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West Point to name barracks after Tuskegee Airman Benjamin Davis

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is naming its newest cadet barracks after Air Force Gen. Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr., a Tuskegee Airman who had graduated from the academy. Read the full story on Army.mil

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Air Commodore Geoffrey Cooper ✝

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Air Commodore Geoffrey Cooper, who has died aged 89, was a fighter pilot who saw action in the Middle East and in Malaya. For 11 years, he was the air correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and criticized Max Hastings’ book and views on the history of Bomber Command. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Flight Lieutenant Jim Inward ✝

Former aircraft fitter who flew on 47 bombing operations and risked his life to save that of his rear gunner. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Wing Commander Stan Hubbard ✝

Wing Commander Stan Hubbard, who has died aged 93, was a wartime bomber pilot who went on to test experimental jet aircraft, including the so-called “Flying Bedstead”. He also claimed to have seen flying saucers. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Air Marshal Sir John Sutton ✝

John Sutton

Air Marshal Sir John Sutton, who has died aged 82,  was a Cold War fighter pilot who also helped to shape the modern capability and direction of the RAF. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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1928 Waco flies again at EURA

A 1928 Waco ASO has flown again at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The aircraft previously belonged to school co-founder Joyhn Riddle, and now sports the university’s colours. It will be displayed in flight at airshows and events to promote the school. Source

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Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, first female pilot to fly around the world †

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first female pilot to fly solo around the world in 1964, has died aged 88. She flew her single-engine Cessna 180 “Spirit of Columbus” 23,000 miles in 29-plus days before landing in Ohio’s capital city on April 17, 1964. Source: LA Times

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Super Constellation saved by Qantas Founders Museum

The Lockheed Super Constellation N4247K that was stored outdoors at Manila International Airport has been acquired by the Qantas Founders Museum and should be recovered soon. Source: Warbirds News

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Seventeen bodies found in 1952 crash site in Alaska

The Pentagon has indicated that the remains of seventeen airmen killed in the crash of their C-124 Globemaster in 1952 in Alaska were recently located and recovered. The crash killed another 35 service members, whose bodies have not yet been located. Source

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Skyraider wreck discovered in the Everglades

The wreck of an AD-4 Skyraider was recently rediscovered in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft, BuNo 128988, crashed there on 19 May 1955, killing its pilot Lt Norman Dolsen of VMA-324. The Marines recovered Dolsen’s body at the time, but the wreckage was not. Source

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World’s only airworthy F-86A Sabre to return to the US

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The world’s only airworthy F-86A Sabre, Duxford-based s/n 48-178, will return shortly to the US. Source

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Wing Commander Archie Boyd †

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Wing Commander Archie Boyd, who has died aged 95, flew during the Battle of Britain and was later one of the RAF’s most successful night fighter leaders. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen †

Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen, who has died aged 92,  was a fighter pilot who saved British wartime convoys in the Bay of Biscay and en route to Murmansk and was twice decorated for gallantry. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Australian pilot posthumously awarded US Silver Star after 72 years

A B-25 Mitchell being refuelled. (Photo USAF)

On July 26, 1942, Flying Officer Mobsby and four American crew took off from Port Moresby to attack Japanese flying boats at Gasmata, New Britain. Their B-25 Mitchell was shot down by Japanese fighters, killing all on board. All the American crew members were posthumously awarded the American Silver Star, but F/O Mobsby was left …

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Dennis Kirby †

Dennis Kirby, who has died aged 90, was a wartime Seafire pilot then colonial officer who later built towns in Scotland. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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