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Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

The “Gooney Bird” wasn’t alone By Steve Pace The Classic C-46 Commando was originally marketed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a pressurized 20-passenger “sub-stratosphere transport” for the masses but earned its stripes doing heavy lifting in WW II. Curtiss-Wright Corporation designed and built its proposed CW-20T twin-engine passenger airliner as an advanced higher-flying, larger-capacity alternative [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

1912 – The world’s first hydroplane competitions are held in Monaco; Belgian Jules Fisher is the overall winner. He is one of only two non-French pilots of the eight starters and flies a Henry Farman machine. 1931 – TWA Flight 599, a Fokker F.10 Trimotor, crashes near Bazaar, Kan., killing all eight aboard, including University of Notre Dame [...]

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Unidentified Jet Seen Over Southwest U.S.

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

The identity of what appears to be a blended wing-body aircraft type photographed over Amarillo, Texas, on March 10 remains uncertain, with the U.S. Air Force declining any comment on the aircraft. Three aircraft were observed flying in formation southwest of Amarillo around 4:20 p.m. CDT, by photographers on the fence line of the city’s [...]

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RAF Retires Pair of Tornado Squadrons

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

A phased reduction of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft has taken its latest step, with two frontline units having been stood down on Friday. The service’s 12 and 617 squadrons ceased operations with a disbandment ceremony conducted at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, which from mid-2014 will instead become home to its Eurofighter Typhoon-equipped 1 [...]

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Delta Makes First-Ever Jet Donation

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

A ceremony on Friday thanked Delta Air Lines for donating a jet to Montana’s Helena Regional Airport that will be used to train emergency responders nationwide and from foreign countries. The Bombardier CRJ aircraft, a 50-passenger regional jet that’s typically used to link Montana cities and ferry passengers to airline hubs in the West, is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Henri Fabre’s Hydroavion, the first powered seaplane in the world, makes it maiden flight off Martigues, France. The hydroplane flies for about 1,600 feet and reaches an altitude of seven feet. 1912 – Birth of Marina Mikhailovna Raskova, famous Russian navigator and often referred to as the “Russian Amelia Earhart.” 1948 – Boeing [...]

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CAF Bearcat to Fly at Palm Springs

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

The Grumman F8F Bearcat operated by the Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing will make a rare flight exhibition at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday. The flight exhibition will take place following the commemorative program “Flying with the Blue Angels” by Larry Packer. The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, was formed in 1946, making it [...]

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Indian Air Force C-130J Crashes, Five Killed

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

A Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules operated by the Indian air force has crashed 72 miles west of the Indian city of Gwailor. The aircraft had departed Agra at 10 a.m. local time for a training mission, says India’s ministry of defence in a brief statement. A court of enquiry into the crash has been ordered. According to Indian media [...]

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