Military

Spitfire Collapses on U.K. Runway

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

Airport officials say an antique Spitfire aircraft owned by engine company Rolls Royce collapsed shortly after landing at East Midlands Airport in central England. The airport said in a statement the World War II-era plane’s undercarriage failed as it touched down Monday afternoon. The pilot was unharmed and the damaged aircraft was towed away. The sleek-looking [...]

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Popular Mechanics Flies a B-2 Bomber

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

I never expected to step inside the cockpit of a B-2 Spirit, the Pentagon’s long-range stealth bomber. So you can imagine the shock of being at 27,000 feet and hearing an U.S. Air Force pilot tell me over the cockpit intercom, “Okay, you have the jet.” I place one suddenly damp left hand on the [...]

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10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards Takes Flight

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

Many of aviation’s best-known names will be attending the 10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, later this month in California. The event, set for Jan. 18 at the Beverly Hilton, will be hosted by John Travolta and will celebrate a decade of recognition during aviation’s second hundred years. The program starts [...]

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Brothers Restore Lancaster Bomber as Tribute to Brother

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

The night he was told that his brother had been shot down, Fred Panton ran off into a barn and hid. “I daredn’t go back in the house,” says Fred, who was 13 at the time. “I was sure it would hit my mother hard.” His big brother, Christopher, was only 19, but had already [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

1785 – The English Channel is crossed for the first time by air as Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries fly their hydrogen balloon from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France. 1929 – The U.S. Army’s Fokker C-2 “Question Mark” sets an endurance record for a refueled aircraft, 150 hours, 45 minutes. 1942 – [...]

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Spitfire Search Team Arrives in Myanmar

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

A search team led by a British aviation enthusiast arrived in Myanmar on Sunday to begin a dig they hope will unearth dozens of rare British Spitfire fighter planes said to have been buried in the Southeast Asian country at the end of World War II. The 21-member team led by farmer and businessman David [...]

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Great Escape’s Fripp Dies at 98

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

The oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war died Thursday at the age of 98. Alfie Fripp was held in 12 different prisoner-of-war camps during World War II after his plane was shot down by the Germans in only the second month of the war. He died in a Bournemouth, England, hospital with his family [...]

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Museum to Restore Veteran Vietnam Jet

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

One day a couple of years ago, a flat-bed truck rolled onto the Museum of Aviation grounds near Warner Robins, Ga., with a weathered old North American F-100 Super Sabre jet strapped to the back. A man saluted as he fought back a wave of emotions. That man was retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, [...]

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