Military

Wanna Buy a Jump Jet? There’s One on Ebay

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

From time to time, some unusual items appear on eBay, such as the state of West Virginia, but this latest one is actually obtainable. Yep, it’s a genuine British Aerospace Sea Harrier, the naval version of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, best known as the Jump Jet. The model in question is actually an FA2, the updated version [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

1869 – Largest hydrogen balloon ever to make a free (untethered) ascent, makes a short flight from the Champs de Mars in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 424,000 cubic feet. 1902 – Birth of William “Bill” Powell Lear, American inventor and businessman best known for founding the Lear Jet Corp., a manufacturer of business jets. 1942 – First [...]

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Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

For those of us who couldn’t make it to the 2013 edition of the Paris Air Show, the folks at Popular Science (you know, the publication that predicted we’d all have flying cars by now) posted a story yesterday on some of the aircraft that were displayed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. While not a comprehensive [...]

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Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

A host of vintage aircraft and one modern fighter jet will take to the skies today in the first Atlantic City Airshow without a single military act. Organizers searched farther than ever to find enough acts to round out a lineup that took a hit, along with the rest of the country’s airshows, when federal budget [...]

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Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

Sandra Seaward wants it made known the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is still in the community and it’s still vitally important to the Canadian town of Gander (Newfoundland & Labrador). Located on the Trans Canada Highway in Gander, near the Tourism Information Centre, the museum tracks the history of the Gander International Airport, and houses [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, American aviation pioneer, is born. He becomes chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only USAF general to hold five-star rank and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. 1919 – The world’s most modern airliner, [...]

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Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

David Martin learned to fly in the mid-1960s as a member of the South African Air Force, and one of the first planes he guided was a Harvard. Built by North American, Harvards were legendary ­training planes, and decades later the so-called “yellow birds” still awe Martin, 64. He still flies them as a member of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Bogart Rogers, American World War I flying ace, movie producer and writer. 1916 – Argentinian Angel María Zuloaga crosses the Andes with the balloon “Newbery Eduardo” from Santiago du Chili to Uspallata. 1927 – First flight of the Polikarpov Po-2 (also known as the U-2 and shown above), a general-purpose Soviet biplane used for a variety of [...]

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