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Army Restructures Aviation Units, Assets

Nov 21, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Army will inactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade this year, officials announced Thursday. The 159th CAB is the first of three aviation brigades expected to be cut as part of a five-year aviation restructuring initiative. The other two have not been announced. The 159th, which recently returned from Afghanistan, is one of two combat [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Frenchman Jules Vedrines, in a Blériot monoplane, takes off from Nacy, France, for Cairo, Egypt. The flight will take one month. 1917 – Death of Edward Patrick Hartigan, Irish World War I flying ace, and his observer, David Sidney Hall, a Scottish World War I flying ace; they are killed in action in [...]

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Seahawk, Fire Scout Deploy Together

Nov 20, 2014 No Comments

An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a surface combatant. On Monday, a detachment that included one Sikorsky Seahawk and one Northrop Grumman Fire Scout from the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 deployed aboard the littoral [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Aurel Vlaicu, Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot. 1922 – Death of George Edgar Bruce Lawson, South African World War I flying ace; he is killed in a crash while flying as a passenger aboard an Airco DH.9. 1937 – First flight of the Savoia-Marchetti S.83, an Italian three-engine [...]

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Nigeria May Be First Scorpion Customer

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments

Nigeria is considering acquiring the Textron AirLand Scorpion light strike and surveillance jet as it looks to combat Islamist militants operating within its borders, a senior air force official disclosed on Tuesday. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC Fighter Conference in London, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer said that the Scorpion [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Lincoln Beachey performs the first loop in the U.S. over North Island near San Diego, Calif. 1920 – Birth of Alfred William “Bill” Bedford, British World War II fighter pilot, instructor and Hawker Siddeley test pilot; he later pioneers the development of V/STOL aircraft. 1944 – Death of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World [...]

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Chinese Fighter Disappoints in First Display

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments

The big curiosity at this year’s Airshow China was the prototype Shenyang FC-31 fighter that was making its first public appearance. Previously billed as the J-31, the stealthy-looking aircraft first flew two years ago. It is a smaller complement to the Chengdu J-20, which was the first of the PRC’s new stealth aircraft. Although the aircraft has a configuration [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

1919 – The American Railway Express Company hires a Handley Page V/1500 to carry 1,000 pounds of parcels from New York to Chicago, but the attempt fails due to mechanical problems. 1933 – Birth of Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., American U.S. Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut; he becomes one of only 24 people [...]

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