Military

Aircraft on Hit List Support Storm Aftermath

Nov 06, 2012 No Comments

Two different aircraft the Pentagon says the nation no longer needs are playing a prominent role in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, while National Guard leaders and elected officials fight to keep the aircraft in their fleet. One Florida Army Guard C-23 Sherpa delivered 6,500 pounds of Meals Ready to Eat from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Farmingdale, N.Y., over the weekend. On Monday, [...]

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USMC Fighter Flies for Medal of Honor Recipients

Nov 03, 2012 No Comments

Four Boeing F/A-18 Hornet jets streaked high over Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Friday afternoon in a missing man formation. When Number 222 peeled away from the others and landed, it was obvious that the latest aircraft added to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 was something special. The jet parked near a red [...]

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EAA to Give Away Stearman Model 75

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Experimental Aircraft Association aircraft sweepstakes, and the grand prize was unveiled this week in the EAA exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando: a completely restored 1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75 biplane! The airplane featured at the exhibit was [...]

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Second Chinese Stealth Fighter Prototype Takes Flight

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments

China has test flown a second model of a prototype stealth fighter, aviation experts said Thursday, in a sign of its aircraft industry’s growing sophistication. Photos posted to the Internet Thursday showed the radar-avoiding aircraft airborne near the northeastern city of Shenyang with its landing gear still down. Two Chinese-made J-11 fighters accompanied it on [...]

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Aviation Nation Showcases Sin City’s Military Side

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments

Las Vegas embarks on a whole new game next week when Aviation Nation rolls out at Nellis Air Force Base Nov. 10-11. Want to see a drone close up? Check out the MQ-9 reaper, which might even make a demo flight. Want to see your tax dollars at work? Air Force F-15 and F-16 fighter planes will be ready [...]

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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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