Military

Lockheed U-2 Blamed for ATC Outage

May 05, 2014 No Comments

A traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News. On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 02, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, Australian Word War I flying ace. 1916 – Eight German Zeppelins raid the east coast of England, causing 39 casualties. 1925 – First flight of the Douglas C-1 (shown), American transport biplane. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole. 1970 – Death of Arturo [...]

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Ukraine Helicopters Shot Down, Two Killed

May 02, 2014 No Comments

Pro-Russia forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev’s move against the insurgents “destroyed” hopes for peace in the region. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from [...]

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Effort Begun to Save Lightning Fighter

May 02, 2014 No Comments

A campaign is underway to save English Electric Lightning XR713, which is currently awaiting disposal at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. The aircraft, a rare F.3 model Lightning, first flew in 1964 and helped defend British skies against the Soviet bomber threat. She’s been an exhibit at RAF Leuchars for some years now, but with the [...]

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Boeing Production AH-6i Makes First Flight

May 02, 2014 No Comments

Boeing said that it recently flew its AH-6i light attack-reconnaissance helicopter for the first time in production configuration. Flight status moves the program “another step closer to full-scale production,” the manufacturer said on May 1. Company pilots flew the helicopter “for less than 20 minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward flight at low elevations” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 01, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, German aviation pioneer; he became was part of the first trans-Atlantic flight from east to west. 1942 – Squadron No. 588 of the Soviet Air Force, an all-woman night-bombing unit equipped with Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, is formed in the USSR. 1975 – Death of Francis Stanley Symondson, British World War I [...]

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Holloman AFB Event to Feature Variety

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Via The Las Cruces Sun-News Aerial acts and more than 400 aircraft will be on static display at the 2014 Holloman Air Force Base Open House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. Aerial acts at the base, near Alamogordo, N.M., include the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor demonstration team with a Heritage Flight at 11:15 [...]

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Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Hidden in the dense sawgrass or buried in the deep muck of the Everglades in Florida are the mysterious wrecks of numerous aircraft. Some were drug planes that fled federal agents, others were private aircraft that ran into trouble or vintage warplanes that crashed during exercises. No one knows for sure how many remain out there. Estimates range [...]

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