Military

Canadian Museum Gets Starfighter

Mar 30, 2013 No Comments

Thomas Hinderks felt like a kid at Christmas when two shipping containers delivered pieces of a Canadair CF-104D Starfighter aircraft to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Canada, Friday morning. After waiting almost 18 months to acquire the Cold War-era plane from the Netherlands, the museum’s executive director didn’t hesitate to sling himself up six feet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 29, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot, was born; she was a test pilot on the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and Dornier Do 17 as well as one of the few pilots to fly the Focke-Achgelis Fa 61, the first fully controllable helicopter. 1939 – The Curtiss YP-37 (shown above), a single-engined fighter based on the company’s [...]

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Silver Star Recipient Recounts Vietnam Evac Flight

Mar 29, 2013 No Comments

Frank Montgomery doesn’t fit the image of the typical Vietnam veteran. First of all, he’s 89 years old, and Vietnam wasn’t his first taste of a combat zone. A World War II veteran who also served during the Korean War, Montgomery was flying North American P-51 Mustang fighter planes before most of his fellow Vietnam [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 28, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Henri Fabre makes the first flights in the world’s first seaplane, which he invented, at Matigues, France. 1931 – Boeing Air Transport, National Air Transport, Varney Airlines and Pacific Air Transport combine as United Air Lines, providing coast-to-coast passenger and mail service in the U.S. It takes 27 hours to fly the route in one direction. 1961 – The Royal Canadian [...]

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Washington-State Air Base Receives Its Last C-17

Mar 28, 2013 No Comments

McChord Field, near Tacoma, Wash., has been home to several military cargo aircraft going back to World War II: the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the Fairchild C-82 Packet, the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II and the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. But none has been called to war for as long as the four-engine Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. McChord [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Romanian Trajan Vuia begins tests of his airplane, newly fitted with steering surfaces. He makes a short flight of 33 feet in Paris, France. 1931 – The crash of a TWA Fokker F.10 at Bazaar, Kan., prompts the first grounding of an aircraft type. The grounding was ordered by the U.S. Commerce Department. 1945 – The final V-2 missile to hit England [...]

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Rock Band to Back Avro Vulcan Restoration

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

A rising rock band are hoping to drum up support for the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan V bomber, “The Spirit of Great Britain.” Metal outfit Knock Out Kaine have pledged all the proceeds from their upcoming single to the campaign to keep XH558 — based at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, England — in the skies. The Midlands-based [...]

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Aviation Nation Air Show Cancelled

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

Aviation Nation, an annual fixture that draws thousands of people to Nellis Air Base near Las Vegas, is the latest victim of federal budget cuts. U.S. Air Force Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base wing commander, announced cancellation of the event, which had been scheduled this year for Nov. 9-10. “Aviation Nation is a very [...]

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