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USAF Launches Final A-10 Sortie in Europe

May 15, 2013 No Comments

The final A-10 Thunderbolt II tactical sortie in Europe was launched by the U.S. Air Force from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on Tuesday. The airframe belongs to the 52nd Fighter Wing’s 81st Fighter Squadron, which inactivates in June. “I’m proud to be a part of the last sortie,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Hogan, the [...]

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Retired Jets May Have New Mission at Sea

May 15, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Air Force jets that once were at home in the skies may soon find a more permanent residence at sea. The two McDonnell F-101 Voodoo aircraft recently removed from the Panama City Marina and Gulf Coast State College are now being proposed for use as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Although [...]

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Solar Impulse Coming to Texas

May 15, 2013 No Comments

The world’s only 100-percent solar aircraft will fly into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this week and will be on display for aviation enthusiasts at an event tentatively scheduled for noon Saturday. Swiss pilots Andre Borshberg and Bertand Piccard will be the first to pilot a solar aircraft across the country. D/FW Airport is the third stop in the cross-country journey from the [...]

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New Airline Flying into Florida

May 15, 2013 No Comments

A new Memphis, Tenn.-based airline has announced plans to offer direct flights between the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) and cities around the Southeast. Southern Airways Express will launch service to ECP, Destin and other destinations in the Southeast at the end of the month. Instead of large passenger jets, Southern Airways Express will [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2013 No Comments

1884 – Birth of Claude Honoré Desiré Dornier, German airplane builder and founder of Dornier Flugzeugwerke. 1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship. 1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and 40 French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over the River Meuse. 1973 – Skylab, the United [...]

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TV Station Takes Rare Look at HondaJet

May 14, 2013 No Comments

WFMY News 2 of Greensboro, N.C., recently took a rare look at aviation innovation inside Honda Aircraft Co. The headquarters is home of what’s known as the fastest and most fuel-efficient business jet on the planet. Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino designed the seven-seat HondaJet. ”Every time I see this airplane, this is art,” he said. “I [...]

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Farming Looks to Drones as ‘Flying Tractors’

May 14, 2013 No Comments

Drones in the tens of thousands will be in the skies by 2030, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts. But where some may fear precision weapons or flying spy cameras, Steve Markofski sees flying tractors. Markofski, a new business planner for Yamaha, hopes to repeat in the United States the success that the company has had in [...]

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Flying Tigers Vet Honored at Georgia Middle School

May 14, 2013 No Comments

One of only four surviving members of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force was honored Monday night with a concert performance by students of Lovinggood Middle School in Powder Springs, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. Maj. Edward Stiles Sr. is the honoree, is the grandfather of Lovinggood’s assistant band director Michelle Koenig. [...]

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