AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

25 June 1975

First flight of Yakovlev Yak-50, aerobatic trainer aircraft. Between 1946 and 1965, Yakovlev design bureau created, under common designation Yak-18, a series of quite different training and aerobatic aircraft. It included a variant designated Yak-18PM, […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

18 June 1951

´Black day´ at the RAF Biggin Hill station, with three crew fatalities and three Gloster Meteor aircraft lost within a few minutes. The Royal Air Force station at Biggin Hill was an airfield well known […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

11 June 1937

Kawanishi E11K, a Japanese experimental flying boat performed its first flight. The story of this aircraft began in 1936, when the Imperial Japanese Navy drew up a request for a new small flying boat, intended […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

4 June 1943

Flying Officer Jaroslav Čermák from No. 313 (Czech) Squadron RAF, crashes with his Spitfire Mk.V (AR512) near Taunton, after colliding with a train. Complicated wartime fortunes of Jaroslav Čermák may work as a perfect example […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

21 May 1969

Antonov An-26, a twin-engine, turboprop transport aircraft, performed its maiden flight. Antonov An-26 is one of the most-known aircraft designed by the Antonov construction bureau and, at the same time, stays among the best remembered […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

14 May 1915

US Secretary of the Navy Josepus Daniels approved a contract for the first dirigible baloon for the United States Navy. The First World War was a period marked by a rapid and intensive development of […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

7 May 1942

Capt. Jean Assoland, French aviation pioneer, is shot down by British fighters over Madagascar. Jean Assoland (also known as Bernache-Assolant) began his military career with the French Navy. In 1924, at the age of 19, […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

30 April 1939

V. Kokkinaki and M. Gordienko arrived to New York, after their transatlantic flight from Moscow. On 28th April 1939, at 4:19 in the morning, V.K. Kokkinaki (pilot) and M.Kh. Gordienko (co-pilot) took-off for their non-stop […]