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CAP Wings Complete Post-Tornado Missions

May 31, 2013 No Comments

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) wings from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas ended their mission May 30 to provide aerial and ground assistance to Moore, Okla., which continues to recover from an EF5 tornado that hit the town on May 20. CAP units worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fly over the tornado’s [...]

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AMX Strike Aircraft Fleet Reaches 200,000 Hours

May 31, 2013 No Comments

The AMX strike aircraft, a single-engined jet used for a variety of missions by Italy and Brazil, amassed 200,000 hours this week, almost 30 years after the prototype’s first flight. The AMX, nicknamed Ghibli in the Italian Air Force, is a light-attack and reconnaissance plane produced in Italy and Brazil according to specifications issued by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Birth of Antonio Larsimont Pergameni, Spanish Civil War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1912 – Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45. His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first true powered flight in history. 1942 – Launch of the Royal [...]

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Discover Aviation Days Returns to Minnesota Airport

May 30, 2013 No Comments

Discover Aviation Days, set for this Saturday and Sunday at Minnesota’s Anoka County-Blaine Airport, is a great opportunity to see and learn about all kinds of aircraft. It will feature displays, fly-overs, informational booths and seminars, a pancake breakfast and lunch as well as a Saturday evening hangar dance. General, corporate, experimental, home-built, World War II fighters, trainers [...]

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Helicopter Day at Georgia Museum Set for Saturday

May 30, 2013 No Comments

The 2nd annual Helicopter Day at the Aviation Wing will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Aviation Wing of the Marietta (Ga.) Museum of History. The event will showcase helicopters used by law enforcement, emergency medical services and our military in the metro Atlanta area. A variety of rotorcraft will be on [...]

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USAF Living Legend Tanker Pilot Recalls Missions

May 30, 2013 No Comments

When he was 23 years old, Billy Batson got his wings. For the next few years, Batson, who grew up in Fayetteville, Ark., flew all over the world — the Azores, the Arctic, Europe, Southeast Asia — flying tankers that refuel planes in midair. He has refueled jets that patrolled the borders of the U.S.S.R. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of  Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov, Russian test pilot, World War I pilot and glider designer; he was one of the founders of soaring in the Soviet Union. 1908 – First passenger flight in Europe occurs as Henri Farman takes up Ernest Archdeacon for a brief flight at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 1935 – First flight [...]

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Stearman Owner Caters to Flying War Vets

May 29, 2013 No Comments

In a hangar at Bryan’s Coulter Airfield in Central Texas sits a 1941 U.S. Navy training aircraft waiting for veterans who learned to fly in the same model plane. Self-described aviation buff Jay Anding, 48, has been offering free flights to World War II aviation veterans since he and his buddies finished restoring the airplane more [...]

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