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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1939 – Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires of No. 602 and No. 603 Squadrons bring down a Heinkel He-111 near Haddington in Lothian. This is the first enemy aircraft to be brought down on mainland Britain during World War II. 1949 [...]

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Helicopters to Star at Heroes Air Show

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments

The American Heroes Air Show, to be held Nov. 7 at Oviedo, Fla., is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation experience designed to profile rotary-wing aviation’s unique capabilities and dynamic role in law enforcement, public safety, communications, Search & Rescue as well as homeland security and national defense. With event planning and execution handled by [...]

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Northrop Grumman Wins LRS-B Competition

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

Northrop Grumman won the contract to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-gen Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), an industry-shaping deal that breathes new life into the world’s sixth-largest defense company. Northrop’s win is a game-changer for the aerospace company, which is currently the sixth-largest defense contractor, behind Lockheed and Boeing. With the contract in hand, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1931 – Herbert John Louis “Bert” Hinkler takes off in a de Havilland Puss Moth from Canada for a solo flight to London, via Central America and the South Atlantic. He will become only the second person to cross the Atlantic solo, after Charles [...]

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USAF Nearing Bomber Decision

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force is poised to deliver the decision of the decade, with reports that the Long-Range Strike Bomber contract award could be announced as early as Tuesday. Two key steps must take place, and Bloomberg reports that the first has already taken place. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, convened a meeting on [...]

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Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

Oct 23, 2015 No Comments

The last Avro Vulcan bomber to take to the skies will remain a “living aircraft” despite coming to the end of its flying days, according to the trust dedicated to its preservation. The 55-year-old XH558 has been thrilling millions of enthusiasts around the UK this summer in its last-ever flying season. But it loses its permit [...]

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Marine Pilot Lost in Hornet Crash

Oct 22, 2015 No Comments

A Marine Corps fighter pilot died when a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England on Wednesday morning, the service confirmed. British media reported this morning that the single-seater crashed in farmland near Redmere, northwest of the base, and was returning to the United States via the United Kingdom after a deployment to the [...]

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Bird Biplane – Lindbergh’s pick for Anne

Oct 21, 2015 No Comments

In 1929, Brunner-Winkle had a hit with their Bird model A biplane, but by the end of the 1920s, even the seemingly inexhaustible supply of surplus Curtiss OX-5 engines had begun to dry up. Airframe manufacturers were scrambling to find new engines, and at the same time, engine manufacturers had seen the writing on the [...]

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