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Large C-17 Formation Set to Take Off Wednesday

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

A multi-ship formation of Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs is scheduled to take off tomorrow, April 10, to conduct a variety of U.S. Air Force training missions from Joint Base Charleston in North Charleston, N.C. Up to 21 C-17s will take off in the morning and will depart on a training route that will include airdrops, aerial [...]

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MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

Apr 06, 2013 No Comments

The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, the world’s first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, will have its “Balikatan” debut this April 5 to 17. The Ospreys will be used as ship-to-shore connectors. A U.S. Marine Corps statement said that this will the first time the MV-22B will be used to conduct single and dual-point sling loads from a dry [...]

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WWII Through the Eyes of a Youth

Apr 05, 2013 No Comments

We are thrilled to share a feature story from the current issue of Flight Journal from longtime MAN contributor Jim Newman! He notes, “Throughout my 43 years in the U.S., on finding that I grew up in England during the war years, people will ask ‘What was it like? Did you see German aeroplanes?’ Even [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year. 1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at [...]

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San Diego Air Wing Draws Marine Aviation Awards

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Marines from a helicopter squadron in California’s Camp Pendleton who battled insurgents during the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall were honored with 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Awards. Maj. Robert “Troll” Weingart, a Bell AH-1W Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, won the Alfred A. Cunningham aviator of [...]

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Missouri Man Recalls Flying for ‘Pappy’ Boyington

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ed Harper is a true-blue example of the soldiers of World War II. He sits back in his easy chair at his Lake Saint Louis home on one of those sunny days when winter battles with spring recalling how he was just 18 when he and the rest of America [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 01, 2013 No Comments

1916 – French World War I ace Jean Navarre score his first kill, a German Aviatik north of Fismes, France. As one of the pioneer flying aces, he would be credited with twelve confirmed aerial victories. 1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed. 1935 – First flight of the North American T-6 Texan (shown above); more than 15,000 of these trainers are later built. 1954 – Last [...]

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New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

Apr 01, 2013 No Comments

An estimated 30,000 people will be ironing out the kinks in their necks after spending the weekend gazing at the sky at the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow near Blenheim, New Zealand. Airshow organiser Graham Orphan said that despite rain on Saturday, the crowd was out in force for the seventh biennial airshow at the Omaka [...]

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