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Langley Air Show Cancelled, Oceana Under Threat

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley in Virginia announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show, too. “The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of [...]

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Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat [...]

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Navy E-2C Hawkeye Squadron Disbanding in Louisiana

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

A Navy Reserve aviation squadron credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents in the flooded chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina has become a casualty of military spending cuts. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, or VAW-77, will be ceremonially disbanded next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye airplanes and many of its personnel already [...]

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Video: How to Box a Mosquito

Feb 13, 2013 1 Comment

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt the twin-engined [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 12, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Eberhard Mohnicke, German World War I flying ace. 1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1935 – The U.S. Navy’s last rigid airship, the USS Macon, loses its upper fin off Point Sur, Calif., sinks to the surface [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

1918 – During U.S. Navy tests of a converted Curtiss N-9 biplane as an unpiloted flying bomb equipped with a Sperry automatic control, Lawrence Sperry takes it up to prove airworthiness of the design. It crashes, but the pilot is unhurt. 1932 – Birth of Alfred Worden, American test pilot and astronaut who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 Moon mission, one of [...]

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Pima Forum to Highlight Huey History

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

The exciting history of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the Huey, will be explained by the men and women who experienced it firsthand at this month’s Huey Forum, Feb. 23-24, at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz. Pilots and air and ground crew members who have flown the Huey during [...]

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