Military

Myanmar to Excavate Spitfire Fighters

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

Myanmar has signed a deal with a British aviation enthusiast to allow the excavation of a World War II treasure: dozens of Supermarine Spitfire fighter planes buried by the British almost 70 years ago. Aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall discovered the locations of the aircraft after years of searching. The planes are believed to be [...]

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Retired Airman Recalls First USAF Flight Over North Pole

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

(Editor’s note: This “Through Airmen’s Eyes” story, a regular feature published by the U.S. Air Force, is a first-person account of what some aeronautical experts claim is the first airplane flight over the geographical North Pole. The flight took place in 1946, just as the Cold War was beginning. “The only thing that stood between [...]

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Yeager Re-Enacts Sound Barrier Flight

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of a McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle as it broke the sound [...]

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Storied F-111 Heads to New Home in Kentucky

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

Four vehicles carrying the Bowling Green, Ky., Aviation Heritage Park’s next exhibit are expected to arrive in town late Friday afternoon. Trailers are hauling the largest plane planned to be on display at the park: a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark flown on the 1986 raid on Libya led by Bowling Green’s Arnie Franklin, then an Air [...]

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Iraq to Buy Czech L-159 Trainer Jets

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported. “Further talks about purchasing the L-159 will take place on Friday between the Iraqi and Czech defense ministries,” he said. Talks [...]

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Mitsubishi to Build F-35s in Japan

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a local final assembly and checkout line for the F-35 Lightning II. The first Japanese-produced F-35 is scheduled to roll off Mitsubishi’s Nagoya line in 2017, says John Balderson, director of Japan F-35 business development for Lockheed Martin. “We are greatly honoured that Japan chose the F-35,” he adds, speaking to Flightglobal on the sidelines [...]

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Hawker Hurricane Headed for Auction Block

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft like one of the many that defended British shores during World War II’s Battle of Britain will be the star attraction at Bonhams’ sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands – the spiritual home of the Hurricane – in Weybridge, Surrey, England, on Monday, Dec. 3. [...]

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Turkey Forces Down Syrian Airbus

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

Turkey scrambled fighters to force a Syrian passenger plane to land on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border. Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A320, carrying around 30 passengers, into the airport in Ankara hours [...]

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