Military

Aviation Events Gear Up for Hopeful Season

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

Sun ‘n Fun launches for the 40th time in Lakeland, Fla., on April 1 — less than four weeks away — and with aircraft sales back in positive growth mode, the mood is expected to be upbeat. The event will host its first-ever Job Fair, on Wednesday, April 2, at the Florida Air Museum, with recruiters in search [...]

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USAF F-15s to Patrol Baltics

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

Six McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles and more than 60 U.S. airmen from RAF Lakenheath, England, were en route Thursday to Lithuania to bolster NATO’s air policing mission over the Baltics region amid the crisis in nearby Ukraine. The Associated Press later reported that the fighter jets had arrived at Siauliai air base, Lithuania. U.S. Air [...]

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Book Review: Phantoms Over Israel

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

By Peter B. Mersky Editor’s note: Peter Mersky has written 16 books on military aviation, including the first book outside Israel on IAF aces. Besides many magazine articles, he has reviewed some 700 books for various publications, as well as his own regular (since 1982) column for Naval Aviation News, the U.S. Navy’s oldest periodical. He is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, World War II Soviet fighter ace and tactician. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz lands her Breguet 27 S (a Bre 330 N°2 modified) christened ‘Joe III’ in Tokyo, half way of her Asian tour Paris-Tokyo-Paris. 1952 – First flight of the North American AJ-2P Savage (shown), a [...]

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USMC Harrier to Star at Ocean City

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

Maryland’s Ocean City Air Show announced this week it will be one of only six events in the nation that will feature a demonstration by the U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II during this summer’s event. The Harrier is one of the most sought after military aircraft demonstrations because of its unique ability [...]

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Oregon Air Show to Feature F-22

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

Less than a week after learning that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds reconfirmed as the headline performers for The Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance, the show announced an impressive contingent of U.S. military demonstrations have been added to the 2014 show lineup. The Show, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014, at Oregon’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Adriano Bacula, World War I Italian pilot; he later became a test pilot for Savoia-Marchetti. 1913 – The 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is formed; it remains the U.S. military’s oldest flying unit (now known as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron). 1928 – Wilmer Stultz, O. Le Boutilier, and Mabel [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

The Polk County aviation attraction whose iconic DC-3 aircraft has been a landmark for Interstate 4 motorists since 1998 — particularly when it was displayed nose-down as if it had crash-landed — will close to the pubic after April 6, but continue to stage private events. Fantasy of Flight, which opened in 1995, is preparing [...]

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