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Archive for April, 2007

This Week In Military/Aviation History: 30 April – 6 May

April 30, 2007 5:01 pm

Hello Folks, well, another month falls by the wayside. I looked outside and darned if my lawn doesn’t need a serious mow, and there are pretty, little yellow flowers growing nicely here and there also. Wasn’t it snowing not that long ago? Turn around and they’re little, turn around and they’re grown. Hope your week went well. Now, let’s get down to some historic stuff.

30 April 1915
German Navy Zeppelin Z9, commanded by Kapitan Mathys, made an attack on three British submarines, damaging the conning tower of one of them.

May 1915
The first Canadian flying school, the Curtiss Aviation School opened at Long Branch.

1 May 1916
The German Schutte-Lanz airship crashed near Gotland.

4 May 1916
Zeppelin LZ32 was shot down and destroyed by British naval gunfire.

May 1917
Fast and well armed Spad XIII single-seat fighters entered service with French squadrons on the Western Front.

2-3 May 1923
Lieutenant O.G. Kelly and Lieutenant J.A. Macready ot the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) made the first non-stop flight across the United States. Flying a Fokker T2, the journey time was 26 hours 50 minutes. They left Roosevelt Field, Long Island and landed at Rockwell Field in California.

1 May 1925
The Imperial Japanese Army Air Corps was formed.

5 May 1936
Mussolini announced the occupation of Addis Ababa and the end of the Abyssinian war – a war in which modern weapons, such as aircraft and poison gas were used against a primitive, poorly equipped enemy.

6 May 1937
German hydrogen-filled airship, the ‘Hindenburg’ was destroyed by fire whilst docking at Lakehurst in New Jersey. 33 of 97 people on board were killed.

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This Week In Military Aviation History: 23-29 April

April 23, 2007 5:00 pm

Hello Folks, yet another week has gone by it seems much too quickly. However that does bring us a week closer to The Historical Aircraft Group’s Biplane Rally and Chili Cook-Off followed the next week by The Greatest Show On Turf 2007. Stop by our website to get details on these events. (Advertising ploy known as a “cheap pop”, you stick ‘em in when you can.) That being said, let’s take a look at what happened historically this week, OK?
Be Safe,
Tom K. ;)
P.S. While you’re at the website, don’t forget to stop by the Message Board. (“pop”)

25 April 1914
Lieutenant P.N.L. Bellinger made the first American operational sortie by airplane, searching for sea mines during the Santa Cruz incident. A total of five Curtiss AB flying boats were involved in the operation, flying from the battleship USS MISSISSIPPI and the cruiser USS BIRMINGHAM in an operation which lasted 43 days.

24 April 1917
Lieutenant Colonel William “Billy” Mitchell became the first United States army officer to overfly the German lines.

29 April 1918
Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, who later became America’s top ace of the First World War with 26 victories, claimed his first victory, an Albatros Scout.

26 April 1937
German aircraft of the Legion Condor, operating with Spanish Nationalist Forces, bombed Guernica, seat of the Basque government. This act became a symbol of the inhumanity of aerial bombing.

26 April 1939
Flugkapitan Fritz Wendel, flying Messerschmitt Me 209V1, established a new world top speed record of 469 m.p.h. (755 k.p.h.). This record would not be broken for 30 years.

27 April 1939
The USAAC ordered the Lockheed P-38 fighter.

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This Week In Military Aviation History: 16-22 April

April 16, 2007 11:04 am
 

Hello Folks, time again for our little get-together. Hope your week went well. The Historical Aircraft Group Museum\’s fleet has grown by one. We now have a a 1945 Beech Staggerwing D17S s/n 6704 NC 582. The aircraft fleet page on our website has been updated to show this beauty. Stop by to take a look, either on-line or in person. She arrived last Thursday about 1700 hours. By airshow time our C-47 will be sporting the correct squadron designation she wore in WWII. Things are happening in Geneseo and HAG. Stay Tuned. Now, let\’s see what happened this week in history.
Be Safe,
Tom K. ;)

16 April 1913
The Belgian Compagnie de Aviateurs (Aviation Company), an independent air force, was formed from the former Balloon Company.

16 April 1915
A United States Navy AB2 flying boat piloted by Lieutenant P.N.L. Bellinger was catapault-launched from a barge.

19 April 1915
After making a forced landing behind enemy lines Lieutenant Roland Garros was captured by the Germans and the details of the machine-gun deflector arrangement were studied by his captors.

20 April 1916
Escadrille Americaine, a squadron in the French Air Force composed of American volunteers, was formed and the unit was later renamed Lafayette Escadrille on 6 December.

21 April 1918
Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the \”Red Baron\”, was shot down and killed. Manfred von Richthofen was the most successful fighter pilot of the First World War and at the time of his death, he had shot down 80 Allied aircraft in air combat.
Although Captain Roy Brown of No. 209 Squadron was credited with the destruction of von Richthofen\’s Fokker Triplane, it has also been suggested that the Red Baron actually fell victim to ground fire while being pursued by Captain Brown.

19 April 1919
The first recorded free fall parachute jump took place at McCook field in Dayton, Ohio. Leslie Leroy Irvin jumped from an airplane before deploying his parachute.

17 April 1920
The Venezuelan Military Air Service was formed.

21 April 1933
The first flight of the new United States Navy dirigible (steerable airship) USS Macon was made.

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First Active-Duty A-10C Squadron Should Be Operational By Year’s End

April 12, 2007 10:51 am

DPMO Identifies Ten Missing WWII Airmen

April 10, 2007 11:11 am

This Week In Military Aviation History: 9-15 April

April 9, 2007 10:46 am

Hello Folks, Boy, I’ll tell ya, these weeks are just flying by! (no pun intended) Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to let go, does he? BAH! Friday is Appreciation Day at the Historical Aircraft Group Museum from 1200 to 1400 hours. (12:00 to 2:00). If you’re in the neighborhood at that time, feel free to drop in. Tell ‘em Tom K. sent ya….on second thought, don’t, they may ask you to leave. (Just kidding, Folks)
Be Safe,
Tom K. ;)

11 April 1911
The U.S. Army’s first permanent flying school was established at College Park, Md.

Lieutenants T.D. Milling and Henry H. Arnold were ordered to Dayton, Ohio for flying instructions.

12 April 1911
Lieutenant T. Gordon Ellyson became the first pilot in the United States Navy.

11 April 1915
The prototype German Zeppelin-Staaken VG01 heavy bomber flew for the first time. This later became the Zeppelin-Stakken R1.

12 April 1917
Breguet 14s were introduced into service with French squadrons on the Western Front.

12 April 1918
German Gotha bombers bombed Paris, hitting a hospital and killing a mother, baby and a nurse. Bombs also exploded in the city and northern suburbs. A further attack that night left 26 dead and 72 injured.

14 April 1918
The 94th Aero (Pursuit) squadron became the first American unit to engage in combat when Lieutenants Douglas Campbell and Alan Winslow, flying Nieuport 28s, shot down two German aeroplanes and captured the pilots.

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This Week In Military Aviation History: 2-8 April

April 2, 2007 10:52 am

Hello again Folks, well this week started out nice weather-wise but now it’s going downhill fast. Typical New York I suppose. I hope it’s nicer where you are. Some planes invited to the air show have been added to the website, if you’d care to take a look. Don’t forget the Biplane Rally and Chili cookoff that will be held the weekend before the air show. As usual, volunteers for both these events are also needed. Well, let’s see what happened this week.
Be Safe,
Tom K. ;)

5-6 April 1917
In the first ever planned night interception operation, German Leutnant Frankl of Jasta 4, flying an Albatros DIII, shot down a BE2c on No. 100 Squadron over Ouiery la Motte.

6 April 1917
The United States declared war on Germany. The United States Army Signal Corps possessed 250 aircraft and the United States Marine Corps had a further 54.

7 April 1917
Cuba declared war on Germany.

4 April 1933
United States Navy dirigible (steerable airship) USS AKRON crashed into the sea off New Jersey with 73 killed.

2 April 1939
The Spanish Civil War ended.

7-9 April 1939
Italy occupied Albania.

6 April 1941
The first aircraft ejection seat, a compressed air unit, was fitted to the German Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

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