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CAF Move Encountering Turbulence

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force may move its headquarters out of West Texas but not without facing a fierce dogfight. The nonprofit group, dedicated to preserving military aviation history and memorabilia, sent Midland-Odessa into a tailspin after announcing plans to move part of the organization to another Texas city, including potential sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth [...]

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LOT 787 Latest Dreamliner with Problems

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland’s LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna. The plane was traveling from Toronto to Poland when it was diverted to the Icelandic capital about 1,700 miles short of its destination. The plane’s antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

1880 – Birth of Pier Ruggero Piccio, Italian World War I fighter ace, high ranking officer and politician before World War II. 1922 – The U.S. Navy conducts the first large-scale torpedo bombing exercises when 18 Naval Aircraft Factory PTs attack three battleships and score eight hits in 25 minutes. 1946 – Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr., [...]

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Flying Tigers Reunite in Alabama Today

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

Three of the four surviving members of the Flying Tigers, the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese air force during World War II, will participate in an event recognizing the Army Aviation Association of America Fixed Wing Unit of the Year at Redstone Army Air Field today near Huntsville, Ala. The Flying Tigers who [...]

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QF-16 First Flight Begs Pilot Question

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon is familiar to airplane enthusiasts as the nimble American jet fighter, in service since the 1970s, with a nose like a heron with a severe underbite. Last week saw the maiden flight of the QF-16, which is just an F-16 with one modification: no pilot inside. Drones are everywhere [...]

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Kentucky F-111 Set for New Home

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark has been on display at Kentucky’s Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport for some time. Now final preps are underway for the bird to be moved to its new home. This Sunday around 10:30 p.m., the plane will begin it’s move toward Aviation Heritage Park on Three Springs and Smallhouse Road. The [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 26, 2013 No Comments

1865 – Birth of Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford; she was an English aviatrix, raid pilot and ornithologist. 1918 – French World War I fighter ace René Fonck shoots down six German aircraft. 1944 – The Kommando Nowotny, the first World War II Luftwaffe jet fighter unit for testing and establishing tactics for the Messerschmitt [...]

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Indonesia Completes Su-30 Fighter Fleet

Sep 26, 2013 No Comments

Indonesia has received the last delivery of Sukhoi fighter jets it ordered from a Russian producer, thus turning its Sukhoi Flanker air superiority fighter fleet into one full squadron. The delivery of the last two Sukhoi Su-30 MK2 jets took place on Wednesday in Indonesian air forces base of Hasanuddin, located in the capital city [...]

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