Military

Off Midway Atoll, a Famous Flying Dud

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

In the generally upbeat annals of American military aviation, the plump, snub-nosed little fighter called the Brewster Buffalo stands out as a turkey. The plane had its day of ignominy in the epic Battle of Midway in June 1942, when 19 Marine pilots valiantly engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, a strategic speck [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Frank A. Kappeler, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, was born in San Francisco. He was the navigator aboard one of the North American B-25 Mitchells used by the Doolittle Raiders to bomb Tokyo, Japan in 1942. 1918 - The U.K. forms its air ministry, appointing Lord Rothermere as secretary of state for [...]

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Airman Shows Skills as New F-22 Demo Pilot

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

The serenity of a sleepy, morning sky broke as a dark form rose from the ground and blotted out the sun. An F-22 Raptor maneuvered through the dawn, banking and rolling, rising and falling at impossible angles. Through the cockpit window, a faceless visor disguised the pilot’s exertion. He angled the Lockheed Martin jet into [...]

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Drone pilots: how to combat boredom

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

How do drone pilots stay alert during 12-hour missions, especially considering that they’re in a control room while the UAV they’re piloting can be hundreds of miles away? This Gizmag article by David Szondy shares how MIT researchers are looking into ways to combat pilot boredom during long drone flights: The saying that “war is [...]

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One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

“Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!” Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor’s engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. “I thought, ‘This is it,’ and then all of a sudden, brrrr!” he said, describing the sound [...]

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Kansas Museum Offers F-4 Sim Flights

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum is offering a rare opportunity for the public to experience a flight in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II simulator. The experience will be available Wednesday through Sunday at the Wichita museum. Detailed flight controls simulate the real thing. A museum volunteer and F-4 simulator creator Justin Messenger will take museum goers [...]

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India Receives Boeing P-8I Maritime Jet

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

The Indian Navy took delivery of its first Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft in Seattle on Wednesday. The 737-based twin jet is designed for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare, according to Boeing’s defense unit. It’s the first of eight planes ordered by India and will carry anti-ship missiles, depth bombs and torpedoes. The I model [...]

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New Book Details Unusual WWII Encounter

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

On Dec. 20, 1943, in the skies above war-torn Europe, two men – American B-17 bomber pilot Charlie Brown and veteran German fighter ace Franz Stigler – met in what became one of World War II’s most unusual encounters. The American’s bomber was severely damaged and his crewmen were wounded. The German’s fighter was poised [...]

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