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Pacific Ocean (October 28, 2004) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the ÒMaraudersÓ of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two (VFA-82), lowers its tail hook in preparation for landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Perry Solomon (RELEASED)

On Upgrading Super Hornets

With the U.S. Navy using its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets more rigorously than initially expected, Boeing has started preliminary assessments of what is needed to overhaul the aircraft, increase its combat life and keep it relevant much later into this century. That work—along with the accompanying need for more parts and future additional domestic as well as international F-18 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Cecil Guelph Brock, Canadian World War I flying ace who participated at the dogfight which conducted to Manfred Von Richtofen’s death. 1941 – Nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious score a torpedo hit on the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, aggravating damage she had sustained […]

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F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

As people across the Netherlands viewed in person and on TV, the nation’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs touch down for the first time at Leeuwarden Air Base May 23 – a date that will live forever in Netherlands military history. Pilots Col. Bert “Vidal” de Smit and Maj. Pascal “Smiley” Smaal conducted a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane. 1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter. 1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, […]

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‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday deemed the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate. The airworthiness certificate is the most notable milestone yet for the team working to restore the historic B-29. It also comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Ruth Blaney Alexander, U.S. female pioneer aviator. 1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant (shown), British four-engined jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V bomber nuclear force; it is originally developed for high-level strategic missions. 1967 – A prototype Dassault Mirage F1, French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft, crashes due to […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Antoine Laplasse, French pioneer aviator and World War I flying ace. 1930 – First flight of the Blériot Bl-110 nicknamed “Joseph Le Brix,” a French high-wing single-engine monoplane designed for endurance records. 1959 – The newly-formed Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks, flying gold-finished North American Sabres, performs its first demonstration at […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Elwyn Roy “Bo” King, Australian World War I fighter ace and instructor during World War II. 1917 – Death of Julius Busa, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he is shot down by Italian ace Francesco Baracca in a SPAD S.VII. 1927 – Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, N.J., around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter. She is the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. 1936 – First flight of the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane, a British research aircraft. 1996 – ValuJet Flight 592, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes […]
F-35 Assembly Lines Ramp Up

F-35 Assembly Lines Ramp Up

As green-skinned, half-assembled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters take shape, this massive factory that once cranked out thousands of World War II bombers is preparing to get real busy again. F-35 production is slated to hit full steam in 2019, and Lockheed Martin is reshaping its final assembly line to get ready. Not far from the nine assembly stations […]
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