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One of a Kind: Boyd Flying Craft Model C

Jan 21, 2013 5 Comments

By Jay Miller During the heart of the Depression, a stunning number of one-offs and prototype aircraft were designed, and in many cases, built and test flown, under the most humble of circumstances. There were hundreds of these experimental, often homemade, flying machines created not only in hangars, but also in barns, tin sheds, wooden [...]

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RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Geoff Jones After bearing the brunt of NATO’s insurgency air power in toppling General Gadaffi and bringing freedom to the Libyan people, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Royal Air Force’s multi-role strike Panavia Tornado aircraft are to be retired from front-line service. In a further twist, the announcement also [...]

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Two Mustangs, One Duck, and an Army Threat

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Did you hear about the P-51 pilot who made ace on the same mission he was shot down—by two Mustangs? Or the P-47 pilot who flew a combat mission with a duck? Or the deployed Hellcat ace who received a summons from the Army to report for duty or face possible prison [...]

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B-2 Spirit Radar is Updated

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. fleet of 20 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers recently received new radar systems. In the Radar Modernization Program (RMP), Northrop Grumman—maker of the B-2 and manager of RMP—says installation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was finished ahead of schedule in September [2012]. The installation was once slated to be complete in 2010 and [...]

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F-35 Struggling to Fly Out of Harm’s Way

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

After years of delays, cost issues and technical glitches, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is moving toward becoming operational. The Marine Corps is moving aggressively to be first with the JSF by kicking off operations at Yuma, Arizona, with squadron VMFA (AW)-121 “Green Knights” early in 2013. The JSF’s future depends largely [...]

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Aviation Insider: Aviation Museums at the Crossroads

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Walter Boyne, former director of the National Air and Space Museum, explains the business from the inside out  By Barrett Tillman Humans are collectors. We keep items that are important to us and preserve them for future memory—our own and memories of those yet unborn. Therefore, museums represent the institutional memory of nations and cultures, [...]

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One of a Kind: McDonnell XP-67 Bat

Dec 28, 2012 1 Comment

Did McDonnell design the world’s first stealth aircraft … before Pearl Harbor? By Steve Pace Founded by James S. McDonnell in 1939, the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation (McAir) became a major supplier of fighter aircraft to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Yet its first fighter-type offerings—Models 1 through 5, were presented to the U.S. [...]

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Civil Air Patrol to Honor Veterans as Part of Wreath-laying Salute

Dec 07, 2012 No Comments

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Members of Civil Air Patrol are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season. This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and [...]

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