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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”

1935 – First flight of the Hawker Hurricane

6 November

On this day in 1935, the prototype K5083 (Hawker Hurricane) took to the air for the first time at the hands of Hawker’s chief test pilot, Flight Lieutenant (later Group Captain) George Bulman. 

Bulman was assisted by two other pilots in subsequent flight testing; Philip Lucas flew some of the experimental test flights, while John Hindmarsh conducted the firm’s production flight trials.

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1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic

26 September – On this day

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. Continue reading “1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic”

1961 – Maiden flight of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook

21 September – On this day

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter that completed its maiden flight on this day in 1961. Continue reading “1961 – Maiden flight of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook”

1948 – F-86 Sabre sets world speed record

15 September – On this day

The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h), though still some 32 miles per hour (51 km/h) short of the 702 miles per hour (1,130 km/h) unofficial rocket-powered aircraft speed record set with an Me 163B prototype in early July 1944.

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WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain

1-6 September 1940 – Battle of Britain

The German attacks on the British airfields continue but with less strength than in the two previous days. Effort is wasted on less vital aircraft factories. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

27 August – The Battle of the Atlantic

The Coastal Command of the RAF establishes an air base on Iceland to help in convoy protection. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary”

Soviet WWII plane discovered in Polish lake

A drought in Poland has led to the discovery of an aircraft wedged in the mud of a lake about 70km west of the Polish capital Warsaw. Continue reading “Soviet WWII plane discovered in Polish lake”

WWII The 75th Anniversary

25 August 1940 – The Battle of Britain

The main German attack prosecuted today is against the fighter airfield of Warmwell. As with the previous day the attack is heavily escorted.
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