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Snowbirds Still Flying Despite Trainer Woes

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Canadian Air Force plans to keep the Snowbirds’ Tutor jets flying while it figures out how to train pilots in the future, Canada’s top general says. Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the defense staff, said replacing the team’s Canadair CT-114A jets, which were delivered in the mid-1960s as trainers, is tied to how [...]

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Indian Navy Inducts Hawk 132 Trainer

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

The Indian Navy inducted the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Hawk 132, a fourth-generation advanced jet trainer aircraft, on Wednesday at an impressive ceremony held at Naval Air Station INS Dega. Admiral DK Joshi, chief of the naval staff, who was the chief guest at the event, inducted the aircraft in the presence of Vice Admiral Anil [...]

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Former U-2 Pilot Recounts Flights

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Art Saboski participated in the Civil Air Patrol as a youth growing up in a small town in North Carolina, never imaging he would be among the first Lockheed U-2 pilots and ending up commander of the 17th Reconnaissance Wing (England), operating a fleet of U-2s providing reconnaissance and battlefield [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Vivian Claude Walsh, New Zealand pioneer aviator and the first man to fly in New Zealand; he becomes the co-founder (with brother Austin Leonard Walsh) of the New Zealand Flying School. 1929 – First flight of the Junkers G.38 (shown above), a large German four-engined transport aircraft that features a blended [...]

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Crash Grounds Aussie Waterbombers

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has grounded a national fleet of waterbombing planes as it continues its investigation into the cause of a fatal crash during last month’s New South Wales bushfires. All of the nation’s Dromader M18 aircraft have been banned from flight as a precautionary measure, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) taking each [...]

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Oklahoma Air Show Set for Saturday

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

The 62nd annual Fairview (Okla.) Fly-In and Air Show will feature a variety of aerobatic acts this Saturday. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Fairview Municipal Airport. Performers include Randy Harris, flying a Skybolt 300, Kate Kyer in a Pitts S-2B, Chuck Powell, parachute jumper, and the OK Barnstormers radio control club. This year, [...]

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Israel Prepares for ‘Blue Flag’ Exercise

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

The Israeli Air Force will conduct a joint drill with a bevy of some 1,000 pilots from three other nations in the Negev Desert later this month. The two-week exercise will take place at the Uvda air base, near the southern resort city of Eilat, and will include air crews from the United States, Italy [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments

1900 – Birth of James Herman Banning (shown above), American aviation pioneer and the country’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast. 1910 – The Willows No. 3, an airship named “City of Cardiff,” arrives in France after the first dirigible flight across the English Channel, making the trip from London in 10 hours, 30 min.; [...]

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