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Tales of the Red Tails

Jan 18, 2012 1 Comment

In September 1939, while Europe was erupting for the second time in two generations, America slowly prepared for war. That month, the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama applied to the Civil Aeronautics Administration to participate in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT). Thereby, black males tentatively became eligible for government flight training—a revolutionary development in American [...]

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F-22 Raptor fleet returns to flight—almost

Jan 10, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force experienced a setback with the F-22 Raptor at one base on October 21 immediately after announcing, with seemingly misplaced fanfare, that America’s superfighter was back in the air again. The 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia idled its F-22s—again—again after a pilot reported oxygen loss in mid-flight. “Part [...]

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Another FW 190A is reborn

Jan 05, 2012 2 Comments

A reconstructed Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter flew for the first time over its home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 9, 2011, thanks to an alliance with the German Flugwerk company that also manufactures full-size Fw 190A reproduction aircraft kits. Owners Don and Linda Hansen began the Focke Wulf’s restoration in 2000. Frank Hohmann [...]

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T-38 Replacement Road Tour

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

In its effort to promote the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) is a perfect replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s T-38C Talon, two Hawks embarked upon a “road tour” of the United States that began with an airshow performance in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 21. The tour was scheduled to end in January at [...]

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B-17 Flying Fortress Online Free Artwork

Dec 27, 2011 1 Comment

There’s that wonderful word again: Free! This time we’re offering high- quality PDF downloads of William Wylam’s fabulous drawing of the B-17G Flying Fortress. The detailing is incredible and the PDF could be blown up to almost any size without losing quality. Enjoy! Click here.  

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On this Day in Aviation History – December 21

Dec 21, 2011 No Comments

1988: Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) Boeing 747 ‘Maid of the Seas’ is destroyed in mid-air by a terrorist bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground are killed.   1982: The last V-bomber squadron of Britain’s RAF 44 is disbanded at Waddington, Lincolnshire.      [...]

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Microsoft Co-Founder to Build Space Jet

Dec 15, 2011 No Comments

<param Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will build the world’s largest airplane as a mobile platform for launching satellites at low cost, which he believes could transform the space industry. Andy Pasztor has details on The News Hub. More Info On WSJ: Click Here

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On this Day in Aviation History — December 14

Dec 14, 2011 No Comments

1986:     Burt Rutan’s Voyager takes off for what will be the first flight around the world without refueling. The challenging 26,366-mile flight took just over 9 days in very cramped quarters for the two pilots on-board. Burt was approached by his brother Dick about designing an airplane that could fly nonstop, unrefueled around the world, [...]

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