Military

Russia to Base MiG-31 Interceptors in Arctic

Sep 26, 2012 No Comments

The Russian Defense Ministry is to base MiG-31 long-range interceptors at the Rogachyovo Arctic base on the island of Novaya Zemlya by the end of the year to defend against attack from the north, Izvestia reported on Tuesday quoting military sources. “The MiG-31 squadron will be the main element of Russia’s developing anti-missile defense system [...]

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Boeing Receives $1.9 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments

More Boeing P-8A Poseidons are headed for U.S. Navy service, thanks to a $1.9 billion contract for 11 of the anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft announced by the manufacturer yesterday. The new order will take the total fleet to 24. This third low-rate initial production award follows two last year that totaled 13 aircraft. Boeing [...]

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Indian Air Force To Buy 22 Apache Helos

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments

India’s air force has agreed to purchase 22 Apache AH-64D multirole combat helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth an estimated $1.4 billion, according to a story by Jen DiMascio published Monday in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. “The financial bid for attack helos was opened some time last week, and since Russia had withdrawn [...]

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Belle Geddes Midway Dioramas

Apr 03, 2012 2 Comments

Life magazine, with the help of the USN, commissioned the construction of an incredible series of gigantic dioramas that illustrated the various events and phases of the Battle of Midway. While preparing Barrett Tillman’s exhaustive article on that operation in this issue, our own Stan Piet stumbled upon what appears to be the entire file [...]

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Hunter Heaven

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments

When the prototype of the Sydney Camm-designed Hawker Hunter first flew at Dunsfold, Surrey, UK on July 20, 1951, its success and future were not assured. A rival interceptor, fighter aircraft from Supermarine, the Swift, was also competing for the RAF F.43/46 requirement. Sixty years later, the total production figure of 1,985 aircraft speaks for [...]

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Blue Angels

Oct 04, 2011 No Comments

The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. The United States Navy’s Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, [...]

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P-51 Mustang

Sep 29, 2011 No Comments

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and in several other conflicts. During World War II Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, the most of any Allied fighter. It was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation [...]

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Vought F4U Corsair

Sep 29, 2011 2 Comments

The Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy [...]

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