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Jan Aviation bits
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:00:51 PM »
The old On This Day section has been moved to this new location.I hope forum members find it to be of interest.


11th Jan 1911.....The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place when Eugene Ely landed a Curtis pusher landed on a temporary platform on USS Pennsylvania.

11th Jan 1918.....The death of German WWI Ace Hans Kummetz,killed in action in Italy.

11th Jan 1922.....Birth of Neville Fredrick Duke.British WWII Ace and later a test pilot.

11th Jan 1933.....The first flight of the British torpedo bomber prototype,the Vickers type 207.Only one was built.

11th Jan 1935.....Amelia Earhart makes the first female solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland California in her Lockheed Vega.

11th Jan 1941.....The first flight of the Soviet prototype fighter,the Polikarpov I-185.

11th Jan 1947.....The first flight of the McDonnell F2 H Banshee.

11th Jan 1962.....The Boeing VC-137 C took on the role of US Presidential and VIP transport,and a second aircraft was delivered later.SAM 26000 an SAM 27000.

11th Jan 1978.....The first flight of the unusual mixed power flight aircraft,the Gulfstream American Hustler executive aircraft.

11th Jan 1989.....The first flight of another unusual type,the US built AASI Jetcruzer,a turbo prop pusher propeller aircraft.

11th Jan 1990.....Yet more aeronautical oddness,this time the US Government awards Bell Helicopters $123Million contract to develop for the V-22 Osprey.Early flights had taken place in 1989.

11th Jan 2008.....Airbus delivers Singapore Airlines it`s 2nd Airbus A380,the first was delivered 27th Oct 2007.

11th Jan 2011.....The first flight of the Chinese stealth 5th generation fighter and MRCA,the Chengdu J-20.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 09:01:40 PM »
11th Jan 1978.....The first flight of the unusual mixed power flight aircraft,the Gulfstream American Hustler executive aircraft.


The original Hustler 400 was even odder. in the tail it had a J402 turbojet, as used in the Harpoon ASM!  That didn't have enough thrust to keep the aircraft airborne if the PT6A in the nose failed but was intended as a booster.

They changed the booster to an F107 ( as in the ALCM ) but after the merger of American Jet into Gulfstream the engine became a big JT15D turbofan which qualified it as a twin-engined aircraft as the Hustler 500.

In 1980 Gulfstream removed the PT6A from the nose and grafted a two-seat cockpit to make the Peregrine 600 for the USAF's NGT trainer competition.

After that the whole Hustler / Peregrine idea faded out. I really should find out what happened.



OK, turns-out Gulfstream abandoned the dual-engine idea and put a bizjet front-end onto the Peregrine trainer rear-end, then changed the engine to a TFE731.  And then gave up in 1985.  Officially it is still 'suspended'.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 07:43:11 PM »
12th Jan 1866.....The Aeronautical Society Of Great Britain is founded in London,it later became known as The Royal Aeronautical Society,and is still going strong to this day.

12th Jan 1912.....The first flight of the Curtis Model F,an early utility flying boat.

12th Jan 1916.....German Aces Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke,with 8 confirmed kills are the first to be awarded The Blue Max.

12th Jan 1922.....The first flight of the Mitsubishi 2MR,a Japanese carrier based recon aircraft.

12th Jan 1926.....The first flight of the Soviet Polikarpov DI-1,two seat fighter,only one was completed.

12th Jan 1929.....The first US Air Mail stamped envelopes go on sale.

12th Jan 1931.....The first flight of the British biplane bomber prototype,the Vickers Type 163,just a single example was built.

12th Jan 1965.....The last of the 820 Boeing KC-135 aerial tankers id delivered to the USAF.

12th Jan 1970.....A PAN AM Boeing 747 on a proving flight,is the first wide-bodied airliner to land at London Heathrow.

12th Jan 1975.....British Airways introduces Europe`s first no-booking shuttle service-the route is London to Glasgow.

12th Jan 1979.....Pilatus aircraft acquires Britten-Norman.

12th Jan 1990.....Air Inter and UTA are merged into Air France.
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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 08:02:18 PM »
This thread is great for digging-out historical nuggets but for some reason doesn't appear on the front page of the forum!

12th Jan 1979.....Pilatus aircraft acquires Britten-Norman.

BN had a crap decade in the 1970s, that was the second time they were sold.  The first had been to  Fairey in 1972.

The second sale was initiated by Lloyds Bank and one of the other investors forcing receivership in 1977.  One of few bids at that stage was from... Shorts.  But their bid was rejected and BN flapped around for another year until Pilatus stepped-in.

With all that churn they never did get to develop the triple-Dart, 30-tonne Mainlander :(
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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 05:49:12 PM »
Some more bits of aviation history.....


13th Jan 1908.....The first European to fly one kilometre in a circle is frenchman Henri Farman in a Voisin-Farman airplane.

13th Jan 1908.....The Aero Club Argentino is formed in Buenos Aires.

13th Jan 1916.....The Curtis Aeroplane and Motor Company is founded.

13th Jan 1930.....The first flight of the French Farman F.300,a tri motor airliner.

13th Jan 1940.....The first flight of the Soviet fighter aircraft the Yakovlev-Yak-1.

13th Jan 1942.....Helmut Schenk,a test pilot for Heinkel,becomes the first person to use an ejection seat sucessfully,when he loses control of his Heinkel HE280 V1 due to icing.

13th Jan 1942.....The first practical helicopter with a single rotor makes it`s first flight,flown by Igor Sikorsky.

13th Jan 1960.....The first flight of the Canadian Canadair CT-114 Tutor,a jet trainer as used by the RCAF Snowbirds Display Team.

13th Jan 1961.....The Convair B-58 Hustler jet bomber with GE-79 engines and flown by Maj.HJ Deutschendorf broke six world speed records.Highest average speed over a course was 1200.194 MPH

13th Jan 1975.....The F-16 Fighting Falcon wins the LWF competition.

13th Jan 1977.....The first flight of the French Fournier RF-9, a 2 seat motor glider.

13th Jan 2010.....German Airline Blue Wings ceased operations.
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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 01:43:21 PM »
14th Jan 1909.....Wilbur,Orville,and their sister Katharine move to Pau in the south of France.

14th Jan 1934.....The first flight of the four engined de Havilland DH 86 Express.

14th Jan 1935.....Following tests using a Boeing 247,United Airways decides to equip it`s fleet with a wing de-icing system.

14th Jan 1942.....The first flight of the Sikorsky R-4 light helicopter.It was the first helicopter to enter service with US and UK Military forces.

14th Jan 1943.....Franklin D.Roosevelt becomes the first US President to travel by airplane while in office;he flies to Morroco via Florida to meet with Winston Churchill.

14th Jan 1949.....A RCAF North Star completed the first non-stop flight across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax.

14th Jan 1950.....The first flight of the Mig-17 ( Fresco ) fighter.

14th Jan 1952.....The first flight of the French light sports jet,the SIPA S.200 Minijet,7 were built.

14th Jan 1953.....The first flight of the Convair F2Y Sea Dart,a jet powered fighter seaplane,only 5 built.

14th Jan 1958.....Qantas are the first foreign airline granted permission to fly across the US.

14th Jan 1960.....The first flight of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee,over 32,000 have been delivered in various versions.

14th Jan 1969.....The launch of Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4,which was to dock with Soyoz 5.

14th Jan 2001.....The death of Luigi Broglio,an Italian aerospace engineer,he was known as " the Italian von Braun."

14th Jan 2013.....French Rafales join with Mirage 2000`s as the French air campaign in Mali expands.
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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 07:54:14 PM »
A bit late but here's one I just read in a book:


10 Jan 1947: Westland obtained their first license to build the designs of the Sikorsky division of the United Aircraft Corporation, and their sale outside North America.

Things became a bit more complicated in the mid-60s when Agusta obtained a license for the S-61.  It's hard to compete against someone called Count Corrado Agusta.

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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 08:27:27 PM »
15th Jan 1914.....The first regular scheduled air in the US begins with flights between St.Petersburg  and Tampa Florida by The Benoist Company using a Benoist flying boat.

15th Jan 1916.....The first aircraft to be launched from a submarine is a German lightweight float plane,a Freidrichshafen FF29.

15th Jan 1927.....Boeing Air Transport that would later become United Airlines,begins airmail flights between Chicago and San Francisco.

15th Jan 1931.....Gen.Italo Balbo leads the first formation flight across the South Atlantic.The 12 Savoia Marchetti S.55`s depart from Orbetllo Italy and land in Rio De Janeiro.

15th Jan 1935.....Maj James Doolittle sets a record for a transport flight across the US,from LA to Newark,New Jersey in 11hrs 59 mins.

15th Jan 1935.....The first flight of the RWD-13,a Polish 3 seater,high wing monoplane.

15th Jan 1937.....The first flight of the French Liore et Olivier Leo 45,a twin medium bomber.

15th Jan 1937.....The first flight of the Beechcraft Model 18.

15th Jan 1943.....The first flight of the US fighter prototype,the Vultee XP-54,only 2 built.

15th Jan 1947.....The first flight of the Kaman K-225 helicopter.

15th Jan 1954.....The first flight of the French delta wing research aircraft,the Nord Gerfaut.

15th Jan 1973.....The last mission of a Boeing B-52 in the Vietnam War.

15th Jan 2002.....The first flight of the Airbus A318.

15th Jan 2009.....US Airways flight 1549,an Airbus A320-214 (N106US) ditches in the Hudson after a birdstrike shortly after departing LaGuardia Airport. Bravo Cpt Sullenberger and crew. ;D
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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 07:55:40 PM »
16th Jan 1916.....Byron Q.Jones sets a new duration record of 8hrs and 53 minutes,his aircraft is a Martin Tractor Biplane.

16th Jan 1929.....Lady Mary Bailey makes her return flight to London from Cape Town in her DH.60 Moth.

16th Jan 1963.....The first UK Female Airline pilot to fly international routes is Yvonne Pope flying for Morton Air Service on the Gatwick to Dusseldorf route.

16th Jan 1969.....Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 dock making the first docking of two manned spacecraft,and the first exchange of crew from one spacecraft to another.

16th Jan 1980.....British Island Airways and Air Anglia merge to form Air UK.

16th Jan 1991.....Eastern Airlines is wound up after 64 years of operations.

16th Jan 2013.....The FAA issues an Emergency Grounding Order on the Boeing 787 .

16th Jan 2018.....Joint Helicopter Command hold an event to mark the retirement of the Westland Lynx.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018, 08:33:40 PM »
17th Jan 1906.....German Zeppelin LZ-2 makes it`s first flight achieving a speed of 25mph.It was destroyed the next day after a forced landing and damage due to high winds.

17th Jan 1936.....The USAAC places an order for 13 Boeing Y1 B-17 Flying Fortresses,previously known as the Boeing Model 299.

17th Jan 1939.....The French prototype fighter the Renard R-36 is destroyed in a fatal accident,the pilot was Lt.Visconte Eric De Spoelberg.

17th Jan 1941.....The RCAF agrees to form 25 squadrons in the UK over an 18 month period as part of the Sinclair-Ralston agreement.

17th Jan 1948.....The first flight of a RCAF de Havilland Vampire in Canada.

17th Jan 1948.....BOAC begins to phase out the Boeing 314 flying boat and switch to the Lockheed Constellation.

17th Jan 1963.....The first flight of the Short SC.7 Skyvan.It was powered with a pair of Continental GTSIO-520 piston engines.Later in 1963 the Turbomeca Astazou`s were used.

17th Jan 1963.....The North American X-15A is flown by Joe Walker to a height of 82,600m or 271,000 feet  :o  As he has flown to more than 50 miles he qualifies for astronaut wings.

17th Jan 1970.....The first flight of the Sukhoi T-6-2IG ,prototype of the Soviet Sukhoi SU-24 all weather attack aircraft.

17th Jan 1991.....The first gulf war begins with a United Nations sanctioned massive air assault against Iraqi forces,after they invade Kuwait.

17th Jan 1994.....The Airbus A330-300 enters service with Air Inter.

17th Jan 2008.....BA flight 38,a Boeing B777-200ER G-YMMM crash landed 1000ft short of runway 27L at LHR.This was the first loss of a B777 due to operational incident.
                          Ice in the fuel was identified as the likely cause,but in 2009 it was identified as a problem specific to the RR engines oil-fuel heat exchangers.  :-\
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 09:23:35 PM »

17th Jan 1963.....The first flight of the Short SC.7 Skyvan.It was powered with a pair of Continental GTSIO-520 piston engines.Later in 1963 the Turbomeca Astazou`s were used.

And snow didn't stop play :D


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Re: Jan Aviation bits
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 08:30:26 PM »
18th Jan 1906.....Zeppelin LZ-2 is destroyed in high winds.

18th Jan 1916.....The first offical flight of the Junkers J1,a brief hop had been achieved in Dec 1915.

18th Jan 1935.....The first flight of the German dive bomber,the Blohm & Voss Ha137.

18th Jan 1938.....The RCAF received the first of it`s order of 1380+ Tiger Moth trainers.

18th Jan 1957.....Three USAF B-52 bombers make the worlds first around the world non-stop flight by turbojet powered aircraft.They take 45hrs and 19mins,average speed is an impressive 534mph.

18th Jan 1973.....The results of the USAF A-X fly off are announced,the winner is the Fairchild YA-10 over Northrop`s contender the Northrop YA-9.

18th Jan 1981.....Bell Helicopters celebrates delivering it`s 25,000th production helicopter.

18th Jan 1982.....The USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team crash in pre season training at what is now Creech Airforce Base.4 aircraft and pilots are lost during a four abreast formation loop.

18th Jan 1992.....The US Marine Corps retire the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II from front line service.

18th Jan 2005.....The first Airbus A380 is unveiled F-WWOW was shown to the world at Toulouse.It displayed at the Portrush Airshow in 2009.


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« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 09:53:27 PM »
18th Jan 1906.....Zeppelin LZ-2 is destroyed in high winds.

18th Jan 1916.....The first offical flight of the Junkers J1,a brief hop had been achieved in Dec 1915.

18th Jan 1935.....The first flight of the German dive bomber,the Blohm & Voss Ha137.

18th Jan 1938.....The RCAF received the first of it`s order of 1380+ Tiger Moth trainers.

18th Jan 1957.....Three USAF B-52 bombers make the worlds first around the world non-stop flight by turbojet powered aircraft.They take 45hrs and 19mins,average speed is an impressive 534mph.

18th Jan 1973.....The results of the USAF A-X fly off are announced,the winner is the Fairchild YA-10 over Northrop`s contender the Northrop YA-9.

18th Jan 1981.....Bell Helicopters celebrates delivering it`s 25,000th production helicopter.

18th Jan 1982.....The USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team crash in pre season training at what is now Creech Airforce Base.4 aircraft and pilots are lost during a four abreast formation loop.

18th Jan 1992.....The US Marine Corps retire the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II from front line service.

18th Jan 2005.....The first Airbus A380 is unveiled F-WWOW was shown to the world at Toulouse.It displayed at the Portrush Airshow in 2009.


F-WWOW Airbus A380 at Portrush e by Paul McAllister / AT Images, on Flickr

WOW! How did we ever manage to swing getting that over!