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Washington-State Air Base Receives Its Last C-17

Washington-State Air Base Receives Its Last C-17

McChord Field, near Tacoma, Wash., has been home to several military cargo aircraft going back to World War II: the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the Fairchild C-82 Packet, the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II and the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. But none has been called to war for as long as the four-engine Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. McChord […]
Solar Impulse Team to Announce U.S. Tour Stops

Solar Impulse Team to Announce U.S. Tour Stops

A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is preparing to fly across North America. The Swiss creators of the Solar Impulse are announcing today which U.S. cities the experimental plane will visit during its “Across America” tour that kicks off in May. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will display the aircraft and discuss […]

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China’s Version of Air Force One: Just a Plain Plane

China’s Version of Air Force One: Just a Plain Plane

The plane used by Chinese President Xi Jinping for his ongoing four-nation visit will, unknown to many, be shared by common passengers after the tour, a senior official has revealed. Lu Peixin, former chief of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Protocol Department and former Chinese ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, told regional newspaper the Legal […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – Romanian Trajan Vuia begins tests of his airplane, newly fitted with steering surfaces. He makes a short flight of 33 feet in Paris, France. 1931 – The crash of a TWA Fokker F.10 at Bazaar, Kan., prompts the first grounding of an aircraft type. The grounding was ordered by the U.S. Commerce Department. 1945 – The final V-2 missile to hit England […]

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Rock Band to Back Avro Vulcan Restoration

Rock Band to Back Avro Vulcan Restoration

A rising rock band are hoping to drum up support for the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan V bomber, “The Spirit of Great Britain.” Metal outfit Knock Out Kaine have pledged all the proceeds from their upcoming single to the campaign to keep XH558 — based at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, England — in the skies. The Midlands-based […]
Aviation Nation Air Show Cancelled

Aviation Nation Air Show Cancelled

Aviation Nation, an annual fixture that draws thousands of people to Nellis Air Base near Las Vegas, is the latest victim of federal budget cuts. U.S. Air Force Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base wing commander, announced cancellation of the event, which had been scheduled this year for Nov. 9-10. “Aviation Nation is a very […]

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Dreamliner Ready for Phase II After Successful Test Flight

Dreamliner Ready for Phase II After Successful Test Flight

A Boeing  787 Dreamliner took to the sky on Monday in a test flight aimed at showing that the plane’s new lithium-ion battery system meets regulatory safety standards, a key step in ending a two-month, worldwide grounding of the high-tech jet. Monday’s roughly two-hour flight, which Boeing said “went according to plan,” lacked the crowds […]
Get Hands-On with Yankee Air Museum Bombers

Get Hands-On with Yankee Air Museum Bombers

The Yankee Air Museum (YAM) will present its 18th Annual Polishing Party and Bomber Buffing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mich. Participants will get a chance to help polish a four-engine Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber and a twin-engine North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. This is the […]

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Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?

Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?

Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Ensign John McNamara makes the first U.S. Navy attack on a submarine. 1926 – Willy Messerschmitt, a graduate of Munich Technical College and already an experienced designer of light aircraft and sailplanes, forms the Messerschmitt aircraft company. 1928 – Jim Lovell, American astronaut, was born. James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, which […]
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