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One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

“Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!” Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor’s engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. “I thought, ‘This is it,’ and then all of a sudden, brrrr!” he said, describing the sound [...]

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B-2 Spirit Radar is Updated

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. fleet of 20 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers recently received new radar systems. In the Radar Modernization Program (RMP), Northrop Grumman—maker of the B-2 and manager of RMP—says installation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was finished ahead of schedule in September [2012]. The installation was once slated to be complete in 2010 and [...]

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F-35 Struggling to Fly Out of Harm’s Way

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

After years of delays, cost issues and technical glitches, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is moving toward becoming operational. The Marine Corps is moving aggressively to be first with the JSF by kicking off operations at Yuma, Arizona, with squadron VMFA (AW)-121 “Green Knights” early in 2013. The JSF’s future depends largely [...]

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Aviation Insider: Aviation Museums at the Crossroads

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Walter Boyne, former director of the National Air and Space Museum, explains the business from the inside out  By Barrett Tillman Humans are collectors. We keep items that are important to us and preserve them for future memory—our own and memories of those yet unborn. Therefore, museums represent the institutional memory of nations and cultures, [...]

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One of a Kind: McDonnell XP-67 Bat

Dec 28, 2012 1 Comment

Did McDonnell design the world’s first stealth aircraft … before Pearl Harbor? By Steve Pace Founded by James S. McDonnell in 1939, the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation (McAir) became a major supplier of fighter aircraft to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Yet its first fighter-type offerings—Models 1 through 5, were presented to the U.S. [...]

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Air Travel Chaos Extends Into Thursday

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The holiday air travel nightmare will continue for at least one more day. The winter storm that has snarled flights from coast to coast this week is about to head offshore, but not before it brings wind, rain, snow and poor visibility to airports in the Northeast. More than 700 U.S. flights have been canceled. Not [...]

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Kansas Museum Offers F-4 Sim Flights

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum is offering a rare opportunity for the public to experience a flight in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II simulator. The experience will be available Wednesday through Sunday at the Wichita museum. Detailed flight controls simulate the real thing. A museum volunteer and F-4 simulator creator Justin Messenger will take museum goers [...]

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Washington State C-124 Crash Remembered

Dec 25, 2012 No Comments

It was a few days before Christmas in 1952, and dozens of servicemen at the former Larson Air Force Base were eagerly preparing for a long-awaited trip home for the holidays. Many had won a lottery to be part of “Operation Sleigh Ride,” a U.S. Air Force program designed to bring servicemen home for the [...]

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