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No Plane, No Gain at St. Maarten’s Maho Beach

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

Signs on Maho Beach warn of potential for “extreme bodily harm and/or death,” but the bikini-clad tourists don’t seem concerned. The danger, after all, isn’t related to shark attacks, sudden drop-offs or even reckless flirtation with melanoma — it has to do with jet-blasts at close range. The beach in St. Maarten, unlike any other [...]

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Great Escape’s Fripp Dies at 98

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

The oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war died Thursday at the age of 98. Alfie Fripp was held in 12 different prisoner-of-war camps during World War II after his plane was shot down by the Germans in only the second month of the war. He died in a Bournemouth, England, hospital with his family [...]

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Museum to Restore Veteran Vietnam Jet

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

One day a couple of years ago, a flat-bed truck rolled onto the Museum of Aviation grounds near Warner Robins, Ga., with a weathered old North American F-100 Super Sabre jet strapped to the back. A man saluted as he fought back a wave of emotions. That man was retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

1905 — In efforts to interest the U. S. government in the use of airplanes for the military, Wilbur Wright of Wright brothers fame speaks to Congressman Robert M. Nevin, who asks him to prepare a letter for submission to the secretary of war that Nevin would deliver and endorse. The U.S. Army declines the [...]

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Two New Travel Options for 787 Fans

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

Airline buffs of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, or those simply wanting to travel aboard one of the latest and greatest passenger twin jets, have a few more choices beginning this week. South America’s LAN Airlines became the first carrier to fly the 787 on an international route from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just ahead of United. [...]

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Military Drones Put to Good Use

Jan 03, 2013 1 Comment

A fledgling company in southern Alberta, Canada, is sending drone technology originally designed for the military into the sky to take pictures of sugar beets, potatoes and even cattle in an effort to help farmers better manage their crops and livestock. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used by Lethbridge-based Isis Geomatics can fit in a [...]

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Collings Foundation to Start Warbird Tour in Florida

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

The Collings Foundation’s 24th annual Wings of Freedom national tour will begin at this month’s Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., Jan. 17-20. The tour, which is set to visit more than 100 cities in less than a year, will include B-17 Flying Fortress veteran pilot Marvin Goldberg on the crew of its our inbound flight [...]

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Off Midway Atoll, a Famous Flying Dud

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

In the generally upbeat annals of American military aviation, the plump, snub-nosed little fighter called the Brewster Buffalo stands out as a turkey. The plane had its day of ignominy in the epic Battle of Midway in June 1942, when 19 Marine pilots valiantly engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, a strategic speck [...]

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