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Peterson AFB C-130s Prepare for Summer Wildfires

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Ten crews of highly trained pilots shook off the rust and were retrained for Modular Air Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lockheed C-130′s use in aerial fire fighting. The operators are volunteer air force reservists with the U.S. Air Force [...]

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Solar Impulse Makes Final Test Flight Above San Francisco

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

A solar-powered plane with a unique look that took off  Tuesday morning from Moffett Airfield in Mountain View passed over the Golden Gate Bridge just after 2 p.m. The lightweight plane known as the Solar Impulse, which has a wingspan of 208 feet, was about 3,000 feet in the air as flew above San Francisco and [...]

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Ethiopian Airlines First to Resume 787 Flights

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Ethiopian Airlines is set to become the world’s first carrier to resume flying Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, with a commercial flight on Saturday to neighbouring Kenya, two airline sources said. The Dreamliners have been grounded since regulators ordered all 50 planes out of the skies in mid-January after batteries on two of them overheated. U.S. regulators approved a [...]

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Newly Rebuilt Me 262 Loses Canopy at Texas Airport

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

An antique jet fighter lost its canopy Tuesday morning as it attempted to take off from Midland International Airport in West Texas, but the pilot and passenger escaped injury, according to a news release from the city of Midland. Midland police and firefighters responded to a report of the plane crash at 11:11 a.m. The cause [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led China National Aviation Corp. through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. He flew the first flight over the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots in World War II to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains) for resupplying the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the U.S. [...]

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After The Battle: The Flying ICU

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

Three critically injured patients need immediate transfer to a medical facility outside of Afghanistan. One has a shot to the head, the other has missing limbs and the last has an open abdominal wound. Without a mobile intensive care unit, these patients will not make the flight out. For members of the U.S Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Englishman Denys Corbett Wilson makes the first aeroplane crossing from Britain to Ireland. 1924 – Birth of William Harry Allen, U.S. Army Air Forces World War II fighter pilot who scored five victories on a single mission. 1939 – First flight of Lockheed Vega Starliner. 1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of [...]

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Minnesota Couple Leads Effort to Build Biplane Replica

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

The husband-and wife team of Mark Marino and Sandra Ettestad doesn’t shy away from a lofty challenge. The Duluth couple is spearheading an effort to build from scratch a nearly authentic working replica of a 100-year-old airplane without the benefit of any surviving components or written plans. Their only guideposts? A handful of photographs, some basic [...]

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