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Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its […]
Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series begins in February with “They Dared to Fly” in honor of Black History Month. Join several of the original Tuskegee Airmen as they share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. This event features open-forum and question-and-answer sessions. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee […]

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London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter, an Augusta A109E flown by Surrey-based charter […]
Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the […]

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Florida Marina Jet Headed for Retirement

Florida Marina Jet Headed for Retirement

After almost 40 years of service, an icon of downtown Panama City, Fla., soon will go into retirement. For 51 years, a jet has occupied the marina mall as a symbolic homage to the military. With the Marina Redevelopment Project slated to begin this summer, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first has a couple of […]
‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

Four years ago, Capt. Sully Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. On Monday, his copilot, Jeff Skiles, was at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. “Everybody on board that aircraft has some memory of where they were standing, where they were sitting, so it’s always going to be impactful to come back […]

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Aussies Reform Historic Wallaby Airlines Squadron

Aussies Reform Historic Wallaby Airlines Squadron

The Royal Australian Air Force has re-established 35 Squadron, the original “Wallaby Airlines” which transported Australian personnel during the Vietnam War. The new 35 Squadron will be equipped with the de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou replacement, the new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which will start entering service from 2015. RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said […]
Pentagon Report Cites F-35’s ‘Lack of Maturity’

Pentagon Report Cites F-35’s ‘Lack of Maturity’

Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a […]

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RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

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

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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