This Date in Planelopnik History:  1979

On February 26, 1979, production ended on the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk after 26 years. First flown in 1954, a total of 2,690 copies of the small, nimble, and versatile fighter were produced. The last A-4, an A-4M, was delivered to Marine squadron VMA-331. The fighter was originally envisioned by the Douglas… » 2/26/15 10:50am Yesterday 10:50am

This Date in Planelopnik History: 1965

    February 25, 1965 marks the first flight of the Douglas DC-9. The DC-9 ("DC" stands for "Douglas Commercial") and its variants would go on to become one of the most popular short- to medium-range airliners in the world. The DC-9 is a single aisle, twin-engine airliner designed for frequent, short flights, and was… » 2/25/15 9:24am Wednesday 9:24am

    This Date in Planelopnik History: 1967

    On February 24, 1967, Capt. Hiliard A. Wilbanks was killed while serving as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) flying an unarmed Cessna O-1E Bird Dog observation aircraft in support of Rangers of the Army of the Republic of Vietman (ARVN) at Di Linh South Vietnam. Capt. Wilbanks discovered an enemy ambush position,… » 2/24/15 11:28am Tuesday 11:28am

    Power, this is where it comes from

    This is an interesting video GE put together for one of their latest gas turbine power generators. What got me at the end is how small the power generator is compared to the emission control equipment on the exhaust side. And since I haven't yet finished my first cup of coffee it had a little bit of the… » 2/24/15 8:14am Tuesday 8:14am

    This Date in Planelopnik History:  1974

    On February 22, 1974, Barbara Allen Rainey received her Wings of Gold, becoming the first female aviator in the history of the United States armed forces. She was also the first woman to be qualified as a jet pilot. In 1973, Secretary of the Navy John Warner announced a test program to train female pilots. Allen… » 2/22/15 1:40pm Sunday 1:40pm

    This Date in Planelopnik History:  1999

    February 21, 1999 marks the death at age 85 of Eino Ilmari Juutilainen, the greatest ace of the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat). By the end of the Finnish wars with Russia (1939–40 and 1941–44), Juutilainen had 94 confirmed kills to his credit in 437 sorties, making him the leading non-German ace of WWII (Juutilainen… » 2/21/15 11:55am Saturday 11:55am