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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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RAF Squadron to Relocate, Rearm

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

One of the Royal Air Force’s oldest squadrons is set to leave its home on the Marham base in 2015 to be relocated with Scotland’s Typhoon jets. The historic Number II squadron last year celebrated 100 years of service and is now to be re-equipped with the latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets, which will replace the [...]

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Russia Receives Final Group of Su-34s

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

A batch of Su-34 fighter jets was delivered to Russia’s military Monday in the final consignment under a 2008 deal with the Defense Ministry for Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers. The aircraft, also known by the NATO codename Fullback, were handed over at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, which is part [...]

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