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The Sequester vs. Air Shows

Apr 29, 2013 No Comments

The budget sequester cuts that are a great deal of concern in the Pensacola, Fla., area are having far-reaching effects as dozens of other communities look ahead to the loss of Blue Angels and Thunderbirds air shows. Many air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies [...]

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787 Returns to Flight: A Boeing Perspective

Apr 28, 2013 No Comments

Editor’s note: The following story is an April 27th entry on Randy’s Journal, a blog written by Boeing executive Randy Tinseth, and offers a unique perspective on the first flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner after its problematic battery issues — which kept the worldwide 787 fleet grounded for some time — had been resolved. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Ernst Udet, German World War I pilot, film actor and Luftwaffe officer, was born. He was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of WWI, one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war. Udet’s 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in [...]

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Air Show Returns to Eastern Alabama

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments

The Auburn University Regional Airport is bringing the first true air show to eastern Alabama since 1984 when the Auburn-Opelika Airshow kicks off on May 11. Attendees will be able to watch aerobatic displays, see vintage warbirds, participate in the Touch A Truck event and see the newly constructed terminal at the Auburn University Regional Airport. [...]

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Take to the Skies Airfest Kicks Off Oklahoma Air Show Season

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments

The world of aviation will descend on Durant, Okla., this weekend during the Take to the Skies Airfest at the Durant Regional Airport Eaker Field. The event, sponsored by Choctaw Casino & Resort, will commemorate those who have served and are serving in the armed forces. Saturday’s opening ceremonies will include Choctaw dancers, singers, honor guards, [...]

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Israel Shoots Down Drone Possibly Sent by Hezbollah

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments

The Israeli military said it shot down a drone on Thursday, five nautical miles off the coast of its northern port of Haifa, after tracking it for an hour as it flew south along the Lebanese coast. “Once we confirmed that it was not a friendly aircraft and it had entered Israeli airspace, Lockheed Martin [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 25, 2013 No Comments

1868 – Birth of John Bevins Moisant, American aviator. He designed, built and flew the first metal aircraft, an experimental aluminium plane, in 1909. 1940 – Hermann Förster is the first German night fighter pilot to shoot down a British bomber during World War II. Flying a Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1, he downs a Handley Page [...]

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CAF AirPower History Tour Announces Summer Stops

Apr 25, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber FIFI – the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world – will be the feature World War II airplane in their summer tour that includes more than 20 stops starting May 15 in Birmingham, Ala. The CAF AirPower History Tour continues through October and [...]

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