Military

RAF Typhoons Blow Into Langley AFB

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

Royal Air Force pilots and engineers arrived in the U.S. this week to begin training exercises with their U.S. Air Force colleagues for the first joint training exercise featuring the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. About 200 personnel from XI Squadron, stationed at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, England, have joined forces with [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Paul Frank Baer, American World War I flying ace who scored the first aerial victory ever for U.S. military aviation. 1918 – First unqualified air combat victory at night against another aeroplane takes place, when two Sopwith Camels of the Royal Air Force No. 44 Squadron (formed the previous year) shoot down a [...]

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U.S. F-16 Missing Over Adriatic Sea

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet was feared to have crashed on Monday during a training exercise over the Adriatic Sea, and the U.S.A.F. said the status of its Italy-based pilot was unknown. Search efforts by the Air Force and the Italian Coast Guard are under way in poor weather conditions with limited visibility. A fuel [...]

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Area 51 Employees to Talk Top-Secret Aircraft

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada’s mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. As ”The X-Files” TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don’t expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of David Sinton Ingalls, DSC and DFC, only U.S. Navy flying ace of World War I, and first ace in U. S. Navy history. 1928 – New Zealand Royal Flying Corps Lt. John Moncrieff and Capt. George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received [...]

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First Royal Navy Wildcat Makes Maiden Flight

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

The first AgustaWestland Wildcat HMA Mark 2 maritime attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, England. The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive [...]

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Mystery Persists After Last U.S. POW Shot Down in Vietnam

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Forty years ago, U.S. Navy pilots Harley Hall and Ernie Christensen met briefly on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. They reflected on what would be their final combat mission of the Vietnam War. “I happen to be the last guy to talk to Harley on the deck, when we launched on the last [...]

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Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically-produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed  its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in Sha’anxi province, remaining airborne for an hour , according to state-run media reports. In an example of selective transparency to boost pride at home and credibility [...]

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