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USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works

Dec 09, 2014 No Comments

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Last week, Defense News-Intercepts talked with the U.S. Air Force general who is leading the testing and preparation for the CAS mission. Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the military aviation community [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash. 1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alexandre Léonel Pierre “Lionel” de Marmier, French World War I flying ace and Nieuport test pilot; he also became a pioneering airliner and airmail pilot, as well as a test pilot for Air France, and flew in the Spanish War and World War II. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first [...]

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A-10 Retirement May Be Blocked

Dec 03, 2014 No Comments

U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week. Senior aides from the House and Senate Armed Services committees told reporters Tuesday a compromise 2015 National Defense [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace. 1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair. 1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between [...]

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Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

Starting in January, Israel Air Force (IAF) cadets will take to the skies in new Lavi advanced trainers, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jets slated to replace A-4 Skyhawks by 2016 in Flying Tiger Squadron 102. Five of 30 aircraft on order arrived here in recent months, along with the first of four ground-based training systems [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1911 – Charles Weymann pilots the Nieuport IVG monoplane to win the military aviation trials at Reims in France. 1957 – First flight of the Piaggio P.166 (shown), Italian pusher-type utility aircraft; it is a development of the P.136 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Hugh Allport Hay, British World War I flying ace. 1917 – Zeppelin LZ59 (LZ-104) ends its first flight by completing a journey through Africa in 96 hours. 1944 – The first bombing attack (since the Doolittle Raid) against Tokyo, the Japanese capital, from the east and by land is carried out [...]

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