Plane of the Week: The Red Baron’s Fokker Dr.I

The Fokker Dr.I triplane was introduced in 1917 by Dutch aircraft manufacturer, Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. The WWI fighter aircraft saw widespread service in the spring of 1918. The Fokker Dr.I became famous through Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (the Red Baron), who used it during his last 19 victories. It was also the aircraft in [...]

Ruth Law Oliver: An American Aviatrix

Ruth Law Oliver, who was featured in our Women in Aviation History post earlier this month, passed away 46 years ago on December 1, 1970 in San Francisco. She was 83 years old. Image: A Brief Biography She was born on May 21, 1887 in Massachusetts. Ruth [...]

Aviation Mysteries: D.B. Cooper

45 years ago, on November 24, 1971, an unidentified man hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft somewhere in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The perpetrator has never been located or identified, despite an extensive manhunt and FBI Investigation. To this day, he is known only by his alias [...]

Plane of the Week: JFK’s Air Force One | VC-137C SAM 26000

A CNN article touts it as the "most historic plane in the world." The Air Force One of JFK. It's the SAM 26000, and its a beauty. "This ain't just ANY Air Force One. SAM 26000 saw more historic events than any other -- ranging from the tragic to the [...]

The History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Part 2: Interwar Years & WWII

To read The History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Part 1: WWI, click here.  Post-WWI: Target and Assault Drones Interwar Years After World War I, the aviation industry advanced exponentially. These advancements (particularly within the air transport sector) hindered the testing and operation of unmanned systems. As post-war hostilities decreased, so did [...]