Pilot Missing As Navy Hornets Collide

Sep 12, 2014 No Comments by

The U.S. Navy is searching for one pilot and treating the injuries of another after two Boeing F/A-18 Hornets crashed after colliding Friday over the western Pacific while operating from an aircraft carrier. The aircraft, part of Carrier Air Wing 17 on the USS Carl Vinson, belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113, according to a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments by

1896 – Birth of Edgar James Kingston McCloughry, Australian World War I fighter ace and balloon buster; post-WWI, he became an engineer and later served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England; Italian Guido Janello, flying a Savoia S.13, is the only [...]

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Tributes Held for Pilot Lost at Air Races

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments by

The Reno Air Races will hold a tribute later this week for Lee Behel, the veteran pilot killed in a Monday crash at Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada. Behel, a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard, died in a crash on Monday during a [...]

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Russian Bombers Practice Attacks on West

Sep 09, 2014 No Comments by

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales. The Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada’s northeast. Analysis of the flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1914 – The first Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Wakamiya conducts the world’s first naval-launched air raids during the early months of World War I from Kiaochow Bay off Tsingtao, China. 1942 – Death of François de Labouchere (shown), French World [...]

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Restoring a PBY Catalina

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by

Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport (KSFM) is a municipally-owned airport located in Sanford, Maine. It is home to a fixed wing flight school, rotary wing flight school, a school specializing in ATP licenses, as well as a full host of FBO services. There is also an excellent diner to facilitate the infamous “$100 hamburger.” KSFM was [...]

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Marines Call Helicopter Escape ‘Miracle’

Sep 04, 2014 No Comments

Twenty-five U.S. Marines and sailors scrambled Monday morning to escape a USMC Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter as it sunk to the bottom of the Gulf of Aden after it crashed attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde. The 17 Marines and eight sailors on board the helicopter were able to board life rafts deployed from the aircraft itself before [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments

1879 – Birth of Eustace Broke Loraine, pioneer British aviator and first Royal Flying Corps officer to be killed in an aircraft crash. 1917 – England-based single-seat scout aircraft operate at night for the 1st time, when three Sopwith Camels of No.44 Squadron fly patrols against Gotha bombers attacking Chatham. Although no interceptions are made, [...]

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