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VIDEO: X-47B Makes Carrier Landing

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. “It isn’t very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard U.S.S. George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Frank Granger Quigley, decorated Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1919 – British rigid airship R-34 takes off from Long Island, N.Y., for a trip back to Pulham, Norfolk, for the first Atlantic double-crossing (return flight). 1938 – Howard Hughes, along with Harry Connor, Tom Thurlow, Richard Stoddart and Ed Lund, begin a record-breaking round-the-world flight [...]

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Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the Boeing [...]

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Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

Beginning today and continuing for about a month, a Cessna 182 operating under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over a 1,400-square-mile area over parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee to measure the earth’s magnetic field. Blytheville, Ark., Kennett, Mo., Piggott, Ark., and Qulin, Mo., along with other parts of [...]

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Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

It is hoped former crowd favorite the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A flying boat will make a return to next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, International Airshow after a wing refurbishment of the 70-year-old aircraft. One of only two in the southern hemisphere still flying, the Catalina was recently moved into a hangar at New Plymouth, [...]

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Series Focuses on High-Flying Repos

Jul 09, 2013 2 Comments

It isn’t often I get too excited about TV shows. As I’ve grown older, my ability to suspend belief is weakening, which makes watching most of the small screen’s drivel extremely difficult. That includes series in the so-called reality genre as many of them are actually scripted to some degree or another. Regardless, I’m gonna [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 09, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Thomas Gantz Cassady, American World War I flying ace, World War II Office of Strategic Services intelligence officer and businessman. 1924 – The first recorded flight of a live bull takes place when champion breeder Nico V is flown from Rotterdam, Holland, to Paris, France. The bull is carried by KLM in a Fokker [...]

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Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

Jul 09, 2013 No Comments

A pair of famous warbirds will be featured at the Arlington (Wash.) Fly-In, a three-day event that starts Thursday at the city’s airport north of Seattle. The Historic Flight Foundation’s North American P-51 Mustang “Impatient Virgin” will be on display from July 11-13, and a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, courtesy of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum, [...]

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