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Airbus E-Fan Makes First Public Flight

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group’s E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France, on Friday. The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct [...]

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WWI Replicas to Visit Oshkosh Fly-In

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

By the Experimental Aircraft Association Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA’s World War I aviation centennial activities at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 fly-in, which will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The four aircraft – Sopwith [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Ludwig Hautzmayer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1955 – First flight of the FFA P-16 (composite prototype shown), a Swiss jet designed to replace the Swiss Air Force’s piston-engined ground attack planes; only five would be built before the project is cancelled. 1966 – Death of Corrado Gex, Italian aviator [...]

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Apache Crashes in Taiwan, Crew Safe

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

Two Taiwanese pilots were injured on Friday when their Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crash-landed on a building in northern Taiwan during a routine training mission, the military said. The pilots suffered slight facial and leg injuries after crashing on top of the three-story building in Taoyuan county and were taken to hospital. No civilians [...]

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Photos: RAF Intercepts Russian Bombers

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

By Paul Hale, The Huffington Post UK The UK Ministry of Defense has released stunning pictures of the two Russian surveillance planes that were detected off the coast of Scotland on Wednesday, causing the RAF to scramble Typhoon fighters. The RAF Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert aircraft were launched from RAF Leuchars, encountering the two Russian Tupolev [...]

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F-35s Take On F-16s in Air Combat Training

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

The first operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II won’t arrive at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base until late next year, but on Thursday, pilots from the base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings got a head start on training. A group of F-16 pilots and maintainers from the two fighter wings left for Eglin Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. 1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III in attendance. During one flight, Federico Valle accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. [...]

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Dutch F-16s Intercept Russian Bombers

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

Dutch fighter jets scrambled Wednesday to intercept a pair of Russian military aircraft that entered their airspace, a fairly routine action that comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, a Dutch official said. Maj. Wilko Ter Horst said that the military learned around 3:50 p.m. (9:50 a.m. ET) that two Russian Tupolev TU-95 bombers, [...]

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