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Defiant Replica Leaves RAF Cosford

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

A replica of the Boulton Paul Defiant bomber-destroyer aircraft has been loaded on two trucks as it leaves England’s RAF Cosford for a new home. The craft, which took eight years and 50,000 man hours to construct, is the latest in a collection of planes and aircraft parts to be shipped out of Cosford to museums [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator. 1918 – Death of Rupert Randolph Winter, British World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1959 – A Beechcraft Bonanza carrying musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashes near Clear Lake, Iowa, in what has become known as “The Day the Music Died.” 1964 – The [...]

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Flying the Coolest Bizjet

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

What’s the coolest airplane in the world, at least that a civilian could buy? There are some impressive contenders for that unofficial title, including a couple I’ve had the chance to fly in the past year, such as the Gulfstream G650 and the Cessna Citation X+. Flying Magazine recently got the chance to fly yet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Richard Pearman Minifie, Australian World War I fighter ace who also served as a squadron leader in the Air Training Corps of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. 1919 – Death of Leslie Jacob “Rummy” Rummell, American World War I flying ace. 1941 – Eight Fairey Swordfish from the British [...]

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Sikorsky Readies Raider for First Flight

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

Sikorsky is days away from firing the engines of its S-97 Raider, marking the first time the prototype’s coaxial rigid rotor blades will spin in preparation for first flight. “We just burned our first fuel” on 28 January, when the auxiliary power unit (APU) was ignited for the first time, Steve Engebretson, Sikorsky’s director of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of George Robert Howsam, Canadian World War I fighter ace; he also would become director of training for the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. 1932 – First flight of the de Havilland Fox Moth, a British passenger biplane. 1944 – German raids of more than 70 fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking [...]

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Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

Jan 29, 2015 No Comments

The drone revolution, it appears, came along just in time for the U.S. Army. The service’s leaders have decided they can afford neither a new armed scout helicopter nor even the old ones they already own, but there’s always MUM-T — aka Manned Unmanned Teaming, in which manned aircraft work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 27, 2015 No Comments

1920 – Birth of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1927 – First flight of the Douglas T2D (shown), an American twin-engine torpedo bomber; it is the first twin-engined aircraft to operate from an aircraft carrier. 1941 – The first British combined operation between Malta’s reconnaissance and strike aircraft takes place when the German vessel Ingo is [...]

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