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Photo: Two Generations of Naval Aviation

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The future of fixed-wing naval aviation flies with the U.S. Navy’s oldest aircraft. Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift performs a short takeoff in a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II assigned to the F-35 Integrated Test Facility while Jerry Gallagher and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene wait in a de Havilland NU-1B Otter from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot [...]

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U.S. Air Force to Fly Last X-51A Vehicle

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force says it now plans to fly the last in a series of four Boeing-built experimental hypersonic vehicles in late spring or early summer under a troubled testing program that the service weighed canceling following an Aug. 14 failure. During that flight, the third X-51A Waverider vehicle veered off course soon after [...]

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American Airlines Set to Get New Livery Soon

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

American Airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER has shown up at Paine Field, Wash., and not many were expecting to see a gray body with a white tail. Where is the polished aluminum? Is this a special livery for the 300ER or is this American moving to a completely new design? It looks like that they are [...]

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Oldest Battle of Britain Pilot Dies at 99

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died Sunday at home in London. Walker, a Spitfire fighter pilot, was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle on August 26, 1940, [...]

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2 Killed in Crash of Home-Built Plane

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

Two people died Tuesday when a small plane crashed and burned north of the Byron, Calif., Airport, Contra Costa County authorities said. The experimental Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III, a single-engine, home-built airplane, crashed in a field 4 miles northeast of the airport at about 2 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities initially believed that [...]

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Marines Get Ready For F-35 Ops At Yuma

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing to begin operations for the first operational F-35 Lightning II squadron next month at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and officials are optimistic for a mid-month standup despite some challenges ahead. Key to starting up squadron operations will be a small but growing cadre of maintainers, pilots and aircraft, says Col. [...]

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U.S., ROK Showcase Skills During 2012 Air Power Day

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

Osan Air Base hosted 65,000 visitors to reinforce the enduring partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea during an Air Power Day celebration held Oct. 20 and 21. More than 22 Pacific Air Forces aircraft were on display while the ROK’s premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, took to the skies to demonstrate their [...]

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Serbia Looks at Forming New Airline, Seeks 12 Airbus Jets

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

Serbia is looking at the idea of carving a new airline out of the loss-making JAT Airways business, with the government to help with the leasing of new aircraft from EADS’s Airbus, Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic told local newspaper Blic. Government guarantees would back the new leases but a rejuvenated airline could then link up [...]

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