Military

Special Ops Unit Gets Gray Eagle UAV

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

When E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) (Airborne), activated last month, it become just the fifth Gray Eagle company in the U.S. Army, and the first in special operations. Currently, each Special Forces group has an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platoon consisting of the AAI RQ-7 Shadow, designed to provide UAS support at [...]

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Pearl Harbor Warhawk Returning to U.S.

Dec 07, 2013 No Comments

An American fighter that’s one of the few remaining still-airworthy planes to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being donated to an organization that flies World War II aircraft at living-history events across the United States. Robert Collings, executive director of the Stow, Mass.-based Collings Foundation, said that the purchase of the Curtiss [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

1921 – Birth of George Frederick “Buzz” “Screwball” Beurling (shown), Canada’s most successful World War II fighter pilot; he will shoot down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over Malta and will eventually account for more than 30 kills. 1928 – North American Aviation Inc. is founded; it later produces the P-51 Mustang, the B-25 Mitchell [...]

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U.S. Air Force Flying New Northrop Drone

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force is testing a new unmanned spy plane developed by Northrop Grumman that could be ready for military missions by 2015, Aviation Week magazine reported on Friday, citing defense and intelligence officials. Aviation Week said Northrop won the contract to build the drone, the RQ-180, after a competition that included Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, maker [...]

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Wildcat Delivered to San Diego Museum

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

One of the stars of the Battle of the Midway now has a home at that USS Midway Museum. A rare Grumman F4F Wildcat arrived at the downtown San Diego museum after several years spent in restoration at the hands of Midway volunteers. U.S. Navy pilots flying the Wildcat were pivotal in the June 1942 battle [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

1918 – Birth of Walker Melville “Bud” Mahurin, American World War II and Korean war fighter ace; he becomes the only U.S. Air Force pilot to score in both the European and Pacific Theaters and the Korean War. 1931 – Death of Lowell R. Bayles, American air racer, killed  in the crash of his Gee [...]

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K.C. Air Show to Return in 2015

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

Mark your calendars for Aug. 22 and 23, 2015. That’s when the Kansas City Air Show returns to Wheeler Downtown Airport after a three-year absence. The show will be headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and will include other military and civilian performers and ground displays. The Mid-America Youth Aviation Association will organize [...]

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Modernized Il-76 Completes Flight Tests

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

Russia’s newest military transport aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, has completed an initial flight-test program and has now returned to its maker Aviastar SP for subsequent modifications. Conducted by the Ilyushin design bureau and the nation’s defence ministry at the Zhukovsky flight research centre near Moscow, the early-stage evaluations consisted of 38 flights. These focused in particular on the aircraft’s flight [...]

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