Military

Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon. Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita. Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canadian World War I flying ace William Wendell Rogers shoots down a Gotha G bomber piloted by German Blue Max order of merit winner Hauptmann Rudolf Kleine, killing Kleine and his three crew members. 1937 – While anchored upstream from [...]

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Living Legends Ceremony Set for January

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, will be honored next month at the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smith is due to receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award, while Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry [...]

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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Set ’14 Schedules

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

OK, air show fans, the 2014 season is just around the corner and the top military teams in the world, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, have released their schedules! Check out the Blues show dates here and the Thunderbirds here, then go see ‘em at a show near you. Photo by U.S. Navy

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator [...]

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VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, received the Silver Star aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Monday for taking immediate action against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pinned the nation’s [...]

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Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21FL fighter jet aircraft, which had heralded the “supersonic era” in the Indian Air Force and had changed the course of the 1971 Indo-Pak war due to its accurate targeting ability, flew into the annals of history today. “I have the greatest professional regard for MiG-21. The agility of MiG-21 cannot be matched by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Morzik, German World War I pilot and high-ranking officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 1933 – Charles Kingsford Smith in a Percival Gull IV lands in Darwin, Australia, after flying from Lympne Aerodrome in England; the trip sets a record for solo flight between the two countries [...]

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