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Mitsubishi to Build F-35s in Japan

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a local final assembly and checkout line for the F-35 Lightning II. The first Japanese-produced F-35 is scheduled to roll off Mitsubishi’s Nagoya line in 2017, says John Balderson, director of Japan F-35 business development for Lockheed Martin. “We are greatly honoured that Japan chose the F-35,” he adds, speaking to Flightglobal on the sidelines [...]

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New Orleans Proposed Hub for Start-Up Airline

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Baton Rouge, La., businessman, whose investment group has long been looking to bring a low-cost airline hub to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, told the Regional Planning Commission this week that there’s just one thing standing in the way: He needs a nod from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “It’s in the mayor’s court,” said John Miller, [...]

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Hawker Hurricane Headed for Auction Block

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft like one of the many that defended British shores during World War II’s Battle of Britain will be the star attraction at Bonhams’ sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands – the spiritual home of the Hurricane – in Weybridge, Surrey, England, on Monday, Dec. 3. [...]

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Turkey Forces Down Syrian Airbus

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

Turkey scrambled fighters to force a Syrian passenger plane to land on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border. Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A320, carrying around 30 passengers, into the airport in Ankara hours [...]

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Woman Gives Birth on Aeroflot Flight

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

OAO Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, diverted a Moscow-bound flight Tuesday from the Ukrainian city of Simferopol to Kharkiv after a passenger gave birth to a girl in mid-flight, the company said. The crew safely delivered the baby yesterday with the help of a nurse who was among the passengers, the Moscow-based carrier said today in an e-mailed [...]

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Ohio Residents Report Aerial Mapping DC-3 to Police

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

Aerial mapping was the mission of a low-flying, World War II-era plane whose back-and-forth flight led curious onlookers to call police Monday. A police dispatcher in Lorain, Ohio, who said he didn’t know the plane’s mission, said he and fellow dispatchers had received calls about the plane. The Douglas DC-3 is owned by Airborne Imaging Inc., [...]

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World’s Largest Airplane May Soon Start India Operations

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines will soon be able to fly Airbus A380s, a super jumbo which is the world’s largest passenger airplane, to India, according to a story in an Indian business publication Tuesday. The civil aviation ministry is planning to relax rules in bilateral air service agreements (ASAs) by doing [...]

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Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan

Oct 09, 2012 No Comments

The following is courtesy of the Zenith Press (zenithpress.com). Congratulations to longtime Flight Journal contributor Robert F. Dorr on the publication of his latest book!   From Hell Hawks! author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and [...]

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