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Royal Navy to Fly ScanEagle UAV

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

The UK Royal Navy is poised to conduct its first operational flights with the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagleunmanned air system, as the service continues to evaluate its long-term requirements for such equipment. “The [ScanEagle] system starts real operations from this week, on maritime security patrols in the [Arabian] Gulf and in the Indian Ocean,” says Cdr. Bow Wheaton, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Phillip Bernard “Bruce” Prothero, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1919 – Royal Air Force Maj. A.S.C. MacLaren and Capt. Robert Halley arrive in Delhi, completing the first England-India flight, in a Handley Page V/1500. 1937 – First flight of the Beechcraft Model 18, or “Twin Beech” (military version, the Beech [...]

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U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. The United Nations force started using drones – a first for the world body – last month to help it monitor armed groups operating along Congo’s border zone with [...]

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Texas Museum Wants Ex-LBJ Jet

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By The Associated Press A battle is brewing over who gets to display the Air Force One jet aboard which president Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office. The Austin American-Statesman reports the LBJ Foundation raised millions of dollars and planned to build a pavilion by the LBJ Presidential Library to house the VC-137C, [...]

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JAL 787 Grounded by Battery Woes

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner remained grounded at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Wednesday as regulators demanded checks to see if the aircraft was fit to fly, a day after white smoke vented from the plane and a battery cell showed signs of melting. The incident comes a year after JAL and ANA Holdings grounded their Dreamliner fleets [...]

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Ohio Aviation Museum Two Showcases in One

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

Liberty Aviation Museum, located in picturesque Port Clinton, Ohio, is actually two museums in one. As you walk into the gallery, you are struck by telling two stories. As you enter the main gallery, traditional World War II items are on display. Anything from flight suits to instrument panels and even a piece of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

1906 – First air exhibition of the Aero Club of America opens for eight days in the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City. 1917 – Capt. C.F. Collet of the Royal Flying Corps becomes the first British service flyer to make parachute jump when he uses a Calthrop “Guardian Angel” parachute [...]

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Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. “It’s still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane,” said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her [...]

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