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F-35 Achieves Live Missile Launch

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Wednesday. The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was fired from an F-35A (AF-6) conventional take-off and landing variant fighter operating from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Edwards [...]

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Fire Scout Makes First Flights

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

A larger and more powerful version of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter made its first two flights on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said as it plans to start using the new aircraft next year. The MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for 7 minutes in its first flight at Naval Base Ventura County [...]

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NASA C-130, Global Hawk Take on Ice

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

By NASA For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt. NASA’s Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to Greenland Wednesday where [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

1869 – Birth of William Adger Moffett, American pilot and architect of U.S. naval aviation; he was later known as the “Air Admiral.” 1926 – Death of Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss), an American stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts and an early aviator. 1944 [...]

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ATV + Parasail = SkyRunner

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

Has the “flying car” finally gotten off the ground? Sales for an innovative vehicle called the SkyRunner began today with its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida. More of a beefed-up paraplane than a roadable aircraft like the Terrafugia Transition, the SkyRunner is a single-seat all-terrain-vehicle with a rear-mounted propeller that attaches to [...]

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F-35 Drops First Laser Weapon in Test

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet dropped a 500-pound bomb this week, hitting a tank at Edwards Air Force Base in California and marking the first time the new warplane, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, has fired a laser-guided weapon, the Pentagon said Wednesday. An F-35 B-model jet released the Guided Bomb Unit-12 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 30, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask, a British World War I flying ace and later a high ranking officer in the Royal Air Force. 1908 – Henri Farman makes the first cross-country flight in Europe, in a Voisin, flying between the French towns of Châlons and Reims. 1918 – Flying a [...]

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Dream Chaser Makes First Flight

Oct 30, 2013 No Comments

A privately owned prototype space plane aced its debut test flight in California but was damaged after landing when a wheel did not drop down, developer Sierra Nevada Corp. said on Tuesday. The Dream Chaser is one of three space taxis under development in partnership with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station [...]

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