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RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Geoff Jones After bearing the brunt of NATO’s insurgency air power in toppling General Gadaffi and bringing freedom to the Libyan people, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Royal Air Force’s multi-role strike Panavia Tornado aircraft are to be retired from front-line service. In a further twist, the announcement also [...]

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Two Mustangs, One Duck, and an Army Threat

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Did you hear about the P-51 pilot who made ace on the same mission he was shot down—by two Mustangs? Or the P-47 pilot who flew a combat mission with a duck? Or the deployed Hellcat ace who received a summons from the Army to report for duty or face possible prison [...]

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Photo of the Day

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A groundcrew member from U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-132 signals to an Boeing EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa on Thursday. The VAQ-132 Scorpions are deployed in Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash., [...]

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California School Gets 727 for Program

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet with 47,900 hours under its wings made its final flight Thursday morning, landing at Riverside (Calif.) Municipal Airport under a ceremonial water arch to become a laboratory for students in California Baptist University’s new aviation science program. Professor C. Daniel Prather, chairman of the university’s aviation science program, said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Camille Lagesse, a Canadian WWI fighter ace credited with 20 victories. 1912 – Lt. Commander Charles Samson flies a Short S.38 from the deck of battleship HMS Africa moored in the River Medway, England, becoming the first British naval aviator. 1945 – A U.S. Army Air Corps Northrop P-61B Black Widow, [...]

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U.S. DC-8 Operations Winding Down

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

After nearly 54 years of service, DC-8 operations in the U.S. are set to become even rarer with the pending retirement of Air Transport International’s (ATI) remaining DC-8 fleet, according to an Aviation Week report on Tuesday. ATI is withdrawing its last four DC-8s from service early this year and replacing them with 757s. Once [...]

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787 Woes Continue, This Time on ANA, JAL

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight by Japan’s All Nippon Airways had to be cancelled Wednesday because of a brake problem, an airport spokesman said, the third problem to hit the aircraft in as many days. ANA 698 was cancelled because brake parts from the rear left undercarriage needed to be replaced, said the spokesman at Yamaguchi [...]

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Aviation Buff’s Cockpit Display Draws Driveway Crowd

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

A plane enthusiast restored the cockpit of a Cold War fighter jet and proudly parked it on his driveway. Neil McCarthy, 37, renovated the nose of the battered de Havilland Vampire T.11 jet for display in front of his family home in Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, England. He says his wife Amanda and children Ryan, two, and Nathan, 18 months, [...]

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