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X-37B Secret Space Plane Lands!

Jun 20, 2012 No Comments by

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.      

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Breitling fleet air-to-air photo

Mar 29, 2012 No Comments by

 Katsuhiko Tokunaga captured this shot of the Breitling fleet above Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland.  It includes seven L-39C Albatros planes composing the fabulous Breitling Jet Team (the world’s largest civilian aerobatics team flying on jets); the Breitling Super Constellation (one of the world’s last three flightworthy “Super Connies”); the pair of orange [...]

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Strange Tale of the Norden Bombsight

Mar 27, 2012 No Comments by

In this 15-minute video, Malcom Gladwell shares the interesting history of the Norden bombsight and its effect on the outcome of WW II.  

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Curtiss Helldiver SB2C Found!

Dec 29, 2011 No Comments by

Randy Jordan went for a dive last week off the coast of Jupiter, Fla.-one of about 600 he does yearly as the owner of Emerald Charters, a scuba diving charter. A group of frightened fish led  Jordan to the discovery of  what might be a  Curtiss Helldiver SB2C, an extremely rare World War II aircraft submerged in [...]

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Monospar ST-12 Restoration

Dec 19, 2011 1 Comment by

The ongoing restoration of General Aircraft Monospar ST-12 VH-UTH at Newark Air Museum is making steady progress, with work on the complex nose-section structure now nearing completion.  VH-UTH’s nose-lamp housing has now been accurately configured to allow the curved rib sections to be connected to the lower fuselage stringers. This particular part of the project [...]

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Beat the traffic: buy a ’54 Aerocar One

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment by

That’s right: you can own a unique piece of aviation history! This rare, fully standard, certified Aerocar One has folding wings that it can tow while it’s driving on the road, and it even has a horn and rear-view mirror! One of only five Aerocars that exist, it has a cruise speed of 100mph, takeoff [...]

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Build your own Supermarine Spitfire!

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

History is being reborne in Cisco, Texas, where Supermarine Spitfire is manufacturing 90-percent-scale (full-size!) kits of the WW II fighter. You, too, could own and fly one of the world’s most legendary aircraft! Here’s the scoop: Iconic aircraft seem to be born that way……Few would doubt that the North American Mustang and the DC3 were [...]

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Pearl Harbor: 70 Years of Memories

Dec 07, 2011 1 Comment

In memory of Pearl Harbor, as she does every Dec. 7, Elizabeth Sanders Smith will place a photo of her husband outside her front door. Her childhood sweetheart in Syracuse was W. Snowdon Smith III, whose grandfather built the famed Snowdon apartments. In October 1941, Elizabeth traveled by train to Utah, where Snowdon served in [...]

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