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On this date in 1988, KC-135A, 60-0317, was returning from TDY to KI Sawyer. The aircraft made a hard landing following a steep approach in crosswind conditions and went off the side of the runway and broke up. A fire erupted. All crew members were lost. A firefighting exercise had just completed, and the team […]

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Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI
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On this day in aviation history…

Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI

18 October 1922: At Selfridge Field, near Mount Clemens, Michigan, Assistant Chief of the Air Service Brigadier General William Mitchell set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Absolute Speed Record flying a Curtiss R-6 biplane, Air Service serial number A.S. 68564, over a 1 kilometer course at a speed of 358.84 kilometers per hour (222.973 miles per […]

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On this date in 1975

Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI

In October and November of 1975 several UFOs were reported near not only Wurtsmith's weapons storage area, but three other bases across the country. https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP88-01315R000300070001-4.pdf      

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The first B-52, the XB-52, rolled out on this date in 1951

Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI

The Air Force issued requirement for a new strategic bomber in November 1945. Boeing won the contract bid June 5, 1946. The B-52 design evolved from a straight-wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype B-52s with eight turbojet engines. By early 1949, Boeing was preparing two prototypes, the XB-52 and YB-52, […]