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F-22 Completes First Combat Ops Against IS

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet. An Air Force official confirmed that the Lockheed Martin Raptor was used over Syria Monday during nighttime operations against the Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups as part of a joint force of US and Arabian [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 22, 2014 No Comments

1914 – The first British air attack on Germany takes place when four Sopwith Tabloid three-seaters of No.1 Squadron RNAS strike the Zeppelin sheds at Dusseldorf and Cologne. 1939 – Birth of Antonio Gallus, Italian Air force pilot and member of aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori. 1950 – First crossing of the Atlantic in a jet [...]

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Australian Museum Acquires Super Connie

Sep 22, 2014 No Comments

The Manila International Airport Authority in Manila, Philippines, recently announced an auction to forcibly sell off a dozen dormant airliners which had lain more or less abandoned at the airfield’s general aviation facility for some years now. These included five DC-9′s, an Antonov 24, Yak-40, four DC-3s and most importantly a Lockheed Super Constellation. The civilianized, former [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 19, 2014 No Comments

1902 – The first flight over London is made by Stanley Spencer in his airship “Mellin,” a 75-foot-long dirigible powered by a 3-hp water-cooled engine; he makes a trip of 30 miles. 1924 – First flight of the Junkers G 24 (shown), a German three-engine, all-metal, low-wing passenger plane. 1925 – Birth of Masajiro “Mike” [...]

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IAF Gifts Dakota to Bangladesh

Sep 19, 2014 No Comments

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has gifted a Dakota aircraft from its museum to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) following a formal request. This is also to further strengthen historical ties between neighbours, the IAF said in a media release on Thursday. Air Marshal SS Soman, air officer commanding-in-chief Western Air Command, handed over the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Hubert Cecil Hunt, British World War I flying ace. 1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first rotorcraft crossing of the English Channel with his autogyro Cierva C.8L, from Croydon, England, to Le Bourget, France. 1948 – First flight of the Convair XF-92, the first American delta-wing prototype jet aircraft [...]

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Fix for JSF Engines Could Revive Test Fleet

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

Retrofitting a fix to the F135 propulsion systems in the 21-aircraft-strong Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II test fleet could begin in November and be complete as soon as early next year, according to Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines. This would finally get the program back into a solid pace of flight testing, which has been [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

1901 – Birth of Sir Francis Charles Chichester, British aviator and sailor. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, scores his first victory, with an Albatros D.II over a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b over Cambrai, France. 1941 – First operational sortie by a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is made by a [...]

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