Military

UAE Receives First Airbus A330 Tanker

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

The first of three new-generation Airbus A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transports for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was delivered Wednesday in Madrid, Spain. The handover of the air-to-air tanker, converted from an Airbus A330 commercial passenger jet by Airbus Military at Getafe near Madrid, means that the type has now been delivered to all four [...]

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F-22 Pilot Physician Takes Safety to New Heights

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in ways unfathomable to earlier generations of pilots. The complex system of technology that makes up the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor exposes the human body to altitudes and G-forces rarely experienced by other fighter pilots. The medical community’s first-hand knowledge of these [...]

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Washington State Aviation Museum Packs Up Exhibits

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

The sound of packing tape stripped over boxes, the whirring of machines and the beeping of heavy trucks made a cacophonous symphony Tuesday at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Wash., as volunteers and employees worked feverishly to turn the facility over to the National Park Service on what they said was very short notice. NPS [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

1925 – Clyde V. Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman founded Travel Air Manufacturing Co. 1919 – Birth of George Preddy, U.S. World War II fighter ace, top P-51 Mustang ace of WWII and sixth on the list of all-time highest scoring American aces. 1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place between five [...]

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U.S. to Dominate India’s Defense, Civil Aviation Show

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. will be the largest participant at India’s main defense and civil aviation event which kicks off Wednesday in Bangalore. Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Bell Helicopter and Rockwell Collins are part of the contingent from the U.S., as it aggressively pitches for billions of dollars in defense contracts from India. More than 700 companies will participate at the ninth [...]

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Lancaster Repair Costs Soar, Canadian Warplane Museum Appeals for Help

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

The warplane museum in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, is making a public plea for donations to help keep its famous World War II Lancaster bomber flying. “We expect the Lancaster to be flying at the June airshow,” says Al Mickeloff, spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. “But there is a bit of urgency — we [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments

1902 – Charles Augustus Lindbergh, American pilot, was born. Also known as “Lucky Lindy” and “The Lone Eagle,” he was famous for the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927 from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, to Paris in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” 1935 – First flight of the Mitsubishi A5M Claude, a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. World’s [...]

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After Pilot’s Tragic Crash, B-52s Got Safer

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments

Cold War pilot Dan Bulli of Omaha has rarely spoken about his survival from a B-52 crash. On a Strategic Air Command training run 50 years ago, the big plane shook so hard from turbulence that he couldn’t read his dials or interpret radar. At an altitude of only 500 feet, he heard a loud bang [...]

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