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OnLine Free Artwork! Spitfire MK. II

Sep 26, 2011 1 Comment

A downloadable, vintage line-drawing of the Spitfire Mk. II by the fabulous William Wylam is available Click Here

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Hydrogen-fueled propulsive system takes wing

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The AeroVironment (AV) Global Observer unmanned air vehicle has flown successfully at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system that is touted by AV “to combine the best attributes of satellites and both manned and unmanned aircraft.” Its revolutionary liquid hydrogen-fueled propulsive system, an LH2 internal combustion powerplant [...]

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Third Time’s the Charm: Boeing Wins the KC-X Competition

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The Boeing Airplane Company won the KC-X competition the first time it was held more than 10 years ago, but the contract was rescinded due to high program leasing plan costs and heavy lobbying by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS). The second time around, EADS won the KC-X competition in February 2008, [...]

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P-8A Poseidon Enters Into Low Rate Initial Production

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command started its initial production phase of the P-8A Poseidon with a six-plane $1.6 billion contract order to initiate Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) at the Boeing Plant 3 facility in Renton, Washington. This first LRIP contract includes spares and logistic and training devices. “In 2004, the U.S. Navy [...]

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Socata Centenary

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

This year marks 100 years of continuous aircraft design and manufacturing by the famous French company Morane-Saulnier, now Daher-Socata. The Morane-Borel monoplane was the company’s very first aircraft; it was put in to limited production as the Morane-Saulnier Type A after the type proved successful in the 1911 Paris-Madrid air race in which Raymond Saulnier [...]

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F-4 still tows the mark

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron (ATRS) based at Tyndall AFB, Florida, operates a fleet of surplus aerial target drones to train fighter pilots in the art of air-to-air combat. Some of these drones, designated QF-4, are now used to tow banner targets behind them to give pilots additional gunnery training. Originally built by the McDonnell [...]

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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is world’s newest jetliner

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The largest ever Boeing airliner has made a successful first flight. The 4-hour 25-minute flight was from Boeing’s 747 production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to Boeing’s developmental site at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. This newest version of the 747 took off at 9:59 a.m. and landed at 2:24 p.m. local time. [...]

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Aerial Firebombers

Aug 27, 2011 No Comments

  August of 2001 saw us riding along with photographer/writer Ted Carlson as he flew in an entirely different theater of combat than what’s usually seen in Flight Journal: forest fire fighting. The enemy was no less lethal than the Axis powers and when the Grumman S-2F Trackers and helicopters of the California Department of [...]

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