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F-16 Crashes in Arizona; Pilots OK

F-16 Crashes in Arizona; Pilots OK

A Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon of the U.S. Air Force crashed near Luke Air Force Base in suburban Phoenix on Wednesday evening, but both pilots ejected safely, authorities said. The pilots were on a routine training mission when their jet went down just before 7 p.m. in a desert area just west of the airfield, […]
Wanna Buy a Jump Jet? There’s One on Ebay

Wanna Buy a Jump Jet? There’s One on Ebay

From time to time, some unusual items appear on eBay, such as the state of West Virginia, but this latest one is actually obtainable. Yep, it’s a genuine British Aerospace Sea Harrier, the naval version of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, best known as the Jump Jet. The model in question is actually an FA2, the updated version […]

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British Airways Gets First 787

British Airways Gets First 787

British Airways received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today at London’s Heathrow Airport today at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways. “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance […]
Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. […]

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F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1869 – Largest hydrogen balloon ever to make a free (untethered) ascent, makes a short flight from the Champs de Mars in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 424,000 cubic feet. 1902 – Birth of William “Bill” Powell Lear, American inventor and businessman best known for founding the Lear Jet Corp., a manufacturer of business jets. 1942 – First […]

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Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

For those of us who couldn’t make it to the 2013 edition of the Paris Air Show, the folks at Popular Science (you know, the publication that predicted we’d all have flying cars by now) posted a story yesterday on some of the aircraft that were displayed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. While not a comprehensive […]
Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

A host of vintage aircraft and one modern fighter jet will take to the skies today in the first Atlantic City Airshow without a single military act. Organizers searched farther than ever to find enough acts to round out a lineup that took a hit, along with the rest of the country’s airshows, when federal budget […]

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Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Sandra Seaward wants it made known the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is still in the community and it’s still vitally important to the Canadian town of Gander (Newfoundland & Labrador). Located on the Trans Canada Highway in Gander, near the Tourism Information Centre, the museum tracks the history of the Gander International Airport, and houses […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, American aviation pioneer, is born. He becomes chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only USAF general to hold five-star rank and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. 1919 – The world’s most modern airliner, […]
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