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Global Hawks Lead NASA Hurricane Mission

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by NASA The first of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft landed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Aug. 27 after surveying Hurricane Cristobal for the first science flight of NASA’s latest hurricane airborne mission. NASA’s airborne Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission returns to NASA Wallops [...]

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Labor Day Tribute – Rosie the Riveter

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

My Life as Rosie the Riveter By Valerie Snowden I have read about and seen many images about “Rosie the Riveter,” but my story is unique. I was a model with a rivet gun who worked at a factory, and my husband really did fly the very planes that I was advertising to encourage women [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

1783 – Jacques Alexandre César Charles flies the first balloon filled with gas rather than fire-heated air; he uses hydrogen produced by pouring 489 pounds of sulfuric acid on 1,000 pounds of iron. The balloon has a diameter of 12 feet. 1923 – An Air Union Farman F.60 Goliath crashes near East Malling, Kent, England, [...]

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Mentors Helped Shape Thunderbird Pilot

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

As one of six stars of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron, Maj. Jason Curtis has all the qualities of an elite pilot. He’s intelligent, focused, personable and flies with unparalleled precision. He’s also humble — and quick to credit those who guided him during his childhood in Kalispell. Curtis, 33, is returning to his hometown [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Antonio Chiri, Italian World War I fighter ace. 1930 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew ditch their Dornier Wal D-1422 flying boat on the Hudson River, completing the first east-to-west crossing of the Atlantic from Germany to New York. 1944 – First flight of the Martin AM Mauler (shown), a U.S. [...]

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Sudan Rebels Shoot Down UN Helicopter

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

By The Associated Press A rebel commander shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, said a government spokesman. The U.N. has confirmed the crash of one of its helicopters and said it was investigating the cause. The U.N. mission said on Twitter that an Mil Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, which is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

1784 – The son of a Scottish minister, James Tytler, makes the first manned balloon hop in England when his hot-air device makes a brief uncontrolled ascent with Tytler in the basket to an altitude of a few hundred feet. 1913 – Birth of Yoshio Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1944 [...]

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Singapore Sneakily Adds to SG Fleet

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and U.S. Congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs – with an option for eight more – under a contract signed in December 2005. In October 2007 the city-state modified [...]

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