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Planes of Fame WWII Zero to Visit Japan

Oct 31, 2012 No Comments

The world’s only fully authentic and flyable Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero is beginning its third trip to Japan for temporary display. The fighter, built in May 1943 and restored to flying condition in the 1970s by the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., was taken apart this week and placed in shipping containers for the [...]

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Myanmar Spitfire Recovery Effort Gains Sponsor

Oct 30, 2012 2 Comments

Aircraft enthusiast David Cundall’s efforts to recover the British Supermarine Spitfires reportedly buried in Burma at the end of World War II will be funded by Wargaming, the creator of the award-winning games World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and the upcoming World of Warships, the company announced yesterday. The investment will allow Cundall and the [...]

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Su-24 Crashes, Pilots Survive

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed on Tuesday during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region, in the country’s Ural Mountains region, when its nose cone came off, the Defense Ministry said. “After an unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and [...]

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Japan Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments

Japan shut down Sendai Airport in the northeast last night after construction workers found an undetonated bomb believed to be from World War II near a runway. A total of 92 domestic and international flights were canceled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) explosive was found around 10:15 p.m. yesterday by workers at the southern end of one [...]

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Too Tired to Fly?

Oct 29, 2012 No Comments

Did Ambien kill four U.S. Air Force special operators returning from a classified five-hour spy-plane mission in February? The four – two special-ops pilots and two sensor operators – were aboard a perfectly-functioning Air Force aircraft, a military version of the venerable Pilatus PC-12, as it prepared for a night-time landing at Ambouli International Airport [...]

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Legendary WWII Pilot Defeated German, Japanese Foes

Oct 28, 2012 No Comments

Dean “Diz” Laird is a legend, the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese planes during World War II. Despite close calls — once, his shot-up plane skidded across an aircraft carrier’s flight deck — Diz possessed a fighter pilot’s essential attribute: Supreme self-confidence. “It never entered my mind that [...]

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New Zealand Aviation Museum Rebooted

Oct 28, 2012 No Comments

Classic Flyers NZ and Legacy Trust will celebrate the launch of its Legacy Jet Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand, today and the arrival of the museum’s Royal NZ Air Force Aermacchi MB-339 military trainer with a special launch event. Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says the launch offers a chance to get up close to the [...]

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Youngest B-52 Achieves 50 Years of Service

Oct 26, 2012 No Comments

Today marks 50 years since Boeing delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. The H-model bomber, 61-040, was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models — [...]

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