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Fledgling F-35 Fleet Grounded After Crack Found

Fledgling F-35 Fleet Grounded After Crack Found

The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an F-35A, the Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Royal Air Force Group Capt. Sir Douglas Robert Steuart “Dogsbody” Bader, World War II legless fighter ace (shown above). 1930 – Death of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1945 – First flight of the Hawker Sea Fury, a British fighter aircraft developed for the Royal Navy by Hawker. The last propeller-driven […]

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A-10 Makes Emergency Landing in Utah

A-10 Makes Emergency Landing in Utah

An Air Force fighter jet is grounded at a tiny Utah airport after making an emergency landing on one engine. Officials say the A-10 Thunderbolt II was being flown from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday when one of the two engines failed and couldn’t be restarted in mid-flight. The pilot landed at […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and a high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1916 – Death of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. 1917 – First […]

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Officials Preparing for Possible Cuts to Blue Angels

Officials Preparing for Possible Cuts to Blue Angels

Every year, rain or shine, thousands flock to get a glimpse of the Blue Angels soaring through the sky. Some civilians even have the chance to ride with a pilot to test the maneuvers themselves. New budget cuts throughout the military threaten to ground the planes for 2013, including the Pensacola Beach show in Florida on […]
Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

It is not quite a steal but the man who purchased New Zealand’s grounded Skyhawk fighter aircraft has discovered he got a bargain. Eight Douglas A-4K Skyhawks that sat in plastic cocoons at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Woodbourne since 2001 will next month return to the air in formation over Florida. Draken […]

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Langley Air Show Cancelled, Oceana Under Threat

Langley Air Show Cancelled, Oceana Under Threat

Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley in Virginia announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show, too. “The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of […]
Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat […]
Navy E-2C Hawkeye Squadron Disbanding in Louisiana

Navy E-2C Hawkeye Squadron Disbanding in Louisiana

A Navy Reserve aviation squadron credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents in the flooded chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina has become a casualty of military spending cuts. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, or VAW-77, will be ceremonially disbanded next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye airplanes and many of its personnel already […]
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