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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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Squadron of ‘Lost’ Spitfires Could Fly in Three Years

Nov 29, 2012 No Comments

Archaeologists will begin digging for the historic hoard of at least 36 British fighter planes in January, experts said on Wednesday. A proportion of the aircraft will then be carefully packaged and brought back to the UK next spring, where they will be restored. David Cundall, a farmer and aviation enthusiast from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, has spent [...]

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High School Students Repair Hill AFB’s Vintage Aircraft

Nov 29, 2012 2 Comments

Students at Clearfield High School in Utah are getting hands-on experience in repairing airplanes at Hill Aerospace Museum as part of an aeronautical mechanics course. On Tuesday, a small group of students lined up around a C-7 Caribou that was damaged during a windstorm last year. Using a hydraulic lift, several students were lifted to [...]

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Police Drone Plans Hitting Severe Turbulence

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

One of the latest crime-fighting gadgets to emerge on the wish lists of U.S. law enforcement agencies – drone aircraft – has run into heavy turbulence in Seattle over a plan by police to send miniature robot helicopters buzzing over the city. A recent push for unmanned police aircraft in several cities is being driven largely [...]

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