Military

On the Last Flight of the RAAF C-130H Hercules

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

I’m sweaty, shaking and being sick for the third time and I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. The man next to me is also being persistently ill into his vomit bag and I have no idea where the ground is outside the gyrating tin can I’m stuck in. I’m honoured and excited to be [...]

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First F-35 Lightning Lands at MCAS Yuma

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

In what was history in the making, the first F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, landed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (Ariz.) on Friday. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Maj. Aric Liberman arrived at the air station about 1 p.m., having flown in from Lockheed Martin’s production plant in Fort Worth, [...]

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F-22 Crashes Near Florida Air Force Base

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

An Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet crashed near a Florida Panhandle highway Thursday, but the pilot was able to eject safely and there were no injuries on the ground, the military said. The single-seat stealth fighter, built by Lockheed Martin and part of a program that has been plagued with problems, went down Thursday [...]

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RAF Museum Celebrates 40th Birthday

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

The Royal Air Force Museum, Britain’s only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation, opened 40 years ago today. Since then, the institution, spread across two sites, has welcomed more than 10 million visitors and has grown from four hangars and 40 aircraft to six hangars with more than 100 aircraft on display. The museum also has taken the [...]

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Black Eagles Jet Crashes in South Korea

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

A Republic of Korea Air Force aerobatic jet crashed in northeastern South Korea on Thursday, killing its lone pilot and sparking a brush fire, police said. The KAI T-50B Golden Eagle plane went down at 10:28 a.m. on a mountain in Hoengseong, about 90 kilometers east of Seoul, and its pilot, identified only as Capt. Kim, [...]

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CAF Begins Fifi Fundraiser

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

Fifi, the last flying B-29 Superfortress in the world, is now at risk. During the last airshow flight of the season, the number two engine experienced a loss of power. The Commemorative Air Force crew returned safely to the airport, but it was soon determined the engine would need major repairs. At nearly $10,000 and 100 [...]

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Northrop Grumman 2-Seat Firebird Makes First Flight

Nov 13, 2012 No Comments

With temperatures hovering around zero, there were few witnesses around Mojave (Calif.) Air and Space Port early on Sunday morning to see a new two-seat production derivative of Northrop Grumman’s secretly-developed Firebird make its first flight. The optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) is a 30-percent bigger version of the medium-altitude unmanned air vehicle demonstrator first revealed [...]

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Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

China’s latest domestically produced unmanned aircraft will make its public debut at the biennial Airshow China in Zhuhai, near Hong Kong, this week, taking center stage in a global drone market potentially worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. The Wing Loong, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by the China Aviation Industry Corp., bears [...]

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