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This Week In Military/Aviation History 26 January – 1 February

January 25, 2009 11:10 pm

Ah Folks, it’s absolutely amazing how time flies. Here I am again, as usual, another week older, but not  any smarter, unfortunately it seems I’ve always had this problem, I guess, as my boss always used to always tell me “Work smarter, not harder.” I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired when I left work. I finally figured I must not have been working any smarter, just harder. Of course, this is the same boss that impressed the bejeebers out of me when he told me what assume does…makes an ass out of u and me. That was until I saw the episode of the “Odd Couple” where this was used. Burst my bubble that did. Oh well, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

February 1910
Hugo Junkers patents an aeroplane with a cantilevered wing.

26 January 1911
Glenn Curtiss makes the first premeditated aeroplane landing on water, water taxiing and water take-off from USS Pennsylvania in San Diego Bay.

1 February 1911
Burgess and Curtiss becomes the first fully licensed aircraft manufacturer in the USA.

February 1912
Jules Vedrine makes the first 100mph flight in his Monocoque Deperdussin.

February 1913
The Spanish air arm is renamed as the Servico de Aeronautica Militar Espanola.

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A Trader returns to the air

January 19, 2009 11:31 am

Daniel Serrato of Eufaula, AL has acquired C-1 Trader Bu. 136778 and with much time, money and effort has returned this unlikely warbird to the air in late 2008. The C-1 Trader was the workhorse of U.S. Navy carrier aviation for many years before being replace by the C-2 Greyhound. While the C-1′s cousin, the S-2 Tracker, has found life after service as a firebomber, often being fitted with turboprop engines, only a handful of C-1 Traders managed to avoid the scrap yard. Congratulations Daniel for preserving an unusual piece of aviation history.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 19 – 25 January

January 18, 2009 10:48 pm

Hello Folks, seems like only yesterday I posted here, but as it turns out, it was a week ago. How time flies when you keep busy. I had to take my CPU to the shop to have it get an electronic enema and a slight upgrade. You see I had so much stuff on it it was slowing down. I’m not all that computer-savvy, so I was afraid to try to remove things. I have a tendency when I do decide to try to clean things up of removing something I shouldn’t, causing all kinds of headaches and a trip to the shop anyway. Now I just take it in and let them do the “dirty” work. The problem is I usually wind up with some new programs they normally install with a tune-up. I have to get used to strange things popping up every so often that I’ve never seen before and some things I’m used to seeing are gone. This is not a good thing for an old man who is somewhat stubborn about changes, but I somehow manage to adapt….’til the next time. Well, some big time new history is going to be made this week, so let’s get down to some serious old history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

23 January 1909
The Blériot Type XI makes its first flight.

19 January 1910
Lieutenant Paul Beck drops sandbag “bombs” over Los Angeles from an aeroplane piloted by Louis Paulhan.

21 January 1911
Lieutenant Paul W. Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an aeroplane, sending a message from a Wright biplane over Selfridge Field in Michigan.

20 January 1913
Bernetta Miller is temporarily blinded by oil when she attempts to establish a new women’s altitude record in New York.

24 January 1913
Swiss pilot Oscar Bider reaches 11,483 feet when he flies over the Pyrennes in his Blériot monoplane.

Charles Nieuport, his mechanic Guyot and the pilot are killed at Etamples in France, when their wing-warping device fails.

19-20 January 1915
Two German Navy Zeppelins, LZ24 (L3) and LZ27 (L4), make the first airship raid on Great Britain and a third, LZ31 (L6), returns early due to engine problems.

Bombs from L3 fall on Great Yarmouth, while L4 drops incendiaries and bombs on Sheringham, Thornham, Brancaster, Hunstanton, Heacham, Snettisham and King’s Lynn. Several civilians are killed and wounded.

23 January 1918
The first American Expeditionary Force (AEF) balloon ascent is made at the Balloon School at Cuperly in France.

20 January 1920
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) announces it is prepared to accept new official world records.

24 January 1920
Commandant Vuillemin of the Aéronautique Militaire, makes first aircraft flight across the Sahara Desert.

23 January 1923
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) makes parachutes compulsory.

22 January – 10 February 1926
Commandante Franco makes the first east to west crossing of the South Atlantic, flying a Dornier Wal flying boat in stages.

20 January 1940
The Brazilian Air Force, originally founded in 1908 as the Brazilian Army Balloon Corp, adopts its current title, Fôrça Aeréa Brasileira.

22 January 1944
During Ango-American landings at Anzio, 50,000 troops are put ashore with massive air support and without opposition.

23 January 1950
The United States Air Force (USAF) Research & Development Command is established.

23 January 1951
United States Air Force (USAF) Republic Thunderjet fighters shoot down four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s.

25 January 1952
North American F-86 Sabre jet fighters shoot down ten Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s over North Korea.

22 January 1953
Four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet fighters are shot down during air fighting over North Korea.

20 January 1955
An agreement is reached between France, USA and South Vietnam to reorganize the military forces of South Vietnam.

25 January 1955
The state of war between the Soviet Union and Germany is terminated.

23 January 1956
It is reported that a McDonnell F-101A Voodoo flies faster than 1,050mph, six times and faster than 1,100mph at least once.

21 January 1960
NASA launches a monkey named Miss Sam in a low altitude test of the Mercury escape system. The monkey is recovered unharmed after the escape module is activated immediately after launch.

21 January 1968
A United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, carrying four nuclear weapons, crashes on sea ice on its approach to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland.

21 January 1970
The first scheduled service of the wide-bodied Boeing 747 flies from New York to London, heralding a new era of mass international air travel.

24 January 1973
An agreement to end the Vietnam War is signed in Paris and a cease-fire takes effect at midnight on 27 January .

20 January 1975
A Boeing 707 is commandeered by three terrorists who take ten travellers hostage and fly to Baghdad.

21 January 1975
Following two terrorist attacks at Orly Airport in Paris, the French Minister of the Interior announces that special new security measures will be introduced to prevent further attacks.

22 January 1982
The first fully automatic landing of a McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet is made at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River in Maryland. The system links the aircraft’s autopilot to a ground radar, meaning the pilot need make no inputs.

21 January 1987
American Lois McCallin, in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Michelob Light Eagle human powered aircraft, sets straight-line and closed circuit world distance records and the world duration record for women at 6.83 kilometers (4.25 miles), 15.44 kilometers (9.59 miles) and 37 minutes 38 seconds respectively.

22 January 1987
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Michelob Light Eagle, piloted by Glenn Tremml, sets a world closed circuit distance record for human-powered aircraft of 58 kilometers (36 miles).

24 January 1989
The Pentagon lifts a ban on the use of pin-ups to decorate United States Air Force aircraft fuselages. Feminist groups protest against the decision.

20 January 1997
A new balloon absolute distance record of 16,722 kilometers (10,363 miles) is set by Steve Fossett, during his unsuccessful non-stop, round the world flight, which he is forced to abandon in India 6 days after his departure from the USA.

23 January 2001
The first pictures of the Chinese J-10 Chengdu fighter become public. The aircraft is revealed to be a single-seat single-engined canard delta and is seen as an attempt by the Chinese to leap-frog two generations of fighter development.

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Spitfire crash lands at Masterton Aerodrome, New Zealand

January 15, 2009 5:58 pm

At approximately 3pm today, Supermarine Spitfire Tr. Mark 9,  ZK-WDQ was forced to crash land at Masterton Aerodrome in New Zealand. The two seat Spit was practising for the upcoming Wings over Wairarapa airshow. The cause of the accident is currently unknown. The pilot, Doug Brooker, is reported to have walked away uninjured after the crash. The aircraft, while severely damaged, will undoubtably be repaired and will fly again.

At the NZ Warbirds open day, Dec. 7, 2008.
At the NZ Warbirds open day, Dec. 7, 2008.

Video: 3 News in New Zealand
Discussion: WIX
Image: Courtesy of WIX Member Hairy

Yankee Air Museum’s time short

12:56 pm

by Khalil Hachem | The Ann Arbor News

Monday January 12, 2009, 2:49 PM

After a fire destroyed the building in 2004, the Yankee Air Museum took up quarters in a large building on the south side of the Willow Run Airport.

Museum officials hoped to stay there until a new facility can be built. But they learned last week they may have to move as early as next month because the Wayne County Airport Authority plans to close the building to save money.

“We’re unhappy about it,” said Frank Ernst, development committee chair with the museum. “We’re disappointed with the decision, and we feel we are taking a huge step backward.”

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said the number of tenants in the aircraft hangar has dwindled, and the authority is losing about $250,000 a year in utility costs for the 191,000-square-foot building.

“We can’t afford to heat it anymore,” Conway said.

Full Article: mlive.com

Discussion: WIX Forum

Gone West… Ralph D. “Hoot” Gibson

January 12, 2009 7:17 pm

TUCSON, AZ – Colonel Ralph D. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), a Korean War ace and former lead pilot for the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds  demonstration team, passed away on January 2nd, 2009.

Mr. Gibson retired from the U.S.A.F in 1974 and founded a Tucson, AZ real estate firm. His son, Scott Gibson, said that his father was showing a buyer a piece of property when he struck his head, later passing away from the injury.

Ralph D. “Hoot” Gibson was born in Keensburg, Illinois but raised in nearby Mt. Carmel. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and thus began a long and colorful career. He served as a fighter pilot with the occupation forces in Japan and later became the world’s third jet ace. He later served a tour in Vietnam.

He also served  a tour as Leader of the USAF Thunderbird Air Demonstration Team. Colonel Gibson retired from the Air Force in 1974 and moved to Tucson, AZ to start a real estate business, Hoot Gibson Realty. He was active in numerous civil and military associations and organization as well as the Pima Air & Space Museum.  In recent years he was inducted into the Illinois Military Aviation Hall of Fame as well as the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; three sons, Scott, Duane and Craig; four grandchildren, Alexandra, Layla, Carrie and Michael; a sister, Opal Hamm and brother, Will Gibson.

This Week In Military/Aviation History 12-18 January

January 11, 2009 11:00 pm

Well Folks, believe it or not, another week has just passed and here I am back again. Over at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum we’re in the process of acquiring a B-23 Dragon from the Commemorative Air Force Force Folks in Midland, Texas. More information about this project is both on the 1941 HAG Website and the Message Board which I moderate. There is also an interesting thread going on at the WIX Hangar Forum. It’s going to be an interesting time, to say the least. This year there are a great many projects going on at the 1941 HAG Museum and we have a great need for volunteers to work on them. If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the job for you. Well, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

18 January 1905
The Wright brothers open discussions with the United States government for the sale of an aeroplane.

18 January 1906
The Zeppelin LZ2 is destroyed in a gale the day after its first flight.

13 January 1908
Henry Farman wins the Deutch-Archdeacon Prize of 50,000 francs for the first officially observed circular flight of one kilometer in Europe.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 5 – 11 January

January 5, 2009 12:30 am

Hello Folks, yep, it’s that time again. Seven gone and four into 2009. It’s kinda nice that the whole year is out there so full of hope and promise. I wonder how long my optimism will hold out. Stay tuned. I made a resolution to get back into my model building hobby. I have no shortage of projects to choose from. I’m getting close to finishing a 1/32nd scale P-40 in AVG  (Flying Tiger) markings. I’m also hoping to spend more time on this site this year. We’ll have to see what happens. I hope all your holidays worked out well for you and yours. Before we make more history, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

7 January 1910
Hubert Latham makes the first flight to an altitude over 1,000 metres (2,281 feet) at Chalons in France when he flies an Antoinette VII to 3,280 feet.

10 January 1910
The first United States aeroplane meeting is held at the Dominquez Field in Los Angeles and organised by the Aero Club of California.

6 January 1911
750,000 Indians watch a flying display at Calcutta by Henri Jullerot in his Military Biplane.

7 January 1911
Lieutenant Myron Sydney Crissy of the United States Army, drops the first live bomb from an aeroplane when he conducts a test drop on a target in San Francisco from a Wright biplane piloted by Philip O. Parmelee.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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