Military

Replica Me 262 Makes Air Tour Debut in Texas

Mar 14, 2013 1 Comment

A replica of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter of World War II makes its first public appearance Friday as the Collings Foundation’s Wing of Freedom tour visits Tyler Pounds Regional Airport this weekend in East Texas. Sixty years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Paul Engelhard makes the first flight in Switzerland, flying a Wright biplane from a frozen lake at St. Moritz. 1914 – Edward O’Hare, American pilot, is born; he was an aviator of the U.S. Navy who became the service’s first flying ace in 1942 and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. 1928 – The first Canadian woman to become a [...]

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Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

Mar 13, 2013 1 Comment

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress is being restored back to flying condition in Kansas. “Doc” was moved to Wichita in 2000 from a California desert and a group called Doc’s Friends is now hoping to get the plane back in the air. “This was the place that it really needed to be and the fact that [...]

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Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Richard C. Johnston has flown every variant of the Lockheed Martin C-130 tactical transport in the last 31 years, but none soared through the clouds more efficiently than the newest C-130 J-model plane. “I actually have flown the 1961 (E-model) when I first started flying C-130 (aircraft) back in 1982,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

1908 –Frederick W. Baldwin piloted the AEA Red Wing, a silk-winged aircraft powered by a V-8 engine, off the frozen Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, N.Y., in what would be the first public demonstration of a powered aircraft flight in the U.S. as well as the first flight by a Canadian pilot. 1930 – Death of Canadian World War I fighter ace and [...]

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Historic Flyover to Mark Historic Walk

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

As many as 200 aircraft will retrace trail of the first crossing of Australia’s Blue Mountains in what organisers say could be among the largest flyovers in Australian history. Scheduled for May 25, the event will be part of the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary 2013-2015 program marking the first recognised European crossing of the mountains by [...]

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Military Pulls Out of Thunder in the Valley

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

The mandatory budget cuts in Washington, D.C., known as the sequester is taking its toll on air shows including Georgia’s Thunder in the Valley Air Show as the armed forces have pulled out. “All branches of the armed forces have informed us they cannot participate,” said Phaedra Childers, the show’s event coordinator, in a release [...]

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Navy Prowler Crashes in Washington State

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Navy aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in eastern Washington on Monday morning, and a newspaper reported that all three crew members died. The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler was reported to have crashed about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Whidbey Island officials said. Mike Welding, an information officer for the base, said he had [...]

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