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NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

Mar 28, 2016 No Comments

It is the morning of the last test flight before the first joint NASA-NOAA mission to map melting ice caps, and “Miss Piggy” is being difficult. Sitting on the flightline just outside Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base, the venerable Orion P-3, refurbished three years ago, is oozing some hydraulic fluid. And just before [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2016 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Herbert Frank Stacey Drewittt, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1918 – U.S. Naval Reserve Force pilot Ensign John F. McNamara, flying from RNAS Portland (an Royal Navy air station in England), makes the first attack on an enemy submarine by a U.S. naval aviator. 1930 – First flight of [...]

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‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

Mar 24, 2016 No Comments

The first presidential aircraft to be called Air Force One is being resurrected by a company in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. On Wednesday, the aircraft built in 1948 spread its wings once again. The first Air Force One, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C121A Constellation, flew from Arizona to Texas to its final destination in Bridgewater, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 23, 2016 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Gustave Victorin Daladier, French World War I fighter ace. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps is formed. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D Skyknight, (D-2s shown), a U.S. twin-engine, midwing jet fighter, designed as a carrier-based all-weather aircraft. 1961 – Death of Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko, Soviet fighter pilot [...]

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English WWII Collection Auctioned

Mar 22, 2016 No Comments

A replica Supermarine Spitfire, sold as part of a collection of rare aircraft memorabilia dating from the Second World War, fetched £34,000 when it went under the hammer. The sale, which took place at Sutton on Saturday, was organized by Cambridgeshire, England, auctioneers Cheffins. It raised a total of £160,000 – double the expected amount. Star [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2016 No Comments

1825 – Birth of Alexander Fedorovich Mozhayskiy, Russian naval officer, aviation pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-aircraft. 1931 – Australian National Airways Avro 618 Ten (a licensed built Fokker F-VII) “Southern Cloud” disappears in poor weather. The crash site is in heavily timbered mountainous terrain within the Snowy Mountains about 16 miles east of the [...]

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Technicalities May Cause F-16 Line to Stop

Mar 20, 2016 No Comments

On the 45th anniversary of the F-16 lightweight fighter’s first flight, Lockheed Martin faces the very real prospect of turning off “Fighting Falcon” production as prospective customers like Pakistan struggle to clear the U.S. government’s regulatory and funding processes. After assembling more than 4,500 F-16s in almost 140 different configurations, the Fort Worth, Texas, production [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 10, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Gregory Hamilton Blaxland, Australian World War I flying ace. 1915 – World War I’s Battle of Neuve Chappelle opens. The assault on Neuve Chappelle is based, for the first time in the history of warfare, on maps prepared solely by photographic reconnaissance. The battle also includes the first attempt at air [...]

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