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Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress is being restored back to flying condition in Kansas. “Doc” was moved to Wichita in 2000 from a California desert and a group called Doc’s Friends is now hoping to get the plane back in the air. “This was the place that it really needed to be and the fact that […]
Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Richard C. Johnston has flown every variant of the Lockheed Martin C-130 tactical transport in the last 31 years, but none soared through the clouds more efficiently than the newest C-130 J-model plane. “I actually have flown the 1961 (E-model) when I first started flying C-130 (aircraft) back in 1982,” […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 –Frederick W. Baldwin piloted the AEA Red Wing, a silk-winged aircraft powered by a V-8 engine, off the frozen Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, N.Y., in what would be the first public demonstration of a powered aircraft flight in the U.S. as well as the first flight by a Canadian pilot. 1930 – Death of Canadian World War I fighter ace and […]
Historic Flyover to Mark Historic Walk

Historic Flyover to Mark Historic Walk

As many as 200 aircraft will retrace trail of the first crossing of Australia’s Blue Mountains in what organisers say could be among the largest flyovers in Australian history. Scheduled for May 25, the event will be part of the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary 2013-2015 program marking the first recognised European crossing of the mountains by […]

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Military Pulls Out of Thunder in the Valley

Military Pulls Out of Thunder in the Valley

The mandatory budget cuts in Washington, D.C., known as the sequester is taking its toll on air shows including Georgia’s Thunder in the Valley Air Show as the armed forces have pulled out. “All branches of the armed forces have informed us they cannot participate,” said Phaedra Childers, the show’s event coordinator, in a release […]
Navy Prowler Crashes in Washington State

Navy Prowler Crashes in Washington State

A U.S. Navy aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in eastern Washington on Monday morning, and a newspaper reported that all three crew members died. The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler was reported to have crashed about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Whidbey Island officials said. Mike Welding, an information officer for the base, said he had […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lahm opened an Army air school at Fort William McKinley, Philippines, with two volunteer students, Lt. Moss L. Love and Cpl. Vernon L. Burge, who later became the first enlisted pilot. 1918 – The first regular international airmail service begins, with Hansa-Brandenburg C.I biplanes linking Vienna, Lviv, Proskurov, and Kiev. 1956  – Curtis L. Brown Jr., U.S. astronaut on […]
ROC Air Force Receives New Hawkeyes

ROC Air Force Receives New Hawkeyes

Two upgraded Northrop Grumman E-2K Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft operated by the Republic of China Air Force, sent to U.S. for upgrading several years ago, were transported to Kaohsiung International Airport Station in southern Taiwan Saturday for follow-up tests and inspections. In October 2008, the U.S. agreed to the first arms sales deal to […]

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F-35 Student Pilots Fly First Sorties

F-35 Student Pilots Fly First Sorties

Two officers from the operational test community are among the six pilots in the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II pilot training course after an Air Education and Training Command decision to start training at northwest Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base in January. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – The first British tactical bombing raids in support of ground troops made in Menin and Courtai, Belgium. 1932 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m, a tri-motor transport that flew into the 1980s. 1956 – Dan Perkins, engineer at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment, makes his first flight in an inflatable airplane in Bedfordshire, England. It takes 25 minutes to inflate […]
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