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B-25 Visits Future Home of Aviation Museum

B-25 Visits Future Home of Aviation Museum

A gigantic iron bird the color of gunmetal is causing quite the squawk at the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville, Calif., and folks behind the Jimmy Doolittle Center, for one, are enthused. More than likely because they’ve got an impressive warbird, a World War II B-25 Mitchell nicknamed “Tondelayo,” nesting just inside the Copart hangar […]
USMC Uses Tablet to Land Helicopters

USMC Uses Tablet to Land Helicopters

U.S. Marines recently landed Kaman K-MAX and MD Helicopters MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an iPad-like mini-tablet device during a demonstration at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Navy and Corps officials said. “With one touch of a mini-tablet in their hand, they have been able to autonomously land a full-size helicopter onto an unprepared […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of William James Alexander Weir, Australian World War I flying ace. 1913 – Death of Emmanouil Argyropoulos, Greek pioneer aviator, in a captured Ottoman Blériot XI during the Balkan Wars; apart from being the first Greek aviator who performed a flight over his homeland, he also became the first casualty in Greek […]
Goodyear Tests New Zeppelin

Goodyear Tests New Zeppelin

It’s a new era for Goodyear’s iconic blimp. You could call it the Age of the Zeppelin. Cue the guitars! The Ohio-based tire and rubber company started testing its next-generation airship last month at Goodyear’s airfield near Akron, Ohio. Yes, this is an actual Zeppelin airship, made in partnership with the German company that dates […]

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Italian Flight Demo Team Shows Skills

Italian Flight Demo Team Shows Skills

Italy’s national acrobatics flying team entertained Americans and Italians during a brief demonstration over Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy Friday. Frecce Tricolori is based at nearby Rivolto Air Base and performs at air shows around the world. It’s become a tradition for the team to provide a brief demonstration of its abilities over Aviano. […]
Seattle’s Museum of Flight Adds Wildcat

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Adds Wildcat

What do you do with a military airplane that’s too old even for the reserves? In the case of a World War II General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, you turn it into a playground attraction. Then, of course, you wait for aviation historians to realize its importance, restore it and hang it in a museum. That last […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Geoffrey William Hemming, British World War I flying ace. 1904 – Gabriel Voisin successfully flies a modified Archdeacon glider at Berck sur Mer, Picardie, in northern France; Voisin added a canard to the design and his longest flight on this day is 25 seconds. 1933 – Two British aircraft, a Westland PV-3 and a Westland […]
Monster Model P-40 Warhawk: First Flight Video!

Monster Model P-40 Warhawk: First Flight Video!

Watching the first flight of this giant 7.6-foot-span warbird is a real treat! Piloted by Josef Spielhofer of the Austrian Falcon Wings, the plane weighs in at 61 pounds and is powered by a 3W 150 R2 inline engine and uses Weatronics radio gear. Watch to the very end for a landing that will get […]

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Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Some of the most iconic artifacts of aviation and space history are getting an updated display for the 21st century, with the Apollo moon landing as the centerpiece. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight. The […]
‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

As the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion looms, an airplane that dropped paratroopers into that epic World War II battle will greet visitors at this week’s Riverside Air Show in California. “Being able to sit in the seat that an 18-year-old (paratrooper) sat in 70 years ago, ready to jump (into combat), is kind […]
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