Military

F-35 Set for ‘Green Flag West’ Exercise

Jun 02, 2015 No Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The exercise, which is called “Green Flag West” and runs through June 12, tests the U.S. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 01, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altiture record of 6,540 feet. 1914 – Birth of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of Spanish War and World War II. 1948 – First flight of the Cessna 170 (shown), an American light single-engine aircraft. 1960 – Trans-Canada Air Lines begins transatlantic service with flights between Montreal and London. 1989 – Death of [...]

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Final Tyndall QF-4s Take Off

Jun 01, 2015 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, flew its final McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom mission May 27, marking the end of almost 20 years at Tyndall. Two QF-4 full-scale aerial targets took off around 10:15 a.m. and were successfully destroyed about [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft [...]

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10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

May 27, 2015 No Comments

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 26, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational [...]

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Sikorsky S-97 Makes First Flight

May 26, 2015 No Comments

Sikorsky flew its S-97 Raider rigid coaxial-rotor, high-speed helicopter for the first time May 22, completing a hover and low-speed flight at the company’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The aircraft is the first of two prototypes of the Raider light tactical helicopter being built under a $200 million industry effort funded by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 22, 2015 No Comments

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North [...]

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