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P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan, the start of a deployment that will upgrade America’s ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts. The deployment, planned before China last month established an air defense zone covering islands controlled by Japan and claimed by Beijing, includes […]
Lockheed Martin Reveals Drone Features

Lockheed Martin Reveals Drone Features

Northrop Grumman, which engineers the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and the Air Force’s Global Hawk surveillance plane in San Diego, Calif., recently showed off two smaller drones at the company’s burgeoning Rancho Bernardo offices. The defense giant has 2,000 employees at its San Diego “unmanned systems center of excellence” and recently took occupancy of […]

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Air New Zealand Reveals Latest Livery

Air New Zealand Reveals Latest Livery

Hobbit fans can finally see the most-anticipated character in the movie trilogy, the dragon Smaug. While Smaug has previously been glimpsed in part, his full body has never been revealed. Ahead of the premiere of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Desolation of Smaug,” Air New Zealand on Monday unveiled a 54-metre long image […]
Woman Donates ‘Forgotten’ Cessna

Woman Donates ‘Forgotten’ Cessna

This may be closest that the Sonoma County, Calif., aviation buffs come to unearthing buried treasure. A letter from out of the blue advised Christina Olds of the Pacific Coast Air Museum that a woman in Marin County wished to donate her airplane. The other day, Olds and several members of the private airplane museum at […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Lucien Eugene Cayol, French World War I flying ace. 1912 – The aeronautical division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps receives the first “flying boat,” a Curtiss Model F (shown), capable of takeoff from water. 1940 – Death of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator; he is shot down in his Farman […]
CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

A vote by members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will allow the organization’s board to move its headquarters from Midland, Texas, the CAF announced Friday. The CAF Airpower Museum will remain in Midland, and Midland International Airport will continue to host CAF’s annual Airsho. In an election held to consider a proposed amendment to the CAF’s bylaws, 75.1 […]

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Irish Helicopter Unit Turns 50

Irish Helicopter Unit Turns 50

The Irish Air Corps celebrated the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation on Tuesday. The pioneering pilots of the Air Corps introduced rotary aviation to Ireland when they flew two Alouette III helicopters from France to Ireland, landing in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on Nov. 26, 1963. The arrival of these helicopters, callsigns “A195” and “A196,'” signaled the […]
Video: X-47B Continues Sea Trials

Video: X-47B Continues Sea Trials

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt returned to port last week after hosting the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle for more at-sea trials. The goal was to test the aircraft’s interaction with the ship in off-nominal wind conditions. Nominal conditions are winds up to 25 knots right down the runway on deck. Testers were looking […]

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B-52s Fly Through China Defense Zone

B-52s Fly Through China Defense Zone

Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan — and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the region by declaring a new air defense zone over a large part of the East China Sea, Washington responded by flying two unarmed Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers through […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter. 1943 – Death […]
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