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First A400M Finally Delivered to France

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

The handover of the first Airbus A400M turboprop transport took place during a ceremony Monday at the aircraft’s final assembly line in Seville, Spain, an event that formalized the aircraft’s previous delivery to the French Air Force two months ago. The first four-engined A400M, which was rolled out in 2008 and took its maiden flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Victor Maslin Yeates, British World War I flying ace and author; he was best known for his semi-autobiographical book “Winged Victory.” 1911 – Cromwell Dixon, flying a Curtiss Model D “Pusher,” becomes the first aviator to cross the Continental Divide, from Helena, Mont., to Blossburg, some 15 miles to the west, [...]

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Russians Search for Soviet Bomber in Alaska

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

On Aug. 12, 1937, the world watched as a massive Russian bomber took off from an airdrome near Moscow. Stalin’s war ministry abandoned its usual secrecy and invited Western reporters to see the event. Shutters clicked and cameras rolled as great red wings lifted the Bolkhovitinov DB-A into the evening air. Captain Sigizmund Levanevsky banked [...]

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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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