Military

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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Get Hands-On with Yankee Air Museum Bombers

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

The Yankee Air Museum (YAM) will present its 18th Annual Polishing Party and Bomber Buffing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mich. Participants will get a chance to help polish a four-engine Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber and a twin-engine North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. This is the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

1918 – Ensign John McNamara makes the first U.S. Navy attack on a submarine. 1926 – Willy Messerschmitt, a graduate of Munich Technical College and already an experienced designer of light aircraft and sailplanes, forms the Messerschmitt aircraft company. 1928 – Jim Lovell, American astronaut, was born. James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, which [...]

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Navy to Cut Four Carrier Air Wings, Training Schedules

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Due to spending cuts, U.S. Navy aircraft will be sent into long-term storage, training will be limited to a simulator and the daily routine will shift to admin work. And it may begin as soon as April. These are the latest details from Naval Air Forces, which is planning for the standdown of four carrier [...]

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Georgia Museum to Shed 32 Warbirds, Missiles

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

For the first time in its 29-year history, the Museum of Aviation at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base is downsizing. The museum is getting rid of 29 planes and three missiles, which is about a third of its total collection. Museum Director Ken Emery said the move is largely due to U.S. Air Force personnel cuts [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

1903 - James S. Russell, U.S. Navy admiral and pilot, is born. He was instrumental in the capture of the Aleutian, or Koga’s, Zero, a Japanese fighter plane which crash-landed on Akutan Island, Alaska Territory, during World War II. It was captured intact in July 1942 and became the first flyable Zero acquired by the U.S. during the war. 1919 – The first regular [...]

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Marine F-35B Conducts First Vertical Landing

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off-Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on Thursday. Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B Lightning II test pilot, conducted VMFA-121’s first short landing and takeoff as well as [...]

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