountain in Colorado. Operated by Golden Eagle Aviation, the aircraft hauled 37 passengers and a crew of three, and the leading cause of the crash was due to pilot errors, such as poor in-flight decisions and insufficient pre-flight planning. It was one of two aircraft bringing the 1970 Wichita State Shockers football team to Logan, Utah – the second aircraft took a conventional route and made it safely to Utah.

This day in history:[ October 1, 1942 ] The Bell P-59 Airacomet was a fighter aircraft designed for the U.S. Air Force d...
10/01/2020

This day in history:

[ October 1, 1942 ]

The Bell P-59 Airacomet was a fighter aircraft designed for the U.S. Air Force during World War II. It took its first flight on October 1, 1942.

This day in history:[ September 30, 1980 ] On September 30, 1980, Iran's air force launched Operation Scorch Sword, and ...
09/30/2020

This day in history:

[ September 30, 1980 ]

On September 30, 1980, Iran's air force launched Operation Scorch Sword, and they attacked the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad. Suffering severe destruction, Baghdad had been subjected to eight air attacks by October 1.

This day in history:[ September 29, 1954 ] The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo is a supersonic jet fighter that was used by the U...
09/29/2020

This day in history:

[ September 29, 1954 ]

The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo is a supersonic jet fighter that was used by the U.S. Air Force, and it took its maiden flight on September 29, 1954. The Voodoo played a critical role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and saw extensive service during the Vietnam War.

This day in history:[ September 28, 1924 ] On September 28, 1924, three U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle after accompl...
09/28/2020

This day in history:

[ September 28, 1924 ]

On September 28, 1924, three U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle after accomplishing the first round-the-world trip by air in 175 days.

This day in history:[ September 27, 1956 ]Milburn G. Apt was a well-known U.S. Air Force test pilot. He passed away on S...
09/27/2020

This day in history:

[ September 27, 1956 ]

Milburn G. Apt was a well-known U.S. Air Force test pilot. He passed away on September 27, 1956, trying to separate from the Bell X-2 in his escape capsule during the record-setting flight that exceeded Mach 3.

This day in history:[ September 26, 1981 ] The Boeing 767, a wide-body airliner produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes,...
09/26/2020

This day in history:

[ September 26, 1981 ]

The Boeing 767, a wide-body airliner produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, took its maiden flight on September 26, 1981, in Everett, WA.

This day in history:[ September 25, 1978 ] On September 25, 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182, a Boeing 727-21...
09/25/2020

This day in history:

[ September 25, 1978 ]

On September 25, 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182, a Boeing 727-214 commercial airliner, collided with a private Cessna 172 light aircraft. It was Pacific Southwest Airlines' first fatal accident, and the plane plummeted, crashing into North Park - a San Diego neighborhood. The incident resulted in the death of all 135 people onboard.

This day in history:[ September 24, 1949 ] The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was a military trainer aircraft used ...
09/24/2020

This day in history:

[ September 24, 1949 ]

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was a military trainer aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force, and it made its maiden flight on September 24, 1949.

This day in history:[ September 23, 1913 ] On September 23, 1913, Roland Garros, a French pioneering aviator, was the fi...
09/23/2020

This day in history:

[ September 23, 1913 ]

On September 23, 1913, Roland Garros, a French pioneering aviator, was the first pilot to fly across the Mediterranean Sea.

This day in history:[ September 22, 1995 ] On September 22, 1995, a U.S. Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry encountered a flock...
09/22/2020

This day in history:

[ September 22, 1995 ]

On September 22, 1995, a U.S. Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry encountered a flock of geese after departing from Alaska and ingested multiple bird strikes, causing the loss of two engines on the same wing. The aircraft couldn’t maintain altitude, and it eventually crashed and exploded in a wooded area.

This day in history:[ August 14, 2005 ] Helios Airways Flight 522 was a scheduled passenger flight from Larnaca, Cyprus,...
08/14/2020

This day in history:

[ August 14, 2005 ]

Helios Airways Flight 522 was a scheduled passenger flight from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Prague, Czech Republic, that crashed on August 14, 2005. Due to a loss of cabin pressurization, the crew was left incapacitated, and the plane continued flying on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed near Grammatiko, Greece. The incident resulted in the death of all 121 passengers and crew on board.

This day in history:[ August 13, 1911 ] Matilde Moisant was the second woman in the U.S. to earn a pilot's license, whic...
08/13/2020

This day in history:

[ August 13, 1911 ]

Matilde Moisant was the second woman in the U.S. to earn a pilot's license, which she received on August 13, 1911. She made her exhibition debut at the Nassau Boulevard Aviation Meet in September and won the Rodman-Wanamaker altitude trophy by flying a 50 hp Moisant monoplane to an impressive 366 meters.

This day in history:[ August 12, 1960 ]Echo I was designed to explore the new field of communications via space, and NAS...
08/12/2020

This day in history:

[ August 12, 1960 ]

Echo I was designed to explore the new field of communications via space, and NASA launched the communications balloon satellite on August 12, 1960.

This day in history:[ August 11, 1972 ]An upgraded version of the Northrop F-5A, the F-5E Tiger II saw extensive service...
08/11/2020

This day in history:

[ August 11, 1972 ]

An upgraded version of the Northrop F-5A, the F-5E Tiger II saw extensive service with the American allies, and it took its maiden flight on August 11, 1972.

This day in history:[ August 10, 1961 ]During the Vietnam War, aerial spraying of Agent Orange – a color-coded herbicide...
08/10/2020

This day in history:

[ August 10, 1961 ]

During the Vietnam War, aerial spraying of Agent Orange – a color-coded herbicide and chemical defoliant used by U.S. forces to destroy crops and to deplete resources and cover for enemy forces – began on August 10, 1961.

This day in history:[ August 9, 1945 ] On August 9, 1945, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress dropped the nuclear bomb, code nam...
08/09/2020

This day in history:

[ August 9, 1945 ]

On August 9, 1945, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress dropped the nuclear bomb, code named “Fat Man,” over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, which killed an estimated 40,000 people.

This day in history:[ August 8, 1934 ] James Ayling and Leonard Reid took off on the first non-stop flight from Canada t...
08/08/2020

This day in history:

[ August 8, 1934 ]

James Ayling and Leonard Reid took off on the first non-stop flight from Canada to England in their de Havilland DH.84 Dragon, renamed Trail of the Caribou, on August 8, 1934.

This day in history:[ August 7, 1951 ] The McDonnell F3H Demon was a swept-wing jet fighter that served the U.S. Navy. I...
08/07/2020

This day in history:

[ August 7, 1951 ]

The McDonnell F3H Demon was a swept-wing jet fighter that served the U.S. Navy. It took its maiden flight on August 7, 1951, and it provided all-weather fleet defense while it was in service.

This day in history:[ August 6, 1945 ] Towards the end of World War II, the U.S. bomber Enola Gay dropped the first atom...
08/06/2020

This day in history:

[ August 6, 1945 ]

Towards the end of World War II, the U.S. bomber Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb, code-named "Little Boy," on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, resulting in the death of about 80,000 people.

This day in history:[ August 5, 1943  ] During World War II, The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) - a civilian women...
08/05/2020

This day in history:

[ August 5, 1943 ]

During World War II, The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) - a civilian women pilots' organization - was established on August 5, 1943. WASP flew a total of 60 million miles and executed a variety of missions.

This day in history:[ August 4, 1954 ]The English Electric Lightning was a British fighter aircraft that served as an in...
08/04/2020

This day in history:

[ August 4, 1954 ]

The English Electric Lightning was a British fighter aircraft that served as an interceptor from the 1960s to the late 1980s. Capable of Mach 2, it took its maiden flight on August 4, 1954.

This day in history:[ August 3, 1921 ] On August 3, 1921, Lieutenant John A. Macready of the U.S. Army Air Corps piloted...
08/03/2020

This day in history:

[ August 3, 1921 ]

On August 3, 1921, Lieutenant John A. Macready of the U.S. Army Air Corps piloted a Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” and sprayed a patch of ground infested with worms, which became known as crop dusting.

This day in history:[ August 2, 1985 ] On August 2, 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, experie...
08/02/2020

This day in history:

[ August 2, 1985 ]

On August 2, 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, experienced a microburst while trying to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The aircraft hit the ground a mile short of the runway, battered a car near the airport, and then crashed into two water tanks and exploded. 137 lives were lost from this tragic accident.

This day in history:[ August 1, 1943 ] Operation Tidal Wave was a strategic bombing mission during World War II that occ...
08/01/2020

This day in history:

[ August 1, 1943 ]

Operation Tidal Wave was a strategic bombing mission during World War II that occurred on August 1, 1943. The operation was part of the "oil campaign” to keep petroleum-based fuel from the Axis powers. The U.S. Army Air Force deployed its bombers for an air attack on nine oil refineries around Ploiești, Romania.

This day in history:[ July 31, 1944 ] Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - a famous writer and aviator – disappeared on July 31, 1...
07/31/2020

This day in history:

[ July 31, 1944 ]

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - a famous writer and aviator – disappeared on July 31, 1944, when he set out on a reconnaissance mission for the Allied Forces. He took off from Corsica and was never seen again, but theories suggest that he was either shot down or lost control of his plane.

This day in history:[ July 30, 1954 ]The Grumman F-11 Tiger was a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft that was deployed in the 19...
07/30/2020

This day in history:

[ July 30, 1954 ]

The Grumman F-11 Tiger was a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft that was deployed in the 1950s and 1960s. Its maiden flight occurred on July 30, 1954, and the fighter gained prominence when it served the Blue Angels flight team from 1957–1969.

This day in history:[ July 29, 1958 ] The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 was signed by President Dwight Eise...
07/29/2020

This day in history:

[ July 29, 1958 ]

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 29, 1958, and it established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

This day in history:[ July 28, 2003 ]Designed by Adam Aircraft Industries, the Adam A700 AdamJet was a proposed six-seat...
07/28/2020

This day in history:

[ July 28, 2003 ]

Designed by Adam Aircraft Industries, the Adam A700 AdamJet was a proposed six-seat civil utility aircraft. The aircraft’s maiden flight occurred on July 28, 2003.

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