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USAF To Ground 17 Combat Air Squadrons

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times. The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making [...]

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Saving the Canso

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

What started out as six farmers from Fairview, Alberta, looking to save a piece of Canadian aviation history, has snowballed into a national movement to get a downed Canso PBY 5A back in the air. Even though the plane already had a Newfoundland connection, St. Anthony and Stephenville is playing a big part in getting it [...]

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Large C-17 Formation Set to Take Off Wednesday

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

A multi-ship formation of Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs is scheduled to take off tomorrow, April 10, to conduct a variety of U.S. Air Force training missions from Joint Base Charleston in North Charleston, N.C. Up to 21 C-17s will take off in the morning and will depart on a training route that will include airdrops, aerial [...]

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Boeing Finishes 787 Testing, FAA to Make Next Move

Apr 06, 2013 No Comments

With a successful flight on Friday, Boeing moved closer to proving that a revamped safety system can prevent batteries on its new 787 Dreamliner from catching fire or overheating, and getting back the plane into service. Friday’s test flight concludes testing after little more than three weeks, and moves the Dreamliner closer to resuming passenger flights, restarting [...]

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MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

Apr 06, 2013 No Comments

The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, the world’s first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, will have its “Balikatan” debut this April 5 to 17. The Ospreys will be used as ship-to-shore connectors. A U.S. Marine Corps statement said that this will the first time the MV-22B will be used to conduct single and dual-point sling loads from a dry [...]

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Five Historic B-25s to Visit Emerald Coast

Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

History buffs will be ecstatic – aviation enthusiasts will be thrilled – the general public will be captivated.  Those are the great reactions to be expected when five lovingly restored, airworthy B-25 Mitchell bombers visit the Destin Airport in conjunction with the activities for the 71st Doolittle Raiders Anniversary Reunion in Fort Walton Beach. There [...]

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Scorpion on the Waterfront

Apr 03, 2013 No Comments

By David Menard In September 1955, General Motors presented its free “World’s Fair of Power” on Chicago’s lakefront. This event was named Powerama and was put together to exhibit to the public examples of everything the company was then currently producing. These included diesel locomotives, giant, earth-moving equipment, a diesel-powered submarine moored nearby, heavy-duty military [...]

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Iconic Firepower: The Outstandingly Bad Mark 13 Torpedo

Apr 03, 2013 4 Comments

By Barrett Tillman The U.S. naval ordnance bureaucracy did some things well in WW II, and some things incredibly poorly—none moreso than torpedoes.  The failure to test a primary fleet weapon adequately—even after its failings were known—appeared criminally negligent.  Both submarine and aircraft torpedoes were scandalously ineffective in 1942-1943. Product of an on-again, off-again program, [...]

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