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Smithsonian Displays Stits ‘Sky Baby’

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., recently got an addition to its immense collection in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Unlike some of the massive airplanes on display there, such as the Space Shuttle, SR-71 and Concorde, this new member of the Smithsonian [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Arthur Clunie “Snowy” Randall, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1915 – First flight of the Sikorsky S-16 (non-flying replica shown), a Russian two-seat, biplane fighter. 1916 – Aircraft from the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet seaplane carriers sink the Ottoman collier Irmingard, the largest ship sunk by air attack in [...]

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F-35C Due to Start Carrier Tests

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

The naval version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is due to start flight tests on an aircraft carrier at sea in October after Lockheed Martin Corp. said it had fixed the tailhook used to arrest the plane’s landing on a ship’s deck. Lockheed was forced to redesign the tailhook, and said Wednesday that the [...]

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Russian Combat Trainer to Fly Singapore Airshow

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

Russia’s new Yak-130 combat trainer will take part in demonstration flights at the Singapore Air Show next month, a government agency said Wednesday. According to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will also showcase models of Su-35 and T-50 fighter jets as well as several civilian aircraft: the Sukhoi [...]

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UK Releases Taranis First Flight Details

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

The UK Ministry of Defense has released some details about the first flight of the BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle concept demonstrator last year. After several months of unconfirmed rumours, the MoD confirmed on Feb. 4 that the aircraft made its first 15-minute flight on Aug. 10, 2013, from an “undisclosed” test facility, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Marcel Anatole Hugues, French World War I fighter ace, World War II pilot and commanding officer. 1929 – First flight of the Fairey Firefly II, a British biplane fighter of all-metal construction. 1933 – Death of James Herman Banning, America’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast; he is killed in a plane crash [...]

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Area 51 Spy Plane, Other Aviation Tales

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments

It looks like an upside-down bathtub with wings, pretty odd for a spy jet that was among the nation’s most highly classified pieces of military hardware. As I stand in front of the plane code-named Tacit Blue at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio, I’m reminded that it still holds a bit of [...]

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Kansas Museum to Get Upgrades

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kans., will receive some badly-needed building improvements, thanks to a Wichita City Council vote Tuesday. The council unanimously approved a $1.8 million project to provide handicapped-accessible restrooms and modern heating and air conditioning to the historic museum, housed in the old city airport terminal at 3350 S. George Washington [...]

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