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Kentucky Park Gets NASA T-38

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

“Did somebody order an airplane?” joked Worldwide Aircraft Recovery Vice President Marty Batura on Saturday afternoon as he drove a NASA Northrop T-38 Talon airplane into Kentucky’s Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, while members of the Aviation Heritage Park snapped pictures of the arrival. “It’s like a bunch of expectant fathers,” said Bob Pitchford, a [...]

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Ex-Cuban Planes Unlikely to Fly Again

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 – two by hijackers, one by its pilot – all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Carlo Maria Piazza, Italian early aviator. 1912 – A Wright B Flyer, designated S.C. No. 7, is used to make the first flight of an American military airplane outside the continental U.S. when it is flown in the Philippines. 1918 – Germany launches Operation Michael; in the initial attack against the [...]

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Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glen Veno wants to share the “different sensory experience” of the Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter this summer. He’ll get that opportunity, but not in Hamburg Township as he had hoped. And not adjacent to a Vietnam War replica memorial listing his 58,000-plus fellow American soldiers killed in the war. A [...]

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Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former U.S. Navy training plane with a big smile. “It’s good to be mayor,” says Bob Buckhorn, moments after taking a flight across Florida’s Tampa Bay in a North American SNJ single engine prop plane. The plane was part of the Geico Skytypers Airshow team, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 20, 2014 No Comments

1919 – Birth of Toshio Ota, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1932 – Luftschiffbau Zeppelin begins regular trans-atlantic services between Germany and Brazil using the Graf Zeppelin airship. 1950 – Operation Musgrave begins when Royal Air Force Avro Lincoln bombers are sent to Singapore to be used against the Communist guerillas of Malaya in [...]

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Thunderbirds to Headline Florida Air Show

Mar 20, 2014 No Comments

The jets return to the 34th annual Florida International Air Show March 29-30. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will bring the roar, the speed and the action to the Southwest Florida skies this March. It’s enough excitement to make fans break that old bomber jacket out of the closet again. Air show fans will be [...]

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Blue Angels Return to LA County Air Show

Mar 20, 2014 No Comments

Some of the world’s finest aircraft is set to take over the skies above California’s Antelope Valley this weekend. KNX 1070′s Brian Ping reports the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will arrive at Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in preparation for the Los Angeles County Air Show. While the Air Force typically performed about 1,000 flyovers annually before [...]

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