The V-22 Osprey: Like No Other Aircraft

Oct 01, 2012 No Comments

Cutting edge. That’s how Capt. Michael Whiteford describes the MV-22B Osprey, the plane he pilots in the Marine Corps and the newest aircraft to be added to Marine Corps Aviation. “It’s something that has never existed before in the history of aviation,” Whiteford said. Whiteford, the son of a pilot, says he always knew he [...]

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Naval Aviator Returns to Underwater Site of 1974 Crash

Sep 30, 2012 No Comments

Bob Besal went on a fishing trip this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. The 62-year-old retired rear admiral, who earned two Distinguished Flying Cross awards and spent a lifetime on the water and above it, didn’t catch any fish, but he did return with some memorable souvenirs. Twenty miles from shore and 80 [...]

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Two Die in Bandung Air Show Crash

Sep 29, 2012 No Comments

Two retired Air Force pilots died in a plane crash during the Bandung Air Show in Indonesia on Saturday. They are identified as Air Commodore (ret.) Norman T. Lubis and Lt. Col. (ret.) Toni Hartono. Both were members of Indonesian Aerosport Federation. Husein Sastranegara Air Base commander Col. Umar Sugeng said their AS 202 Bravo aircraft [...]

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VMA-211 Bloodied, Not Beaten, by Afghan Attack

Sep 28, 2012 No Comments

Two McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft appear to dot the gray sky, as ground crewmembers prepare for their arrival. The aircraft are more than 46 feet long and have a wingspan of 30 feet 4 inches. They roar through the Afghanistan sky, a symbol of U.S. Marine Corps air superiority. After a Sept. [...]

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Restored de Havilland Mosquito Flies Again

Sep 28, 2012 1 Comment

More than 15 years following the crash of the world’s only airworthy example, another de Havilland Mosquito has returned to the air. Jerry Yagen’s KA114, a Canadian-built fighter-bomber variant, flew for the first time Thursday since it arrived in New Zealand. Restoration experts Avspecs Limited near Auckland rebuilt the twin-engined aircraft nicknamed the “Wooden Wonder” [...]

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Military Trainer Crashes in Northern Serbia, Killing Pilot

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments

A Serbian military pilot died after his single-engined trainer crashed in a suburb northwest of Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, on Wednesday. Serbian Air Force and Air Defense Maj. Goran Savic, assigned to the military’s Technical Test Center, succumbed to injures sustained in the accident involving a Lasta 95, according to the Serbian defense ministry. The second pilot, [...]

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Double Ace, Two Crosses

Sep 26, 2012 6 Comments

A glint of light in the sky above North Korea attracted the F-86 Sabre pilot’s attention, so he descended from 41,000 feet and saw four MiG-15s. But as then-Capt. Ralph S. Parr surveyed the rest of the sky, he realized he and his fellow pilots in Shark Flight actually were facing 16 enemy fighters. The [...]

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Fagen Fighter Museum Grand Opening Set for Saturday

Sep 26, 2012 1 Comment

A new museum featuring some well-known flying warbirds as well as several significant military vehicles holds its grand opening Saturday in Granite Falls, Minn. The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum will open its doors to the public at the Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field/Granite Falls Municipal Airport. A fleet of eight distinguished warbirds, owned by longtime [...]

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