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This Day in Aviation History
December 11th, 1986
First flight of the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, which was derived from the F-15 Eagle.

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole strike fighter, derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare aircraft. United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intake ramps.

The Strike Eagle has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, among others. During these operations the F-15E has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and provided close air support for coalition troops. It has also been exported to several countries.....

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Wikipedia, McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle: http://gstv.us/1OSbXAt

YouTube, Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle Video Documentary: http://gstv.us/2iIWAFr

YouTube. Jeremy Clarkson In An F 15E: http://gstv.us/1OSfn6x

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This Day in Aviation History
December 10th, 1955
First horizontal flight of the Ryan X-13 Vertijet.

The Ryan X-13 Vertijet (company designation Model 69) was an experimental vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft flown in the United States in the 1950s. The main objective of the project was to demonstrate the ability of a pure jet to vertically takeoff, hover, transition to horizontal forward flight, and vertically land.

Just after World War II, Ryan engineers wondered whether the Ryan/U.S. Navy FR-1 Fireball, which had a thrust-to-weight ratio of 1 at low fuel quantities, would take off vertically. The United States Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics in 1947 awarded Ryan a contract, originally under the designation F3R, to investigate the development of a vertically launched jet fighter. This was part of a program to evaluate the feasibility of submarine-based aircraft. Ryan conducted remote controlled VTOL tethered rig tests from 1947 to 1950 and a flying rig in 1951. Ryan was awarded an Air Force contract in 1953 to develop an actual flying jet-powered VTOL aircraft, which was given the designation X-13. Two prototypes were built....

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Wikipedia, Ryan X-13 Vertijet: http://gstv.us/1NU6OLp

YouTube, Ryan X-13A-RY Vertijet: http://gstv.us/1NU6T1v

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This Day in Aviation History
December 9th, 1988
First flight of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (English: "griffin") is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls. It is powered by the Volvo RM12, and has a top speed of Mach 2. Later aircraft are modified for NATO interoperability standards and to undertake in-flight refuelling.

In 1979, the Swedish government began development studies for an aircraft capable of fighter, attack and reconnaissance missions to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen. A new design from Saab was selected and developed as the JAS 39, first flying in 1988. Following two crashes during flight development and subsequent alterations to the aircraft's flight control software, the Gripen entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1997. Upgraded variants, featuring more advanced avionics and adaptations for longer mission times, began entering service in 2003....

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Wikipedia, Saab JAS 39 Gripen: http://gstv.us/1NU5HeG

YouTube, Gripen Pilot - Blokkies Joubert - SAAF Saab JAS-39: http://gstv.us/1NU5HLD

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This Day in Aviation History
December 8th, 1945
First flight of the Bell 47.

The Bell 47 is a two-bladed, single engine, light helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. Based on the third Model 30 prototype, Bell's first helicopter designed by Arthur M. Young, the Bell 47 became the first helicopter certified for civilian use on 8 March 1946. More than 5,600 Bell 47 aircraft were produced, including those produced under license by Agusta in Italy, Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, and Westland Aircraft in the United Kingdom. The Bell 47J Ranger is a modified version with a fully enclosed cabin and fuselage.....

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Wikipedia, Bell 47: http://gstv.us/1R65x45

YouTube, Bell 47 / H13 helicopter review and flight: http://gstv.us/1R65Egc
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Today marks the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The day the United States could no longer stay neutral. On December 8th, President Roosevelt declared war.

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This Day in Aviation History
December 7th, 1942
First flight of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra.

The Bell P-63 Kingcobra is a United States fighter aircraft developed by Bell in World War II from the Bell P-39 Airacobra in an attempt to correct that aircraft's deficiencies. Although the aircraft was not accepted for combat use by the United States Army Air Forces, it was successfully adopted by the Soviet Air Force.....

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Wikipedia, Bell P-63 Kingcobra: http://gstv.us/1TvPs64

YouTube, Warbirds in Review 2017: P-63/T-38 Joe Engle: http://gstv.us/2jHylE2

YouTube, Apollo 8 Astronaut Colonel Frank Borman flies the P-63 Kingcobra: http://gstv.us/1TvPxa1

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This Day in Aviation History
December 6th, 1957
First flight of the Lockheed L-188 Electra.

The Lockheed L-188 Electra is an American turboprop airliner built by Lockheed. First flown in 1957, it was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. Initial sales were good, but after two fatal crashes that led to expensive modifications to fix a design defect, no more were ordered. However, with its unique high power-to-weight ratio, huge propellers and very short wings (resulting in the majority of the wingspan being enveloped in propwash), large Fowler flaps which significantly increased effective wing area when extended, and four-engined design, the airplane had airfield performance capabilities unmatched by many jet transport aircraft even today—particularly on short runways and high field elevations. Turboprops were soon replaced by turbojets and many Electras were modified as freighters. Some Electras are still being used in various roles into the 21st century. The airframe was also used as the basis for the Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft....

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Wikipedia, Lockheed L-188 Electra: http://gstv.us/1XCWK8M

YouTube, Lockheed L-188A Electra Promo Film #3 - 1960: http://gstv.us/1XCWw1t

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This Day in Aviation History
December 5th, 1945
Flight 19, a flight of 5 Grumman TBM Avengers go missing over the Bermuda Triangle.

Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945 during a United States Navy overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat assumed by professional investigators to have exploded in mid-air while searching for the flight. Navy investigators could not determine the cause of the loss of Flight 19 but said the airmen may have become disoriented and ditched in rough seas after running out of fuel....

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Wikipedia, Flight 19: http://gstv.us/1MRk0wY

YouTube, Bermuda Triangle - The True Story: http://gstv.us/1MRkoeN

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This Day in Aviation History
December 4th, 1952
First flight of the Grumman S-2 Tracker.

The Grumman S-2 Tracker (previously S2F prior to 1962) was the first purpose-built, single airframe anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to enter service with the U.S. Navy. Designed and initially built by Grumman, the Tracker was of conventional design with twin engines, a high wing and tricycle undercarriage. The type was exported to a number of navies around the world. Introduced in 1952 the Tracker saw service in the USN until the mid-1970s with a few aircraft remaining in service with other air arms into the 21st century. Argentina and Brazil are the last countries to still use the Tracker....

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Wikipedia, Grumman S-2 Tracker: http://gstv.us/1XsyhIy

YouTube, Grumman S-2 Tracker: http://gstv.us/1MRamub

YouTube, Hunter Killers "Grumman S2 Tracker and others": http://gstv.us/1MRaw4T

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This Day in Aviation History
December 3rd, 2003
First flight of the Honda HA-420 HondaJet.

The Honda HA-420 HondaJet is the first aircraft developed by Honda Aircraft Company. The light business jet was designed in Japan and then developed and manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States....

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Wikipedia, Honda HA-420 HondaJet: http://gstv.us/1XsrOx7

YouTube, Honda Jet FAA First Flight: http://gstv.us/1XsrvCx

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