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X-47B Begins Flights from Carrier

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made a catapult launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 14 off the coast of Virginia. With no human on board, the X-47B executed several planned landing approaches to the carrier before landing at Patuxent [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. [...]

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F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The [...]

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Fifty years old and it could still be the most improved manned interceptor on the planet…

May 13, 2013 1 Comment

By Steve Pace It was first publicly known as the A-11, then the YF-12A, but it actually began life in total secrecy as the AF-12. We’ll call it the YF-12A because that’s what its buyer, the U.S. Air Force, designated it and it was just one of the many derivatives of the Lockheed-built CIA-funded A-12 [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Troubled Bird

May 13, 2013 3 Comments

The F-35 Approaches U.S. Service By Robert F. Dorr Col. Andrew J. “Drifter” Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, the “Nomads” at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, was talking about the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when he acknowledged a flight restriction on the airplane. “We’re not allowed to fly within 25 miles [...]

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Missile-launching Galaxy coming to Delaware Museum

May 13, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr Only once in history has an intercontinental ballistic missile — an ICBM — been launched from an aircraft in flight. It happened October 24, 1974 when a C-5A Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, launched a 60-foot, 78,000-pound LGM-30F Minuteman II ICBM from its cargo ramp high over the Pacific [...]

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70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

  With a month to go to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, the Royal Air Force Museum London has unveiled the various activities that it has organized to commemorate this historic campaign and the men of 617 Squadron. From 13th to 17th of May the Museum will have on display  a selection of artefacts from the Dambusters [...]

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The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends – August 1-4, 2013

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

 Never been done–at least not since World War II. For the first time since our nation’s heroes made history in the skies over Europe, the general public is now scheduled to see a dedicated team of skydivers jump from a formation trio of Douglas C-47s in “D-Day” invasion livery. And it’s going to happen at [...]

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