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A-10s Deploy to Europe, Again

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. military has deployed a dozen Cold War-era Fairchild Republic A-10 attack aircraft to Europe amid the escalating assault from pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, an official said. The aircraft, known officially as the Thunderbolt II and unofficially as the Warthog, on Monday departed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany in support of Operation [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Erik Thomas, German World War I flying ace. 1967 – First flight of the Dornier Do 31 (shown), a West German experimental VTOL jet transport. 1971 – Death of Alfred Clayburn Atkey, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1982 – The final flight of Canadair CP-107 Argus 10742 takes place when the marine reconnaissance aircraft is flown [...]

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Spec Ops Squadron Gets New Plane

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

The 5th Special Operations Squadron added yet another airframe to its list of Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft they use to train aircrews. The squadron began C-146A Wolfhound formal training unit flights in December at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. So far, the squadron has trained six pilots and four loadmasters. “The C-146 mission [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Dan Vizanti, Romanian World War II fighter ace. 1914 – Death of U.S. Army Lt. Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator; he is killed when the right wing of his Wright Model C has an in-flight structural failure and crashes in San Diego Bay off the California coast. 1937 – First flight of the Blackburn [...]

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Defiant Replica Leaves RAF Cosford

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

A replica of the Boulton Paul Defiant bomber-destroyer aircraft has been loaded on two trucks as it leaves England’s RAF Cosford for a new home. The craft, which took eight years and 50,000 man hours to construct, is the latest in a collection of planes and aircraft parts to be shipped out of Cosford to museums [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator. 1918 – Death of Rupert Randolph Winter, British World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1959 – A Beechcraft Bonanza carrying musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashes near Clear Lake, Iowa, in what has become known as “The Day the Music Died.” 1964 – The [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Richard Pearman Minifie, Australian World War I fighter ace who also served as a squadron leader in the Air Training Corps of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. 1919 – Death of Leslie Jacob “Rummy” Rummell, American World War I flying ace. 1941 – Eight Fairey Swordfish from the British [...]

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Sikorsky Readies Raider for First Flight

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

Sikorsky is days away from firing the engines of its S-97 Raider, marking the first time the prototype’s coaxial rigid rotor blades will spin in preparation for first flight. “We just burned our first fuel” on 28 January, when the auxiliary power unit (APU) was ignited for the first time, Steve Engebretson, Sikorsky’s director of [...]

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