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The Crash of Independence 08

Oct 30, 2013 No Comments

Sometimes, a 99.96% success rate isn’t good enough. That’s how often the Air Force’s MC-12W Liberty spy planes arrive overhead when needed by U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The twin-turboprop planes are modified versions of the Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350. Their crew of four includes a pair of pilots and a pair of backseat [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 29, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Frederick Stanley “Freddie” Gordon, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, Canada, to Croydon, England, to set a west-to-east North Atlantic crossing record in a Bellanca 28-90 Flash (shown above). 1956 – Operation Kadesh, an Israeli military effort to [...]

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‘Memphis Belle’ Visits Florida

Oct 29, 2013 No Comments

The four-engine bomber bristling with machine guns brings to mind the anxiety of the men who ran Hitler’s gauntlet in the skies over Europe in the bleak days of World War II. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a mass-produced piece of American military history, but only a handful remain. One is right here in [...]

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South Korea May Buy F-35s

Oct 29, 2013 No Comments

A task force formed by South Korea’s defence ministry to re-examine its fighter jet requirements is likely to reaffirm the need for a stealthy fifth generation fighter, giving a boost to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program, according to several industry sources familiar with the tender. The task force was formed last month after a separate [...]

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Kansas Museum Gala About Honors, Fun

Oct 29, 2013 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum’s annual gala, called “Fly Me to the Moon,” will have a different look and atmosphere from galas of the past. It won’t include a dry chicken dinner or a boring speaker, said Lon Smith, Kansas Aviation Museum executive director. “Our whole gala … over the past couple of years has been [...]

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P-51 Doing Its Part to Help Vets

Oct 29, 2013 No Comments

It was an experience U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Deming said he couldn’t say no to. “This is bucket-list stuff right here,” he said. Deming was referring to taking a ride in a North American P-51D Mustang World War II fighter airplane, named “Charlotte’s Chariot,” as part of a Wounded Warrior Association (WWA) trip [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 28, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Clyde Edward Pangborn, also known as “Upside-Down Pangborn;” he was an American aviator, stunt pilot and the first person to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean along with Hugh Herndon, Jr. 1931 – Royal Air Force Squadron Leader O.R. Gayford and Flight Lt. D.L.G. Bett land their Fairey Long-range Monoplane after [...]

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New Zealand Gets 787 Service

Oct 28, 2013 No Comments

The first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly to New Zealand landed at Auckland International Airport on Monday afternoon. The China Southern Airlines plane will now fly daily from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to Auckland. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner replaces the Airbus A330 currently used on the daily Guangzhou to Auckland route, and [...]

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