Military

Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Honored

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Feb. 19, 1942: the day war came to Australian soil; the day a nation was forever altered. On that day, 72 years ago, 188 Japanese planes bombed Darwin in two air raids, drawing the top end of Australia into World War II for more than two years in a fight that has remained a “secret [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

1832 – Birth of Octave Chanute, French-born American railway engineer and aviation pioneer; he provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1939 – First flight of the Martin PBM Mariner (restored A model shown). 1944 – Operation Jericho is launched: de [...]

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Red Arrows Confirmed for Bournemouth

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

By Blackmore Vale Magazine It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival in South West England, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have confirmed today they will be displaying at on all four days of the much-anticipated summer event. Jon Weaver, Air Festival director said; “We’ve only found out today [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Scottish World War I fighter ace and air racer. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale at Jutland. 1934 – The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro X (shown), a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3 [...]

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Photo Essay: MV-22 Flight

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

I had a once in my lifetime opportunity to fly in an MV-22 at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bell Boeing obviously had the Osprey at this show to further interest among foreign governments. One of the end slides in the briefing concluded with ‘Ready for Export!’ Only a few of the cranial [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Anthony W. “Tony” LeVier (shown), American air racer and test pilot for the Lockheed Corp. 1928 – First flight of the Short S.8 Calcutta, a British three-engine flying boat; it is the first airliner with a full kitchen. 1943 – The Vought F4U Corsair fighter makes its operational debut from the [...]

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Thai Army Gets New Helicopters

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

By Craig Hoyle, Flightglobal.com AgustaWestland has delivered a pair of AW139 utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army, just over one year after securing the deal. Pictured also carrying a pre-delivery Italian registration, aircraft 31525 was accompanied by another, which Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records as being tail number 31520. Bangkok ordered the two AW139s in October 2012, [...]

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Kuwait Receives Its First C-17

Feb 13, 2014 No Comments

Boeing today delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. “With this airlifter [...]

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