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NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

It is the morning of the last test flight before the first joint NASA-NOAA mission to map melting ice caps, and “Miss Piggy” is being difficult. Sitting on the flightline just outside Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base, the venerable Orion P-3, refurbished three years ago, is oozing some hydraulic fluid. And just before […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Herbert Frank Stacey Drewittt, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1918 – U.S. Naval Reserve Force pilot Ensign John F. McNamara, flying from RNAS Portland (an Royal Navy air station in England), makes the first attack on an enemy submarine by a U.S. naval aviator. 1930 – First flight of […]

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‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

The first presidential aircraft to be called Air Force One is being resurrected by a company in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. On Wednesday, the aircraft built in 1948 spread its wings once again. The first Air Force One, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C121A Constellation, flew from Arizona to Texas to its final destination in Bridgewater, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Gustave Victorin Daladier, French World War I fighter ace. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps is formed. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D Skyknight, (D-2s shown), a U.S. twin-engine, midwing jet fighter, designed as a carrier-based all-weather aircraft. 1961 – Death of Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko, Soviet fighter pilot […]

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English WWII Collection Auctioned

English WWII Collection Auctioned

A replica Supermarine Spitfire, sold as part of a collection of rare aircraft memorabilia dating from the Second World War, fetched £34,000 when it went under the hammer. The sale, which took place at Sutton on Saturday, was organized by Cambridgeshire, England, auctioneers Cheffins. It raised a total of £160,000 – double the expected amount. Star […]

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Technicalities May Cause F-16 Line to Stop

Technicalities May Cause F-16 Line to Stop

On the 45th anniversary of the F-16 lightweight fighter’s first flight, Lockheed Martin faces the very real prospect of turning off “Fighting Falcon” production as prospective customers like Pakistan struggle to clear the U.S. government’s regulatory and funding processes. After assembling more than 4,500 F-16s in almost 140 different configurations, the Fort Worth, Texas, production […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Gregory Hamilton Blaxland, Australian World War I flying ace. 1915 – World War I’s Battle of Neuve Chappelle opens. The assault on Neuve Chappelle is based, for the first time in the history of warfare, on maps prepared solely by photographic reconnaissance. The battle also includes the first attempt at air […]

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Nocturnal Hunter

Nocturnal Hunter

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.
The Medal of  Honor Mess

The Medal of Honor Mess

Sorting through Problems with Our Highest Award The military awards and decorations system is broken. The Medal of Honor (MoH) is the prime example because of service agendas, insider influence, and political patronage. But we should remember that MoH recipients do not make the rules, although a few have influenced them. Eddie Rickenbacker lobbied Congress […]
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