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10 Electric Airplanes to Watch

10 Electric Airplanes to Watch

Solar Impulse, a one-seater solar-powered plane,completed a 5695-kilometer bunny hop across the United States on 6 July. The feat deservedly got a lot of attention, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg: Electric flying has been a reality for quite some time, and it’s never been more practical. Aviation is a slow-moving industry, but […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cyril Frank Uwins, a British record-breaking test pilot for Bristol Aircraft; he would eventually fly 58 different types of airplanes before the end of his career. 1909 – The first flying machine purchased and put into service by a government is a Wright Flyer; the U.S. Army accepts its first airplane, as “Signal Corps (S.C.) […]

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Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer saved a Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot who ejected from his plane after a midair crash with another jet about 35 miles southeast of Chinconteague, Va., Thursday night. Two 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets collided, with one pilot ejecting and the second able to nurse […]
France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France has become the first country to receive an A400M Atlas military transport from Airbus, bringing to fruition a long-troubled program. The delivery Thursday culminates “a long, complex and thorough process” between Airbus Military and the seven European nations behind the program, France’s DGA military procurement agency said in a statement. Civil and military flight […]

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Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Airbus SAS’s record aircraft output relies increasingly on a fleet of transport planes named after an arctic whale that help ferry large parts across Europe. The European manufacturer plans to operate its fleet of five Belugas at 10,000 hours annually by 2017. That’s twice their usage in 2011, as the hunchbacked jets carry more components […]
Seafair to Feature Patriots Jet Team

Seafair to Feature Patriots Jet Team

The way Mojo tells it, a tail slide sounds harrowing. “The jet goes vertical,” he says, demonstrating with his hand angled up at the sky. “Then the engine stops, and the plane starts flying backward” in a free fall. Mojo, also known as Jeff Jess, is a support pilot and ground-crew member for the Patriots Jet […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Harriet Quimby, a drama critic, becomes the first woman in the U.S. licensed as a qualified pilot. 1913 – Birth of Hiromichi Shinohara, known as the Richthofen of the Orient and the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. 1943 – Operation Tidal Wave, a large-scale air attack by bombers of […]
Canadian Sea Kings: Bittersweet 50th

Canadian Sea Kings: Bittersweet 50th

Canadian Armed Forces pilots have been flying Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopters for 50 years, with the anniversary celebrations taking place this week. That these aging beasts are still flying at all is testament to both the talents of those who have been operating and maintaining the old aircraft, and to the failings of a […]

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Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

It was a bold mission in the middle of World War II: fly into Romania to destroy oil refineries that fueled the German Army. Seventy years ago on Wednesday, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker, then a 36-year-old pilot from Akron, Ohio, and a large armada of American planes flew over Ploesti, Romania, […]
CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to announce the eight final locations under consideration for the home of the new CAF National Airbase. The search for a new headquarters began in May of 2013 with more than 25 interested and viable locations. After careful consideration of each potential location, the CAF Board of Directors […]
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