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This Week In Military/Aviation History 1-7 February

January 31, 2010 10:32 pm

Well Folks, here we are once again. Not only has a week gone by, but also the first month of 2010 has also gone by the wayside. I sincerely hope that the month treated you right. Well, time marches on even as we sit here reading this, so let’s take a little trip down history lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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

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

5 February 1911
Vivian C. Walsh makes the first aeroplane flight in New Zealand in his Howard-Wright (type) biplane at Auckland.

7 February 1911
The first French flying certificate is issued to Lieutenant de Rose.

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

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 25-31 January

January 24, 2010 10:22 pm

Hello Folks, doesn’t it seem like we just did this? Well, we did…seven days ago. What a heck of a quick week eh? Of course, I’m retired so to me one day runs into the next instead of dragging along until Friday comes…finally. And then the weekend zips by in the wink of an eye and that long, long workweek starts all over again. Bah! Sorry, but I don’t miss that a bit. So, what say we lose ourselves in some history for at least a little while, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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

31 January 1917
Germany declares the beginning of unrestricted submarine warfare.

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WIX Warbird Weekly Radio Show – Episode 1 1/13/2010 – Guest: Scott Rose

January 21, 2010 4:31 pm

Hello everyone!  The Warbird Information Exchange (WIX) and Warbirds Resource Group has created a great partnership with Warbird Radio (at www.warbirdradio.com) to produce a LIVE weekly Internet radio show called “The WIX Warbird Weekly” broadcasting each Wednesday at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific at www.warbirdradio.com!

The Live show will have interesting guests in the warbird community as well as noted WIX forum personalities so you’ll be able to hear them as well as see their day-to-day posts on the forum!  The live show also is unique for the fact that YOU can call in directly and ask us questions live and on the air! 

With a thanks to our producer Matt Jolley, who is the founder of Warbird Radio (broadcasting 24 hours a day with live shows each day… see www.warbirdradio.com for the schedule), we will be posting the previous week’s show in podcast form here on Warbirds-Online for you to download and enjoy.  We encourage you to listen live each week so you have the chance to call in… and then you can download the podcast to hear yourself on the air!

Click the link below to hear the Podcast, or right-click and select “Save Target As” to save on your computer and listen offline.

Make sure to tune in next week on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific at www.warbirdradio.com for the live show and check here next Thursday for last night’s Episode 2 for download!

1940 French Moranes on patrol

January 18, 2010 6:04 am

This Week In Military/Aviation History 18-24 January

January 17, 2010 11:02 pm

Hello Folks, seven more have whizzed by again and once again it’s time for us to stroll down History Lane. I hope you enjoy our little weekly look back, I know I do. So without further ado, here’s this week’s peek.

Tom K. ;)

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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.

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.

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It has to be Russian… Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1

7:41 am

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Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1

General characteristics
- Crew: 1
- Length: 6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)
- Wingspan: 6.48 m (21 ft 3 in)
- Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
- Wing area: 7 m2 (75 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 958 kg (2,112 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,683 kg (3,710 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Dushkin D-1A-1100 liquid-fuel rocket motor 1100kg

Performance
- Maximum speed: 990 km/h (620 mph; 530 kn) estimated
- Endurance: 15 minutes under power

Armament
- Guns: two nose-mounted 20 mm Sh VAK cannon

Photo source: unknown, Info: WikiPedia

Footage for movie “Dive Bomber”, 1941

January 16, 2010 6:46 am

Old color shots of rare US Navy aircraft aboard USS Enterprise and around the San Diego area. Filmed for the 1941 movie “Dive Bomber”. Scarce aircraft such as the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver and the Vought SB2U Vindicator are shown. It was during the filming that the US Navy was changing the paint schemes on aircraft from the colorful pre-war to the overall gray. Several planes were kept in the old patterns while the movie was filmed. Aircraft in the movie were clearly from USS Saratoga (Air Group 3) and from USS Enterprise (Air Group 6)….a very nice view of the Grumman F3F biplane fighter 6-F-4….. The best parts of the movie were just the aircraft shots. Video clips assembled by Greg Clarke.

Source: YouTube via  skyraider1404

Curtiss P-36 (Mohawk) Hawk

January 15, 2010 6:58 am

Curtiss P-36 (Mohawk) Hawk

The Curtiss P-36 Hawk, also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, was a U.S.-built fighter aircraft of the 1930s. A contemporary of the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it was one of the first of a new generation of combat aircraft—a sleek monoplane design making extensive use of metal in its construction and powered by a powerful piston engine. Obsolete at the onset of World War II and best known as the predecessor of the Curtiss P-40, the P-36 saw only limited combat with the United States Army Air Forces but was extensively used by the French Air Force and also by British Commonwealth (where it was known as the Mohawk), and Chinese air units. Several dozen also fought in the Finnish Air Force against the Soviet Red Air Force. With around 1,000 aircraft built, the P-36 was a major commercial success for Curtiss.

Video source: YouTube via gunner 17470, Info Source: WikiPedia

British Phantom FG.1

January 11, 2010 7:30 am

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The United Kingdom bought versions of the McDonnell-Douglas Phantom based on the USN F-4J for use with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. The main differences were the use of the British Rolls-Royce Spey engines and of British-made avionics. The RN and RAF versions were given the designation F-4K and F-4M respectively, and entered service as the Phantom FG.1 (fighter/ground attack) and Phantom FGR.2 (fighter/ground attack/reconnaissance).

After the Falklands War, 15 upgraded ex-USN F-4Js, known as the F-4J(UK) entered RAF service to compensate for one interceptor squadron redeployed to the Falklands.

Around 15 RAF squadrons received various marks of Phantom, many of them based in Germany. The first to be equipped was 6 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in July 1969. One noteworthy deployment was to 43 Squadron where Phantom FG1s remained the squadron equipment for a remarkable twenty years, arriving in September 1969 and departing in July 1989. During this period the squadron was based throughout at Leuchars.

The interceptor Phantoms were replaced by the Panavia Tornado F3 from the late 1980s onwards, and the last British Phantoms were retired in October 1992 when 74 Squadron disbanded.

Info: WikiPedia

Photo source: Unknown

This Week In Military/Aviation History 11-17 January

January 10, 2010 10:25 pm

Well Folks, 2010 is here and already last week my computer was in the shop. It seems my personal gremlinette stole my e-mail and at the same time messed up my bookmarks. Which was why I didn’t post. (Miss me?) When she gets revved up, I suffer. Hopefully, the boys at the shop put her in her place and I won’t hear from her for a while. I have my fingers crossed. I sincerely hope your NewYear’s went well and so far the year is following suit. Well, let’s move on to some serious history shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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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.

13 January 1913
The first regular aerial cargo service is established in the USA by Harry M. Jones as he flies baked beans from Boston to New York in a Wright B.

12 January 1916

German fighter aces Max Immelman and Oswald Boelcke become the first two pilots to receive Germany’s highest award for bravery, the Pour le Mérite. By the summer of the same year, Immelmann had been killed and Boelcke is Germany’s leading ace.

16 January 1917
Rittmeister Manfred von Richtofen, the most famous and most successful air ace of the First World War, is awarded the Pour le Mérite. Scoring 80 confirmed kills, Richthofen is finally shot down as he flies deep into British lines in pursuit of Wilfrid May in April 1918. His brother, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also receives the decoration in 1917.

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