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Today In History:  12 December  [1937]Japanese aircraft sink the US gunboat PanayDespite not being at war with the USA, ...
11/12/2023

Today In History: 12 December [1937]

Japanese aircraft sink the US gunboat Panay

Despite not being at war with the USA, Japanese aircraft bomb and sink the US gunboat Panay on the Yangtze River in China. The Panay was flat-bottomed craft built in Shanghai specifically for river duty, and was responsible for patrolling the Yangtze River to protect American lives and property in China.

The Japanese claimed that they did not see the U.S. flags painted on the deck of the gunboat. After the Japanese Government officially apologized and paid US $2.2M in reparations most of the U.S. anger over the incident dissapated, and newspapers called the matter closed.

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HAFU Wallpaper : 70013 - Oliver Cromwell70013 - Oliver Cromwell70013, known as Oliver Cromwell is a British Railways Sta...
11/12/2023

HAFU Wallpaper : 70013 - Oliver Cromwell

70013 - Oliver Cromwell

70013, known as Oliver Cromwell is a British Railways Standard Class 7 (Britannia class) preserved steam locomotive. This loco is notable as one of the four steam locomotives which worked the last steam railtour on British Railways in 1968. Originally built in 1951, the engine is one of 55 Britannia Class locomotives produced.

After some years as a museum exhibit, in 2004, it was announced that Oliver Cromwell would be restored to main-line standard in preparation for the 40th anniversary of the end of steam, with significant financial assistance from the readers of Steam Railway magazine. The restoration was completed in 2008, and the locomotive was seen regularly until 2018 when its boiler certificate expired and it was withdrawn from service for an overhaul.

The locomotive is seen here in 2013 as part of a weekend of steam events on the North Norfolk Railway.

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Today In History:  11 December  [1917]Katherine Stinson flies 606 miles setting a new American distance record.Katherine...
10/12/2023

Today In History: 11 December [1917]

Katherine Stinson flies 606 miles setting a new American distance record.

Katherine Stinson flies 606 miles from San Diego to San Francisco, setting a new American non—stop distance record.

In 1912 Stinson had become the fourth woman in the United States to earn the FAI pilot certificate. She set flying records for aerobatic maneuvers, distance, and endurance, and she was the first female pilot employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Likewise she was also one of the first pilots to ever fly at night and the first female pilot to fly in Canada and Japan.

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Today In History:  09 December  [1910]Georges Legagneux flies higher than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters)The French aviator G...
08/12/2023

Today In History: 09 December [1910]

Georges Legagneux flies higher than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters)

The French aviator Georges Legagneux becomes the first person to fly an aeroplane higher than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), reaching an altitude of 10,499 feet (3,200 meters) in a Blériot monoplane over the Pau airfield near Paris.

The previous record of 8,471 feet had been set by Ralph Johnstone on 27 October 1910.

Legagneux later reclaimed the world altitude record in December 1913, when he reached 20,079 feet (6,120 metres) in a Nieuport aircraft.

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Today In History:  08 December  [1964]A United Air Lines aircraft makes the first automatic touchdown in the USAA United...
07/12/2023

Today In History: 08 December [1964]

A United Air Lines aircraft makes the first automatic touchdown in the USA

A United Air Lines Aerospatiale Caravelle aircraft makes the first landing in the United States completely controlled by a computer (automatic touchdown), at Dulles International Airport.

By early 1952 UA had a fleet of twenty Avon-engined Caravelle VI-R aircraft which cruised at 500-530 m.p.h. and carrying 64 passengers in a standardized first-class layout, their baggage and 2,765 lb. of cargo.

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Today In History:  07 December  [1948]Cierva W.11 Air Horse makes its first flightThe Cierva W.11 Air Horse was a helico...
06/12/2023

Today In History: 07 December [1948]

Cierva W.11 Air Horse makes its first flight

The Cierva W.11 Air Horse was a helicopter developed by the Cierva Autogiro Company in the United Kingdom during the mid-1940s. The largest helicopter in the world at the time of its debut, the Air Horse was unusual for using three rotors mounted on outriggers, and driven by a single engine mounted inside the fuselage.

Only two aircraft were built, further development by Cierva was stopped after the crash of the first one and little work was done under Saunders Roe before the project was ended and the second aircraft was scrapped in 1951.

(Oh yeah, and in 1941 the Japanese attacked Peearl Harbor - but you probably already remembered that!)

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Today In History:  06 December  [1944]The Japanese mount a paratroop attack on U.S. airfields on Leyte (Pacific Theatre)...
05/12/2023

Today In History: 06 December [1944]

The Japanese mount a paratroop attack on U.S. airfields on Leyte (Pacific Theatre)

During the evening, the Japanese mount an airborne attack on U.S. airfields on Leyte, employing 39 or 40 aircraft to drop 15 to 20 paratroopers each.

The aircraft targeting Tacloban airfield are shot down or driven off by U.S. anti-aircraft fire, while the troops targeting Dulag Airfield are killed in crash landings, but troops dropped from 35 aircraft at Burauen airfield resist for two days and three nights until killed by U.S. Army Air Forces ground personnel.

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04/12/2023

Today In History: 05 December [1943]

The only major Japanese air operation involving aircraft of both the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy takes place, as an Army force of 27 Mitsubishi Ki-21 Allied reporting name "Sally") bombers es**rted by 101 Army Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa ("Peregrine Falcon"; Allied reporting name "Oscar") fighters followed by nine Navy Mitsubishi G4M1 (Allied reporting name "Betty") bombers es**rted by 27 Navy Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero (Allied reporting name "Hamp" or "Zeke 32") fighters bomb Calcutta, India. Defending Royal Air Force Spitfire Vc and Hurricane Mark IIC fighters shoot down one Ki-21 and damage another, while Japanese aircraft shoot down three Hurricanes, killing two Hurricane pilots.

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03/12/2023

Today In History: 04 December [1938]

A. Tondi, G. Pontonutti, D. Risaliti and M. Razzano, Italy, set four world speed records for 2,000—kms, without payload and with 500, 1,000, and 2,000 kgs, of 291.305 mph. (Savoia S—79, 3 Piaggio P—XI RC—40 engines.)

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Today In History:  03 December  [1944]U.S. Navy Catalina picks up 56 survivors of the destroyer USS CooperA single U.S. ...
02/12/2023

Today In History: 03 December [1944]

U.S. Navy Catalina picks up 56 survivors of the destroyer USS Cooper

A single U.S. Navy PBY Catalina picks up 56 survivors of the destroyer USS Cooper (DD-695) which was sunk in the Japanese-held in Ormoc Bay (in the Leyte Gulf), and another PBY rescues an additional 48 survivors. Both loads break all previous records. 191 members of the Cooper's crew were lost when the ship was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Take.

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Today In History:  02 December  [1976]The Boeing 747 SCA makes its first flight.The Boeing 747-123 SCA, an ex—American A...
01/12/2023

Today In History: 02 December [1976]

The Boeing 747 SCA makes its first flight.

The Boeing 747-123 SCA, an ex—American Airlines airliner, which has been adapted to carry the United States Space Shuttle, makes its first flight. The aircraft was extensively modified for NASA by Boeing in 1976 -- the first-class seats were kept for NASA passengers, but its main cabin and insulation were stripped, and the fuselage was strengthened. Mounting struts were added on top of the 747, located to match the fittings on the Shuttle that attach it to the external fuel tank for launch.

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Today In History:  01 December  [1928]Construction of airship hangar at Akron, Ohio, begins.The Goodyear—Zeppelin Corpor...
30/11/2023

Today In History: 01 December [1928]

Construction of airship hangar at Akron, Ohio, begins.

The Goodyear—Zeppelin Corporation begins construction of airship hangar at Akron, Ohio. The hangar is 1,175 feet long, 325 feet wide and 200 feet high. At its completion in 1929, it was the largest building in the world without interior supports. The first two airships to be constructed and launched at the airdock were USS Akron, in 1931, and its sister ship, USS Macon.

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Today In History:  30 November  [1944]Biggest and last British battleship launchedThe Royal Navy's biggest and last Brit...
29/11/2023

Today In History: 30 November [1944]

Biggest and last British battleship launched

The Royal Navy's biggest and last British battleship, HMS Vanguard, is launched. Vanguard was a fast battleship built during the Second World War and commissioned after the war ended. She was the largest and fastest of the Royal Navy's battleships, the only ship of her class, and the last battleship to be built. She was eventually decommissioned in June 1960 and subsequently scrapped.

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Today In History:  29 November  [1945]A U.S. Army Sikorsky helicopter makes the first air-sea rescue.The Sikorsky H-5, o...
28/11/2023

Today In History: 29 November [1945]

A U.S. Army Sikorsky helicopter makes the first air-sea rescue.

The Sikorsky H-5, originally designated the R-5 (H for Helicopter; R for Rotorcraft), was designed to provide a helicopter having greater useful load, endurance, speed, and service ceiling than the R-4. Today in 1945 the type illustrated its usefulness when flying off the coast of Long Island, New York, a U.S. Army Sikorsky R-5 helicopter made the first air-sea rescue.

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Today In History:  28 November  [1929]Richard Byrd makes the first South Pole flightAdmiral Richard E Byrd makes 1st Sou...
27/11/2023

Today In History: 28 November [1929]

Richard Byrd makes the first South Pole flight

Admiral Richard E Byrd makes 1st South Pole flight. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot/radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the 'Floyd Bennett' (a Ford Trimotor airplane) to the South Pole and back in 18 hours, 41 minutes. They had difficulty gaining enough altitude to fly over the the Polar Plateau, so they had to dump empty fuel tanks, as well as their emergency supplies in order to reach the necessary height.

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Today In History:  27 November  [1962]First Boeing 727 is completedThe first Boeing 727-100 rolls off the production lin...
26/11/2023

Today In History: 27 November [1962]

First Boeing 727 is completed

The first Boeing 727-100 rolls off the production line. It is test flown for the first time on 9th February 1963. Production ended in September 1984 with 1,832 having been built, and the type's last commercial passenger flight was in January 2019.

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HAFU Wallpaper : North American P-51D  'Dove of Peace'North American P-51D  'Dove of Peace'This aircraft (44-13016) was ...
26/11/2023

HAFU Wallpaper : North American P-51D 'Dove of Peace'

North American P-51D 'Dove of Peace'

This aircraft (44-13016) was initially assigned to the RAAF in 1947 and remained on charge until 1966. The P51 remained in Australia until 1987 when it was shipped to the USA for restoration which was completed in 1992. The following 12 years saw the aircraft change ownership a number of times, and then in 2004 it was brought to New Zealand for a number of years, but has subsequently returned to Australia.

The aircraft wears the WW2 colours of “Dove of Peace”, the P51 (44-73060) flown by Colonel Glenn Duncan, commander of the 353rd Fighter Group in Europe. Duncan ended the war with 19.5 victories.

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Today In History:  26 November  [1943]British troopship sunk by glide bombA Henschel Hs 293 glide bomb launched by a Luf...
25/11/2023

Today In History: 26 November [1943]

British troopship sunk by glide bomb

A Henschel Hs 293 glide bomb launched by a Luftwaffe Heinkel He 177 sinks the British troopship HMT Rohna in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 1,138 lives. Among the dead are 1,015 U.S. military personnel, and 35 American survivors later die of their wounds; it is the largest loss of life experienced by the U.S. armed forces in a single incident at sea.

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24/11/2023

Today In History: 25 November [1956]

USAF Sergeant makes the first parachute jump in Antarctica

U.S. Air Force Sergeant Richard Patton of the 1710th Aerial Port Squadron makes the first successful parachute jump in Antarctica. He jumps from 1,500 feet as a test to determine the cause of parachute malfunction in sub-zero weather conditions.

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Today In History:  24 November  [1942]Italian aviation pioneers Guido Masiero and Francesco Agello are killed during a c...
23/11/2023

Today In History: 24 November [1942]

Italian aviation pioneers Guido Masiero and Francesco Agello are killed during a collision

Italian World War I ace and aviation pioneer Guido Masiero and Italian test pilot Francesco Agello are killed when the Macchi C.202 fighters they are testing collide in mid-air in heavy fog over Milan, Italy.

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Today In History:  23 November  [1916]Lanoe Hawker is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen.Royal Flying Corps ace Lanoe H...
22/11/2023

Today In History: 23 November [1916]

Lanoe Hawker is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen.

Royal Flying Corps ace Lanoe Hawker VC, flying an Airco DH.2 (Serial No. 5964) is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen who was flying the more powerful more heavily armed Albatros D.II. Hawker became von Richthofen's 11th victory, and the loss was keenly felt by the British public.

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We're really looking forward to seeing Corsair NZ5648 at Wings Over Wairarapa this weekend, in her new colour scheme. Th...
22/11/2023

We're really looking forward to seeing Corsair NZ5648 at Wings Over Wairarapa this weekend, in her new colour scheme. The updated scheme is not too different from that shown below when the aircraft was operated in the UK by the Old Flying Machine company, but also tips a hat to other Kiwi Corsairs. More photos will come in the next few days, in the meantime check out the video,...

This Goodyear-built FG-1D (NZ5648) is one of the few remaining Corsairs of the 424 that were delivered to the RNZAF from early 1944.

Today In History:  22 November  [1941]New Zealand forces attack Bir Ghirba but failDuring Operation Crusader (North Afri...
21/11/2023

Today In History: 22 November [1941]

New Zealand forces attack Bir Ghirba but fail

During Operation Crusader (North African campaign), the 5th New Zealand Brigade advance north-east to capture Fort Capuzzo on the main Sollum–Bardia road (the headquarters of the Italia Savona Division) but are repulsed. Overnight the The 6th New Zealand Brigade arrived at Bir el Chleta, some 15 miles (24 km) east of Sidi Rezegh, and at first light on 23 Novembe it stumbled on the Afrika Korps headquarters and captured most of its staff.

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Looking forward to seeing the Anson display at Wings Over Wairarapa this coming weekend....
21/11/2023

Looking forward to seeing the Anson display at Wings Over Wairarapa this coming weekend....

The Avro Anson is a British twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that played a significant role in the early years of World War II

Today In History:  21 November  [1989]Smoking on domestic US flights prohibitedA law banning smoking on most domestic US...
20/11/2023

Today In History: 21 November [1989]

Smoking on domestic US flights prohibited

A law banning smoking on most domestic US flights shorter than six hours is signed by President George Bush. The ban affected around 16,000 domestic flights leaving just 28 flights where it would be permitted to light up. The law would come into effect on 25th February 1990.

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Those of you who are coming to the Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival this coming weekend might be lucky enough to see th...
20/11/2023

Those of you who are coming to the Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival this coming weekend might be lucky enough to see the WW1 Fokker Eindecker make its airshow debut -- here's a teaser of the aircraft taking off a few days ago.... there will be more video coming in a week or two so make sure you subscribe to the Historical Machines Freeview channel to get notifications when we release some stunning footage of this remarkable aircraft.

Watch as a World War One rotary-engined Fokker Eindecker monoplane fighter takes to the skies just as its brethren did over 108 years ago. More video of thi...

HAFU Wallpaper : Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXSupermarine Spitfire Mk.IXAlthough R. J. Mitchell is justifiably known as the...
20/11/2023

HAFU Wallpaper : Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

Although R. J. Mitchell is justifiably known as the engineer who designed the Spitfire, his premature death in 1937 meant that all development after that date was undertaken by a team led by his chief draughtsman, Joe Smith, who became Supermarine's chief designer on Mitchell's death.

In 1934, Mitchell and the design staff decided to use a semi-elliptical wing shape to solve two conflicting requirements; the wing needed to be thin to avoid creating too much drag, but it had to be thick enough to house the retractable undercarriage, armament, and ammunition. An elliptical planform is the most efficient aerodynamic shape for an untwisted wing, leading to the lowest amount of induced drag. The ellipse was skewed so that the centre of pressure, which occurs at the quarter-chord position, aligned with the main spar, preventing the wings from twisting.

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We're looking forward to seeing the P-40 at Hood Aerodrome (Masterton) this coming weekend for Wings Over Wairarapa.Who'...
20/11/2023

We're looking forward to seeing the P-40 at Hood Aerodrome (Masterton) this coming weekend for Wings Over Wairarapa.

Who's going to be there?

This P-40N-1 is painted in an authentic Royal Australian Air Force colour scheme. The aircraft is one of 848 P-40s that were operated by the RAAF during WW2.

Today In History:  20 November  [1963]First two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms received by the USAFThe United States Air...
19/11/2023

Today In History: 20 November [1963]

First two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms received by the USAF

The United States Air Force accepts its first two McDonnell Douglas F-4C "Phantom II" jet fighters. Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981 with a total of 5,195 aircraft built, making it the most produced American supersonic military aircraft in history.

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Today In History:  19 November  [1952]North American F-86D Sabre establishes world speed recordFlown by Captain J. Slade...
18/11/2023

Today In History: 19 November [1952]

North American F-86D Sabre establishes world speed record

Flown by Captain J. Slade Nash, a North American F-86D (51-2945) establishes a world speed record of 698.505 miles per hour. Nash flew over a 1.8 mile (3km) course at the Salton Sea in southern California at a height of only 125 ft (38 m).

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Today In History:  18 November  [1930]First flight of the Boeing XP-9 monoplaneThe Boeing XP-9 monoplane fighter makes i...
17/11/2023

Today In History: 18 November [1930]

First flight of the Boeing XP-9 monoplane

The Boeing XP-9 monoplane fighter makes its first flight in Dayton, Ohio. While incorporated sophisticated structural refinements that were influential in later Boeing designs, the sole prototype exhibited unsatisfactory characteristics, which with its lack of pilot visibility, directly leading to its cancellation.

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16/11/2023

Today In History: 17 November [1944]

USS Spadefish torpedoes and sinks the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinyo

The U.S. submarine USS Spadefish (SS-411) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese es**rt aircraft carrier Shinyo with the loss of 1,130 lives. The submarine fired six torpedoes at the carrier, and the unarmored fuel tanks exploded and started a huge fire that destroyed the ship and killed most of her crew. There were only 70 survivors.

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Today In History:  16 November  [1919]First flight across AustraliaCaptain Henry Wrigley and Lieutenant Arthur Murphy ma...
15/11/2023

Today In History: 16 November [1919]

First flight across Australia

Captain Henry Wrigley and Lieutenant Arthur Murphy make the first aerial crossing of Australia, flying a WW1-era Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e from Melbourne to Darwin, taking 46 hours.

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Today In History:  15 November  [1988]The unmanned Soviet Space Shuttle Buran makes its only flightIn the Soviet Union, ...
14/11/2023

Today In History: 15 November [1988]

The unmanned Soviet Space Shuttle Buran makes its only flight

In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Space Shuttle 'Buran' (meaning "Snowstorm") makes its only space flight. Buran completed the one uncrewed spaceflight, and was destroyed in the 2002 collapse of its storage hangar. It was expected that Buran would have a second uncrewed flight by 1993, with a duration of 15–20 days. Although the Buran programme was never officially cancelled, the dissolution of the Soviet Union led to funding drying up and subsequent flights never took place.

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Today In History:  14 November  [1910]The birth of the aircraft carrier (ship)Eugene Ely announces the birth of the airc...
13/11/2023

Today In History: 14 November [1910]

The birth of the aircraft carrier (ship)

Eugene Ely announces the birth of the aircraft carrier when he takes off from the cruiser USS Birmingham in Virginia, on a Curtiss biplane. The warship has an 83-foot platform built over the foredeck for the take-off.

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HAFU Wallpaper : Focke-Wulf FW-190Focke-Wulf FW-190The Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection's FW-190A is shown here taxyi...
12/11/2023

HAFU Wallpaper : Focke-Wulf FW-190

Focke-Wulf FW-190

The Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection's FW-190A is shown here taxying at Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, New Zealand.

This aircraft is airworthy and does fly periodically. It's one of the reproduction 190's produced by the company FlugWerk in Germany - they built 12 aircraft. Most in the A standard (radial engine) and 3 in "D" standard with inline engine (the "long nose"). They used Allison engines for the "D" and Shevestov ASh-82 radials in the 'A' models.

The Fw 190A started flying operationally over France in August 1941 and quickly proved superior in all but turn radius to the Spitfire Mk. V, the main front-line fighter of the Royal Air Force (RAF), particularly at low and medium altitudes. The 190 maintained superiority over Allied fighters until the introduction of the improved Spitfire Mk. IX.]

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Today In History:  13 November  [1957]Boeing KC-135 "Stratotanker" sets a new distance nonstop recordA Boeing KC-135 "St...
12/11/2023

Today In History: 13 November [1957]

Boeing KC-135 "Stratotanker" sets a new distance nonstop record

A Boeing KC-135 "Stratotanker", piloted by General Curtis LeMay, sets a new distance nonstop record, flying 6350 miles from Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The KC-135's return trip set a new speed record, Buenos Aires to Washington, D.C., over 5,200 miles in 11 hours 5 minutes.

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Today In History:  12 November  [1921]The first aircraft air-to-air refuelingThe first air-to-air refueling is made when...
11/11/2023

Today In History: 12 November [1921]

The first aircraft air-to-air refueling

The first air-to-air refueling is made when American Wesley May steps from the wing of one aircraft (a Lincoln Standard biplane) to that of another (a Curtiss Jenny) carrying a five-gallon can of gasoline strapped to his back.

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Today In History:  11 November  [1940]Battle of Taranto -- the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship naval attackThe Royal Nav...
10/11/2023

Today In History: 11 November [1940]

Battle of Taranto -- the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship naval attack

The Royal Navy, mploying 21 Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean Sea, launches the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship naval attack in history when it attacked the Italian fleet in Taranto Harbour.

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