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Fly-Ins: Don’t Miss ‘Em!

Oct 14, 2012 2 Comments

OK, I’ve got a confession to make: until Saturday, I’ve never been to a fly-in. Yep, I know what you’re thinking: how can any self-respecting plane buff wait so long to attend a fly-in? Well, I don’t know, but that’s irrelevant now, ’cause I’ve got one under my belt. When I got back home, I [...]

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Court Orders Arrest of Kingfisher Airlines Boss

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

An Indian court Friday ordered the arrest of the highflying owner of Kingfisher Airlines for bouncing checks, adding to the beleaguered airline’s woes as its struggles to resume flights that have been grounded since the start of the month. The cash-strapped airline has stopped selling tickets on its website through Oct. 20 and is still [...]

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Storied F-111 Heads to New Home in Kentucky

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

Four vehicles carrying the Bowling Green, Ky., Aviation Heritage Park’s next exhibit are expected to arrive in town late Friday afternoon. Trailers are hauling the largest plane planned to be on display at the park: a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark flown on the 1986 raid on Libya led by Bowling Green’s Arnie Franklin, then an Air [...]

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Iraq to Buy Czech L-159 Trainer Jets

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported. “Further talks about purchasing the L-159 will take place on Friday between the Iraqi and Czech defense ministries,” he said. Talks [...]

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Mitsubishi to Build F-35s in Japan

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a local final assembly and checkout line for the F-35 Lightning II. The first Japanese-produced F-35 is scheduled to roll off Mitsubishi’s Nagoya line in 2017, says John Balderson, director of Japan F-35 business development for Lockheed Martin. “We are greatly honoured that Japan chose the F-35,” he adds, speaking to Flightglobal on the sidelines [...]

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New Orleans Proposed Hub for Start-Up Airline

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Baton Rouge, La., businessman, whose investment group has long been looking to bring a low-cost airline hub to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, told the Regional Planning Commission this week that there’s just one thing standing in the way: He needs a nod from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “It’s in the mayor’s court,” said John Miller, [...]

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Hawker Hurricane Headed for Auction Block

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft like one of the many that defended British shores during World War II’s Battle of Britain will be the star attraction at Bonhams’ sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands – the spiritual home of the Hurricane – in Weybridge, Surrey, England, on Monday, Dec. 3. [...]

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Turkey Forces Down Syrian Airbus

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

Turkey scrambled fighters to force a Syrian passenger plane to land on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border. Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A320, carrying around 30 passengers, into the airport in Ankara hours [...]

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