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Israel Kicks Off Air Force Manuvers

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

The largest aerial manoeuvre ever held in Israel began Sunday, with the participation of 60 aircraft from four countries. Code-named “Blue Flag,” the exercise includes seven combat squadrons from the Israeli Air Force and one squadron each from the air forces of the U.S., Greece and Italy. The Polish air force was also scheduled to [...]

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More Tours Offered on JFK’s Jet

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

It’s one of the most historic artifacts associated with that fateful day and it’s on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Museum officials say as you walk through SAM 26000, it’s a walk through history. According to the museum’s website, It’s the acronym for Special Air Mission 26000, Kennedy’s Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Wiley Hardeman Post, famed American aviator; he became the first pilot to fly solo around the world. 1916 – First flight of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (5a shown above), a World War I British biplane fighter. 1935 – Pan Am commences the first trans-Pacific airmail service, flying a Martin M.130 from San Francisco, Calif., [...]

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South Korea to Order F-35s

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin F-35As to satisfy a fighter requirement initially set at 60 aircraft, its joint chiefs of staff announced on Nov. 22. A further 20 fighters, not necessarily F-35s, may be ordered later, subject to security and fiscal circumstances. The decision almost certainly puts an end to Boeing’s hopes of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of John Joseph Seerley, Jr., American World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14, a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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Russia Set to Get More Combat Planes

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Russian military is getting a total of 67 new combat aircraft this year, an official from the United Aircraft Corporation said Wednesday. “Sixty-seven new aircraft were slated to be delivered in 2013, and they will all be delivered,” Vladimir Mikhailov, director of military aviation programs at the UAC, said at a roundtable conference on [...]

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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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