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Historic Flyover to Mark Historic Walk

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

As many as 200 aircraft will retrace trail of the first crossing of Australia’s Blue Mountains in what organisers say could be among the largest flyovers in Australian history. Scheduled for May 25, the event will be part of the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary 2013-2015 program marking the first recognised European crossing of the mountains by [...]

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Military Pulls Out of Thunder in the Valley

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

The mandatory budget cuts in Washington, D.C., known as the sequester is taking its toll on air shows including Georgia’s Thunder in the Valley Air Show as the armed forces have pulled out. “All branches of the armed forces have informed us they cannot participate,” said Phaedra Childers, the show’s event coordinator, in a release [...]

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Navy Prowler Crashes in Washington State

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Navy aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in eastern Washington on Monday morning, and a newspaper reported that all three crew members died. The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler was reported to have crashed about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Whidbey Island officials said. Mike Welding, an information officer for the base, said he had [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

1912 – U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lahm opened an Army air school at Fort William McKinley, Philippines, with two volunteer students, Lt. Moss L. Love and Cpl. Vernon L. Burge, who later became the first enlisted pilot. 1918 – The first regular international airmail service begins, with Hansa-Brandenburg C.I biplanes linking Vienna, Lviv, Proskurov, and Kiev. 1956  – Curtis L. Brown Jr., U.S. astronaut on [...]

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The Plot to Take Three Qantas 747 to Iran

Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

In the summer of 2008-09, Qantas flew three of its ageing Boeing 747 jumbos to the U.S. to park them at a giant graveyard for commercial planes in the Arizona desert. Each more than two decades old, the workhorses of Qantas’ international fleet were near the end of their working lives for a full-service airline. The [...]

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ROC Air Force Receives New Hawkeyes

Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

Two upgraded Northrop Grumman E-2K Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft operated by the Republic of China Air Force, sent to U.S. for upgrading several years ago, were transported to Kaohsiung International Airport Station in southern Taiwan Saturday for follow-up tests and inspections. In October 2008, the U.S. agreed to the first arms sales deal to [...]

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Texas Warbird Group Takes Fundraising to Next Level

Mar 10, 2013 1 Comment

In today’s stressful economy, you might wonder how the volunteer warbird restoration groups are faring as the country keeps tightening its belts. Well, most continue to live on donations of both money and time, with an odd grant here and there, just as they have been doing for decades. A Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation called Greatest [...]

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Museum of Flight Adds Replica of Earhart’s Plane

Mar 09, 2013 No Comments

Seattle’s Museum of Flight already owns the only known piece of the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra that Amelia Earhart was flying on her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world in 1937. Now, it’s getting a whole Electra. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive in September from Reno and become the centerpiece of a new exhibit [...]

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