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Brazil Picks Gripen Fighter

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

Brazil has selected the Saab Gripen E/F for the 36 aircraft F-X2 requirement to replace its air force’s older combat types. With an acquisition cost in the region of $4.5 billion, the Gripens will replace the Dassault Mirage 2000C fighters operated by the 1st Air Defence Group and a number of the modernised Northrop F-5EMs in four [...]

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Indian Fighter to Begin Final Testing

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

The world’s lightest and India-developed supersonic fighter Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is battle-ready for testing by Indian Air Force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays. “The home-grown aircraft is ready for flight tests by IAF pilots to assess its air prowess and [...]

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Pacific Aviation Museum a Must-See

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

An airplane recovered from the depths of Lake Michigan, another flown by a future president (George H.W. Bush) and one rescued from the scrap heap of time from the Hawaiian island of Niihau are all part of the displays at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The planes are shown in two World War II-era hangars [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maurice Lea Cooper, Irish World War I flying ace. 1933 – First flight of the Northrop XFT (shown), an American prototype monoplane equipped with a single engine. 1941 – U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Buzz Wagner becomes the first U.S. ace of the war. 1970 – Airbus Industrie is formally established to develop the [...]

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RAF Squadron to Keep Reapers

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

The British government today confirmed that RAF Waddington’s elite 13 Squadron will remain the spearhead of armed Reaper drones for the foreseeable future. The Lincolnshire base began controlling armed drones over Afghanistan from an operational theatre at RAF Waddington earlier this year. But activists insist the shift from a US base was a major switch in [...]

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USAF Celebrates 20 Years of C-17

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

By The Associated Press The U.S. Air Force is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, its workhorse transport aircraft. A ceremony scheduled for Wednesday is being held at Joint Base Charleston’s Air Base in South Carolina. Air Force spokesman Staff Sgt. William O’Brien says Col. Darren Hartford, the commander of the 437th [...]

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Latest Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

The first female commercial jet airline captain and a fighter pilot turned astronaut in Gemini and Apollo space missions are among six aerospace pioneers who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, next year. Ron Kaplan, the hall’s enshrinement director, said Tuesday the number of inductees in the class [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Karl Emil Schäfer, German World War I fighter ace. 1903 – The Wright brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, N.C.;  after years of dedicated research and development, Orville and Wilbur Wright fly 120 feet in the first practical airplane and on their fourth flight they manage 850 feet. 1941 – A Yokosuka E14Y floatplane (Allied reporting name “Glen”) [...]

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