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In the Viper: A Reporter Rides the F-16

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments

Editor’s note: Aviation Week reporter Amy Butler recently flew a Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon, the iconic fighter its pilots refer to as the Viper. The U.S. Air Force’s D model she rode is the latest in a long line of attack jets equipped to suppress and kill enemy radar sites. Butler’s report takes a [...]

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Flights Rerouted Ahead of North Korean Rocket Launch

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments

South Korea said today it plans to reroute passenger flights over the Yellow Sea to avoid possible collisions with debris from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch this month. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said it made the decision after learning that North Korea had informed China and Singapore of [...]

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Saudi F-15 Crashes in Persian Gulf

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments

A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fighter with only the pilot on board crashed into the Persian Gulf while on a training mission in the kingdom’s Eastern Province, the defence ministry announced on Monday. The jet fell into “Saudi territorial waters and the search for the pilot is still ongoing,” the ministry said, adding that an [...]

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70 Planes in 30 Seconds

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments

Want to catch 70 planes flying into San Diego International Airport but don’t want to sit four hours while they do it? Then you’ll enjoy this short video by professional filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker shot a few weeks ago on Black Friday. It’s a fascinating look at just some of the numerous arrivals typical at SAN, [...]

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Deal Reached for 32 More F-35 Fighters

Nov 30, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Defense Department have reached an agreement in principle on a fifth batch of 32 additional F-35 fighter planes, the Pentagon said on Friday, bringing nearly a year of negotiations to a close. The deal is valued at around $3.8 billion, although the two sides are still finalizing details, according to a [...]

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Il-76 Cargo Plane Crashes in Congo

Nov 30, 2012 No Comments

An official in the Republic of Congo’s Air Force confirmed that an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane owned by a private Congolese company crashed on Friday in Brazzaville, the capital. The official, who required anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press, said the cargo plane belongs to Trans Air Congo and appeared [...]

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X-47B UCAS Completes Historic Catapult Launch

Nov 30, 2012 No Comments

The Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator successfully completed its inaugural land-based catapult launch at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., yesterday, marking the start of a new era for naval aviation. “Carrier-based unmanned aircraft will change the concept of operations for the carrier-controlled airspace,” said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the program executive [...]

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‘Out of Africa’ Gipsy Moth Headed to Auction

Nov 29, 2012 No Comments

It’s not often the general public has a chance to buy the star of an Oscar-winning film, but that’s exactly what Bonhams, a U.K.-based auction house, is offering during an auction in Paris next February. The 1929 de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth biplane featured in the 1985′s Out of Africa will be part of a large [...]

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