This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

November 5th, 1959

A fire developed during the 4th free flight of the North American X-15.

Scott Crossfield was forced to make an emergency landing after a small engine fire developed. The North American X-15 was not designed to land with a full payload of fuel so the landing broke the “back” of the X-15. After this accident, it took 3 months for repairs to be completed.

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This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

October 26th, 1940

First flight of the North American P-51 Mustang.

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and first flew on 26 October.

The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang’s performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, matching or bettering that of the Luftwaffe’s fighters. The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns.

From late 1943, P-51Bs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF’s Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF’s 2 TAF and the USAAF’s Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean and Italian theaters, and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down.

Source:

Wikipedia, North American P-51 Mustang: https://gstv.us/2fhnWz6

YouTube, Great Planes – North American P-51 Mustang: https://gstv.us/2ReWlNS

YouTube, Flight Characteristics of the North American P-51 Mustang: How to Fly the P-51 Fighter: http://gstv.us/1NuP2KY

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This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

September 24th, 1949

First flight of the North American T-28 Trojan.

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War….

Source:

Wikipedia, North American T-28 Trojan: http://gstv.us/1LxGGTL

YouTube, North American T-28: http://gstv.us/1LxGMe7

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This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

August 31st, 1958

First flight of the North American A-5 Vigilante.

The North American A-5 Vigilante was a carrier-based supersonic bomber designed and built by North American Aviation for the United States Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike role to replace the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was very short; however, as the RA-5C, it saw extensive service during the Vietnam War in the tactical strike reconnaissance role. Prior to the unification of the Navy designation sequence with the Air Force sequence in 1962, it was designated the A3J Vigilante…..

Source:

Wikipedia, North American RA-5C Vigilante: http://gstv.us/1fQ0Qeh

YouTube, Aircraft Familiarization in the A3J Vigilante (1962): http://gstv.us/2bUg3fr

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This Day in Aviation History

This Day in Aviation History

July 16th, 1965

First flight of the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco.

The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is an American turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. It can carry up to three tons of external munitions, internal loads such as paratroopers or stretchers, and can loiter for three or more hours….

Source:

Wikipedia, North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco: http://gstv.us/29JtwDO

YouTube, Rockwell OV 10 Bronco in perspective: http://gstv.us/29JuMH6

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