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1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight

14 January

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. Continue reading “1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight”

1941 – World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster

9 January

The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and, as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the central implement for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed.

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1847 – Sam Colt’s first major commercial revolver – Colt Walker

The Colt Walker was a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six charges of black powder behind six bullets (typically .44 caliber lead balls). It was designed in 1847 as a collaboration between Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker and American firearms inventor Samuel Colt. Continue reading “1847 – Sam Colt’s first major commercial revolver – Colt Walker”

1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government

4 January

Samuel Colt (19 July, 1814 – 10 January, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist from Hartford, Connecticut. He founded Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (today, Colt’s Manufacturing Company), and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. Continue reading “1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government”

1963 – Vietnam War: The Viet Cong wins its first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac

2 January

The Battle of Ấp Bắc was a major battle fought on this day in 1963, during the Vietnam War. It was fought in Định Tường Province (now part of Tiền Giang Province), South Vietnam. Continue reading “1963 – Vietnam War: The Viet Cong wins its first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac”

1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world

27 December

Hōshō (literally meaning,”phoenix in flight”) was the world’s first commissioned ship that was designed and built as an aircraft carrier, and the first aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Continue reading “1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world”

2006 – First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

15 December

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing final development and testing by the United States. Continue reading “2006 – First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II”

1913 – Haruna, the fourth and last Kongō-class ship, launches

14 December

Haruna named after Mount Haruna, was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the fourth and last battlecruiser of the Kongō class, amongst the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built. Continue reading “1913 – Haruna, the fourth and last Kongō-class ship, launches”

1950 – Korean War: A US F-80 Shooting Star, claims first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history

8 November

Shooting Stars first saw combat service in the Korean War, employing both the F-80C variant and RF-80 photo-recon variants. The F-80 flew both air-to-air and air-to-ground sorties, claiming several aerial victories against North Korean Yak-9s and Il-10s. Continue reading “1950 – Korean War: A US F-80 Shooting Star, claims first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history”

1942 – World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219

6 November

The Heinkel He 219 Uhu  was a night fighter that served with the German Luftwaffe in the later stages of World War II. Continue reading “1942 – World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219”

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1975 – First flight of the MIG-31

16 September – On this day

The MIG-31, designated by NATO the ‘Foxhound’ was the Russian replacement for the MIG-25 ‘Foxbat’ and the Russian answer to the American F-15. The MIG-31 entered service on 6 May 1981 and was one of the fastest fighter jets in the world able to reach about Mach 2.85. A total of 519 of these fighters were built with production ending in 1984. The MIG-31 is expected to remain in service until 2030.

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Featured image: “Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Pichugin-1” by Dmitriy Pichugin

Schematics: “MiG-31” by Kaboldy – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

1914 – Canadian Auto Machine Gun Brigade

August – Canada

The Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, was the first fully mechanized unit of the Canadian Army. It was established on August 24, 1914 in Ottawa, Canada, as Automobile Machine Gun Brigade No. 1 by Canadian Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel, who initiated the program and was the unit’s first commander. The unit played a significant part in halting the major German offensive of March 1918. Continue reading “1914 – Canadian Auto Machine Gun Brigade”

1978 – Georgi Markov assassinated

7 September – On this day

Prize-winning Bulgarian author and BBC broadcaster Georgi Markov, was stabbed in the back of the leg with an umbrella gun injecting a Ricin pellet while walking across the Waterloo bridge in London. Continue reading “1978 – Georgi Markov assassinated”

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