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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Carlo Maria Piazza, Italian early aviator. 1912 – A Wright B Flyer, designated S.C. No. 7, is used to make the first flight of an American military airplane outside the continental U.S. when it is flown in the Philippines. 1918 – Germany launches Operation Michael; in the initial attack against the […]
Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glen Veno wants to share the “different sensory experience” of the Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter this summer. He’ll get that opportunity, but not in Hamburg Township as he had hoped. And not adjacent to a Vietnam War replica memorial listing his 58,000-plus fellow American soldiers killed in the war. A […]

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VTOL X-Plane Competition Ramps Up

VTOL X-Plane Competition Ramps Up

The longtime hunt for the ultimate military hybrid – part helicopter, part airplane – may finally be over. Narrowed down to a final four contenders, the Phantom Swift has come out of the gate looking strong with a smart design and the coolest name. Made by Boeing, the aircraft giant’s strange design incorporates fans on […]
Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former U.S. Navy training plane with a big smile. “It’s good to be mayor,” says Bob Buckhorn, moments after taking a flight across Florida’s Tampa Bay in a North American SNJ single engine prop plane. The plane was part of the Geico Skytypers Airshow team, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Birth of Toshio Ota, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1932 – Luftschiffbau Zeppelin begins regular trans-atlantic services between Germany and Brazil using the Graf Zeppelin airship. 1950 – Operation Musgrave begins when Royal Air Force Avro Lincoln bombers are sent to Singapore to be used against the Communist guerillas of Malaya in […]
Thunderbirds to Headline Florida Air Show

Thunderbirds to Headline Florida Air Show

The jets return to the 34th annual Florida International Air Show March 29-30. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will bring the roar, the speed and the action to the Southwest Florida skies this March. It’s enough excitement to make fans break that old bomber jacket out of the closet again. Air show fans will be […]

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Blue Angels Return to LA County Air Show

Blue Angels Return to LA County Air Show

Some of the world’s finest aircraft is set to take over the skies above California’s Antelope Valley this weekend. KNX 1070′s Brian Ping reports the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will arrive at Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in preparation for the Los Angeles County Air Show. While the Air Force typically performed about 1,000 flyovers annually before […]
Malay Airliner Search: Aboard a P-8 Poseidon

Malay Airliner Search: Aboard a P-8 Poseidon

A nine-hour search of the Indian Ocean by the world’s most sophisticated search plane failed to locate the objects spotted by a satellite that investigators believe could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, instead finding only a freighter and two pods of dolphins. The hunt by the U.S. Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon airplane is an indication […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Christian Frank Schilt, one of the first U.S. Marine Corps aviators who served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. 1910 – Orville Wright begins training students in Montgomery, Ala., at a site that later becomes Maxwell Air Force Base. 1954 – First flight of the Auster […]
USAF Begins Training Sorties in Poland

USAF Begins Training Sorties in Poland

U.S. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, began off-site aerial training for the first time since their arrival at Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group here, March 18. The training enhances interoperability, allowing pilots to take advantage of a unique opportunity to operate across the range […]
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