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C3B: The Original Stearman

Jun 29, 2014 No Comments

When the name Stearman is mentioned in aviation circles, the first thought that comes to mind is of the popular World War II PT-13, PT-17 and N2S biplane military primary training planes that introduced thousands of military pilots to flying. However, for the most part, those airplanes were actually Boeing Model 75 Kaydets. The Stearman [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 27, 2014 No Comments

1862 – Edward Porter Alexander, first Confederate balloonist, goes aloft in the “Silk Dress” balloon to view the Battle of Gaines Mill, ascending several times and returning with valuable intelligence regarding the position of the Union Army; it is the only successful Confederate observation of the Civil War. 1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, [...]

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Frustrated Iraqi PM Buys Russian Fighters

Jun 27, 2014 No Comments

Frustrated by the slow process of acquiring American air power hardware, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has turned elsewhere. He told the BBC’s Arabic Service that Iraq has “bought second-hand fighters from Russia and Belarus that will arrive in a few days’ time.” Al-Maliki’s government is trying to counter a rapid advance by The Islamic [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1909 – The first commercial sale of an airplane in the U.S. is made as Glenn H. Curtiss sells one of his planes to the Aeronautic Society of New York for $7,500. This action spurs the Wright brothers to begin a patent suit to [...]

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Osprey Training with the USMC

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

The VMMT-204 Raptors have been leading the charge in training Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey crews for almost 10 years, since U.S. Marine Corps aviation units began transitioning from the venerable Sikorsky CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to the MV-22 in 2005. Having long outgrown some initial issues common to the introduction of an advanced, next-generation aircraft, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

1923 – First glider flight in the Soviet Union is made by Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov. 1942 – The third of the “Thousand Bomber Raids” of the Royal Air Force is mounted against Bremen; the raid, boasting more than 950 aircraft, marks the last operational sortie of the Avro Manchester, the unsuccessful forerunner of the widely [...]

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B-2 Bomber to Get Upgrades

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is receiving a technological upgrade to allow the service’s bat-winged, nuclear capable bomber to fly through 2058. Air Force officials have started planning the modernization overhaul to include digital nuclear weapons and a new receiver that allows the bomber to receive messages in the event of a nuclear detonation, said [...]

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 “Gustav”

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

The Bf 109 series went through innumerable major and minor design changes throughout its career. However, three were most significant—the E or “Emil,” the F or “Friedrich,” and the G or “Gustav.” The Emil was best known as the Battle of Britain 109, readily distinguished from earlier models by its more streamlined nose, yet retaining [...]

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