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SOCOM to Keep NASA OV-10s for Awhile

SOCOM to Keep NASA OV-10s for Awhile

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will keep two borrowed North American Rockwell OV-10G+ Broncos until early next year, when the results of the recently completed Combat Dragon II evaluation are in. What happens to the aircraft afterwards depends on the Department of Defense. “If DoD has no further interest in the OV-10s, then the […]
USAF Museum Shows Off X-Planes

USAF Museum Shows Off X-Planes

Story and photo by NASA Three unique research aircraft previously flown by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center or its predecessor organizations have recently been placed on display at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Museum staff and volunteers moved the Northrop X-4 Bantam and one of two General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft to the exhibit area on […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of John Leacroft, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1909 – As a joke to prove pigs could fly, British aviator John Moore-Brabazon put a small pig in a wastepaper basket tied to a wing strut of his Short Biplane No. 2; the flight may have […]
UK Pilot Starts 7,000-Mile Trip in Stearman

UK Pilot Starts 7,000-Mile Trip in Stearman

With support from Boeing, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor has taken off on a 7,000-mile solo journey, in a reconditioned Boeing Stearman open-cockpit biplane, to retrace Lady Mary Heath’s historic 1928 flight between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Heath was the first pilot, male or female, to make such a journey. Curtis-Taylor, a UK-based pilot, departed […]

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Hemet-Ryan Air Show Thrills Crowd

Hemet-Ryan Air Show Thrills Crowd

Some came to look back at their past, others came to glimpse into their future. No matter their motive, the thousands of people in attendance appeared to enjoy the Hemet-Ryan Air Show in California on Saturday. The crowd spread out across the grounds of the Hemet-Ryan Airport, many in lawn chairs, others on blankets and some […]
Skydivers, Crews Safe After Mid-Air Collision

Skydivers, Crews Safe After Mid-Air Collision

A weekend midair collision over northern Wisconsin sent one small plane careening into the ground while another limped safely back to the runway. Fortunately, both planes were carrying skydivers — meaning that for the 11 people aboard the two aircraft, the collision resulted in nothing more than minor injuries to two of them, firefighters reported. “It’s […]

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Bombardier Delivers 50th Canada-Built 415

Bombardier Delivers 50th Canada-Built 415

The 50th Bombardier 415 to be assembled at the Canadian airframer’s North Bay, Ontario, facility, was sold and delivered to a U.S. partnership on Sunday. The iconic firefighting amphibian known as the Superscooper will be used under contract to the U.S. Forest Service starting next month. Based on the list price, the sale — to a partnership […]
Washington Warbird Museum to Move

Washington Warbird Museum to Move

Story and photo by Heritage Flight Museum The Heritage Flight Museum, located at Bellingham (Wash.) International Airport, has announced that it will be moving its aircraft and collections to its hangar at Skagit Regional Airport. “The people of the community have been fantastic and we regret our need for departure,” said Heritage Flight Museum Executive […]

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NASA C-130, Global Hawk Take on Ice

NASA C-130, Global Hawk Take on Ice

By NASA For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt. NASA’s Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to Greenland Wednesday where […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1869 – Birth of William Adger Moffett, American pilot and architect of U.S. naval aviation; he was later known as the “Air Admiral.” 1926 – Death of Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss), an American stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts and an early aviator. 1944 […]
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