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USAF Nearing Bomber Decision

USAF Nearing Bomber Decision

The U.S. Air Force is poised to deliver the decision of the decade, with reports that the Long-Range Strike Bomber contract award could be announced as early as Tuesday. Two key steps must take place, and Bloomberg reports that the first has already taken place. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, convened a meeting on […]
Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

The last Avro Vulcan bomber to take to the skies will remain a “living aircraft” despite coming to the end of its flying days, according to the trust dedicated to its preservation. The 55-year-old XH558 has been thrilling millions of enthusiasts around the UK this summer in its last-ever flying season. But it loses its permit […]

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Marine Pilot Lost in Hornet Crash

Marine Pilot Lost in Hornet Crash

A Marine Corps fighter pilot died when a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England on Wednesday morning, the service confirmed. British media reported this morning that the single-seater crashed in farmland near Redmere, northwest of the base, and was returning to the United States via the United Kingdom after a deployment to the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth  of Frederick James Harry Thayre, British World War I fighter ace. 1919 – French pilot Bernard de Romanet, flying a Nieuport-Delage 29v, sets a world speed record of 166.92 mph. 1948 – First flight of the McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo (shown), a long-range, twin-engine jet fighter with swept wings designed for the U.S. Air Force. Although it never entered service, its design was […]

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NMUSAF Moves Into New Hangar

NMUSAF Moves Into New Hangar

With the building structurally complete, the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, began moving exhibits into its new, fourth hangar in October. With the opportunity to see some of these beautiful exhibits outside, WarbirdsNews thought our readers would enjoy seeing some of the images which museum photographers took during the move. For images and the complete story by […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian airplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a on that day, his last victories of the war. 1948 – Test pilot Edwin Schoch makes the first successful release and hook-up to a […]

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Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

It’s been 44 years since Sonny Kifer has sat in the cockpit of an LTV A-7B Corsair II, but he can still recognize it at a quick glance. Kifer was a U.S. Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, serving on an aircraft carrier about 90 miles offshore. Most of his missions involved flights just south of the DMZ (demilitarized […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – The Michelin Cup is won by Samuel Cody after he completes a 186 mile course around Britain, flying a total of 220 miles. 1929 – First flight of the Curtiss Model 54 Tanager (shown), an American light biplane prototype. 1932 – Birth of Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn,  American politician and U.S. Navy pilot; […]

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RAF Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

RAF Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

Five people, including two RAF personnel, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sunday. The Aérospatiale Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed as it was landing at NATO’s Resolute Support mission headquarters in Kabul. NATO has not released the nationalities of the other victims or the five left injured. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Herbert Joseph “Jimmy” Larkin, Australian World War I flying ace, pioneering aviator, airmail and raid pilot; he also founded the Larkin Aircraft Supply Co. and served also in World War II. 1932 – The Indian Air Force is formed as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force with the enactment of the Indian […]
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