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California Museum to Get Presidential Jet

Sep 06, 2013 No Comments

Castle Air Museum’s latest addition to its collection is a presidential one. The Atwater, Calif., museum’s staff is expecting the plane, which carried presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, within the next month. “This is a very rare and significant opportunity for the museum to have such an aircraft, with the history associated to it,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1923 – U.S. Army bombers, in a demonstration conducted by Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell, carry out anti-shipping exercises and sink the obsolete battleships U.S.S. Virginia and U.S.S. New Jersey. 1931 - Robert L. “Bob” Hall, the engineer of the Gee Bee Model [...]

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First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

Another World War II warbird will be joining “Maid in the Shade” for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Mt. Vernon, Ill. — “Red Nose.” “She’s a P-51 Mustang fighter made by North American Aviation,” said Dave Gross of the Commemorative Air Force. “She’s part of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing and will be [...]

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Not New Idea

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

In 1915, nearly two decades after patenting the world’s first radio-controlled boat, famed Serbian-America inventor Nicola Tesla imagined fleets of unmanned aerial combat vehicles being sent to war instead of pilots. Little did he know, the U.S. Navy was already hard at work on that very same vision. Between 1898, when Tesla first demonstrated remote [...]

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Semi-Happy Ending for Old Planes

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

Images of the latest gleaming aircraft models regularly pepper websites (including CNN.com), but where do all of those dead airplanes go? The numbers are huge: approximately 12,000 aircraft are set to be decommissioned by 2020. In addition, 2,000-3,000 planes are estimated to have been abandoned around the world (primarily in developing countries) according to the Aircraft Fleet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of José Manuel Sarmento de Beires, Portuguese Army officer and an aviation pioneer; he later flew the first night aerial crossing of the South Atlantic. 1922 – Jimmy Doolittle makes the first cross-country flight across the U.S. in under a day in a de Havilland DH.4; it takes just over 21 hours [...]

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Last RAAF Aardvark Heads to Hawaii

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has bid a final farewell to its last remaining General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, which is being taken from Amberley base, west of Brisbane, to Hawaii. The much-loved fighter bomber had its wings clipped ahead of its last journey to the Pacific Air Museum at Pearl Harbor. “It’s quite an historic [...]

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On Keeping ‘Aluminum Overcast’ Flying

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

Military history enthusiasts can name the statistics of a World War II campaign much in the same way a Milwaukee Brewers fan can recall the batting average of Paul Molitor. To anyone fascinated with the weapons used during that most terrible conflict of the 20th Century, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a favorite because of [...]

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