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Kiwi Skyhawks become museum pieces

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments

The last jet fighter to be operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), the McDonnell Douglas A4K Skyhawk, is set to become a museum piece. After a decade of repeated failed attempts to sell the mothballed fleet of 17 fighters, which were withdrawn from service in 2001, up to nine of the aircraft [...]

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Mk. XIV Spit flies again

Feb 20, 2012 No Comments

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is again able to display its Spitfire Mk.XIV at airshows and open house events. After being grounded for five years, the Spitfire returned to flight status on August 14, 2010, at Camarillo Airport in Southern California, the group’s home field and the location of their extensive [...]

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GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

Feb 14, 2012 No Comments

They don’t get much bigger than this! Check out this huge, 13.5-foot-span Airbus at a European airshow. The 92.5-pound RC model uses four Hacker motors producting 6000 watts and has two radio systems with 18 total servos. Build time was 6 years. Watch the entire video and you’ll see an in-flight view of the parachute [...]

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Flying the B-47

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

Ten years ago in Flight Journal In the April 2002 issue of Flight Journal, the multi-faceted Walt Boyne, known to the world as a familiar face on many TV aviation documentaries as the former Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and as the author of dozens of nationally recognized books and novels, steps [...]

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Boise Bee Born AGA

Jan 20, 2012 No Comments

A super-scarce razorback P-51C Mustang now flies over Idaho in markings commemorating Boise ace Duane Beeson and his Boise Bee of World War II. The Mustang has been on the to-do list for John Paul since he acquired it from aircraft collector and dealer Jack Hardwick in 1978. John, along with his wife Sue and [...]

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Bomber Crew: A day in their lives

Jan 19, 2012 No Comments

B-17 crewmen remember the German missions By Mark Carlson Ex communi periculo fraternitas ‘From common peril, brotherhood’ board each of the thousands of B-17 Flying Fortresses that left the soil of England bound for targets in Europe were 10 young men. Outwardly, they were no different from any late-teen or early-twenties boy you’d meet anywhere [...]

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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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