Military

A-10 May Be Slated for Chopping Block

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane nicknamed the “Warthog,” is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon’s endangered weapons list. Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling gun the size of a Volkswagen Beetle in its nose, the Cold War-era plane has a reputation for tearing apart armored tanks and clearing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Birth of Miguel García Pardo, Spanish Nationalist flying ace of the Spanish Civil War; he is credited with the only victory flying a Heinkel He 112 in Spain. 1945 – First flight of the Saab 91 Safir, a Swedish single-engine trainer aircraft. 1953 – U.S. Navy pilot Scott Crossfield flies the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket (shown above) past [...]

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Navy P-3s Help Philippines Relief Efforts

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

With thousands dead, missing and injured in the wake of Typhoon Hiayan in the Philippines, two U.S. Navy patrol squadrons from Jacksonville, Fla., are doing their part to help. U.S. Navy Patrol Squadrons 26 and 62, based in Jacksonville and stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, are assisting in the relief efforts by surveying the [...]

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P-8A Poseidon Debuts at Dubai

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

Among the military aircraft attracting the most attention at the Dubai Air Show is one of the U.S. Navy’s latest pieces of kit – the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. The anti-submarine and anti-ship aircraft is in its last stages of testing and is making its first trip outside the U.S. However, despite the exotic sounding title, the [...]

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Museum Celebrates Hornet’s First Flight

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

In celebration of the F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum let visitors climb into the cockpit of an actual F/A-18 and added an additional display in the museum aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 16-17. “We opened up the F/A-18 on display for servicemembers and their families to see it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp, German World War I and World War II flying ace; he is one of the few two-war aces in history. 1915 – The first combat search and rescue by aircraft in history is done by Royal Navy pilot Richard Bell Davies, who picks up his friend shot down [...]

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Hagerstown Museum Gets C-123

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments

Built in Hagerstown, Md., more than 50 years ago, a Fairchild C-123K Provider aircraft is finally returning home. Out of the 300-plus C-123s that were built in Hagerstown, there are only a handful that are still flying, and this is one of them. Hagerstown Aviation Museum President John Seburn discovered this particular C-123 plane’s existence after stumbling across a listing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

1911 – The first British seaplane to leave the water, and the first seaplane to take off from British waters, is an Avro Type D piloted by Royal Navy Commander Oliver Schwann. He lifts off from Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness, England, briefly, but falls back into the water and damages the Avro. 1923 – Birth of [...]

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