Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series begins in February with “They Dared to Fly” in honor of Black History Month. Join several of the original Tuskegee Airmen as they share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. This event features open-forum and question-and-answer sessions. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee [...]

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Florida Marina Jet Headed for Retirement

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

After almost 40 years of service, an icon of downtown Panama City, Fla., soon will go into retirement. For 51 years, a jet has occupied the marina mall as a symbolic homage to the military. With the Marina Redevelopment Project slated to begin this summer, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first has a couple of [...]

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Aussies Reform Historic Wallaby Airlines Squadron

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Australian Air Force has re-established 35 Squadron, the original “Wallaby Airlines” which transported Australian personnel during the Vietnam War. The new 35 Squadron will be equipped with the de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou replacement, the new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which will start entering service from 2015. RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said [...]

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Pentagon Report Cites F-35′s ‘Lack of Maturity’

Jan 14, 2013 No Comments

Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a [...]

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Photo of the Day

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A groundcrew member from U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-132 signals to an Boeing EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa on Thursday. The VAQ-132 Scorpions are deployed in Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash., [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Camille Lagesse, a Canadian WWI fighter ace credited with 20 victories. 1912 – Lt. Commander Charles Samson flies a Short S.38 from the deck of battleship HMS Africa moored in the River Medway, England, becoming the first British naval aviator. 1945 – A U.S. Army Air Corps Northrop P-61B Black Widow, [...]

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Aviation Buff’s Cockpit Display Draws Driveway Crowd

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

A plane enthusiast restored the cockpit of a Cold War fighter jet and proudly parked it on his driveway. Neil McCarthy, 37, renovated the nose of the battered de Havilland Vampire T.11 jet for display in front of his family home in Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, England. He says his wife Amanda and children Ryan, two, and Nathan, 18 months, [...]

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