Military

Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers [...]

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Israel Accepts its First C-130J

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

The Israeli air force’s first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” tactical transport has been formally delivered to its Nevatim air base, during a ceremony on Wednesday. “This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance,” says Lockheed chief executive Marillyn Hewson. Israel has operated earlier examples of the Hercules since [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Byron Quinby Jones, American pioneer aviator; he became the first U.S. Army pilot to stall and loop an aircraft without crashing. 1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea waters. 1942 – The Imperial Japanese Navy launches an air raid [...]

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Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

The Bronco Demo Team is bringing its newly restored North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco to the UK for it’s first public showing next month. The aircraft will be on show for fans, friends and family during a free event May 3 at Cotswold Airport (the former RAF Kemble). The Bronco Demo Team is collaborating with the Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation [...]

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Marine Harriers vs. French in Exercise

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a bilateral aviation exercise with French air force fighter pilots in Djibouti, Africa, March 26 to April 2, 2014. The weeklong exercise was intended to maintain proficiency and learn new tactics while building lasting relationships [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

1885 – Birth of Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, possibly the first American woman aviator; she became an exhibition and test pilot. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, Pa., near Philadelphia. 1943 – On his first mission, U.S. [...]

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Inside the Presidential Osprey

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

A sharply painted hunter green Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey taxies up near a hangar at the sprawling Marine Corps Base Quantico in central coastal Virginia. It has been pouring down rain and the sky is a gray soup of fog. Yet in the time it takes to walk 100 yards to the awaiting hybrid aircraft, [...]

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B-17 ‘Champaign Lady’ Resto Progressing

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

WarbirdsNews has received the latest installment from the restoration team working to return “Champaign Lady” back to flying condition. The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, based around the remains of Golf model serial 44-85813, is coming together in leaps and bounds now, following nearly a decade of hard work repairing/remanufacturing the various components and subcomponents. The team has chronicled [...]

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