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Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. [...]

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F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

1869 – Largest hydrogen balloon ever to make a free (untethered) ascent, makes a short flight from the Champs de Mars in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 424,000 cubic feet. 1902 – Birth of William “Bill” Powell Lear, American inventor and businessman best known for founding the Lear Jet Corp., a manufacturer of business jets. 1942 – First [...]

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Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

For those of us who couldn’t make it to the 2013 edition of the Paris Air Show, the folks at Popular Science (you know, the publication that predicted we’d all have flying cars by now) posted a story yesterday on some of the aircraft that were displayed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. While not a comprehensive [...]

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Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

A host of vintage aircraft and one modern fighter jet will take to the skies today in the first Atlantic City Airshow without a single military act. Organizers searched farther than ever to find enough acts to round out a lineup that took a hit, along with the rest of the country’s airshows, when federal budget [...]

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Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

Sandra Seaward wants it made known the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is still in the community and it’s still vitally important to the Canadian town of Gander (Newfoundland & Labrador). Located on the Trans Canada Highway in Gander, near the Tourism Information Centre, the museum tracks the history of the Gander International Airport, and houses [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, American aviation pioneer, is born. He becomes chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only USAF general to hold five-star rank and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. 1919 – The world’s most modern airliner, [...]

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Efforts Resume to Find Missing French Flyers

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

Two French aviators had done it, it seemed — accomplished the first, near-unthinkable flight between Paris and New York, and on May 10, 1927, newspapers across France proclaimed “the triumph of French wings” and a “golden age of French aviation.” “Nungesser and Coli have succeeded,”declared La Presse, going so far as to detail their sea [...]

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