Military

Photo: Two Generations of Naval Aviation

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The future of fixed-wing naval aviation flies with the U.S. Navy’s oldest aircraft. Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift performs a short takeoff in a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II assigned to the F-35 Integrated Test Facility while Jerry Gallagher and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene wait in a de Havilland NU-1B Otter from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot [...]

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U.S. Air Force to Fly Last X-51A Vehicle

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force says it now plans to fly the last in a series of four Boeing-built experimental hypersonic vehicles in late spring or early summer under a troubled testing program that the service weighed canceling following an Aug. 14 failure. During that flight, the third X-51A Waverider vehicle veered off course soon after [...]

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Oldest Battle of Britain Pilot Dies at 99

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died Sunday at home in London. Walker, a Spitfire fighter pilot, was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle on August 26, 1940, [...]

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Marines Get Ready For F-35 Ops At Yuma

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing to begin operations for the first operational F-35 Lightning II squadron next month at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and officials are optimistic for a mid-month standup despite some challenges ahead. Key to starting up squadron operations will be a small but growing cadre of maintainers, pilots and aircraft, says Col. [...]

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U.S., ROK Showcase Skills During 2012 Air Power Day

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

Osan Air Base hosted 65,000 visitors to reinforce the enduring partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea during an Air Power Day celebration held Oct. 20 and 21. More than 22 Pacific Air Forces aircraft were on display while the ROK’s premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, took to the skies to demonstrate their [...]

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Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Re-Experienced

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — located in Titusville, Fla., and neighboring the Kennedy Space Center — continues to revamp, expand and please. Along with the new hangar there is much more to enjoy. The Grumman F4F Wildcat, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now in main entry lobby which is a vast improvement, I think, [...]

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Memorial Dedicated to USAF Pilots Killed in ’52 Air Show

Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

R. Mark Danell was 5 years old when his father’s airplane and that of another pilot collided over Westfield, Mass., farmland during a military air show in 1952. On Saturday he and the other airman’s son unveiled a memorial to their fathers on the crash site. A monument crafted of granite in the shape of an airplane wing [...]

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Russian Aerobatics Team Boss Fired

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team, Lt. Col. Valery Morozov, has been fired from the air force for taking bribes, a source at the Kubinka Air Show Center said on Thursday. “Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov signed an order discharging Morozov on October 12” for “failure to comply with his contract,” the [...]

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