Military

USAF Museum Shows Off X-Planes

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by NASA Three unique research aircraft previously flown by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center or its predecessor organizations have recently been placed on display at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Museum staff and volunteers moved the Northrop X-4 Bantam and one of two General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft to the exhibit area on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

1888 – Birth of John Leacroft, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1909 – As a joke to prove pigs could fly, British aviator John Moore-Brabazon put a small pig in a wastepaper basket tied to a wing strut of his Short Biplane No. 2; the flight may have [...]

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UK Pilot Starts 7,000-Mile Trip in Stearman

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

With support from Boeing, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor has taken off on a 7,000-mile solo journey, in a reconditioned Boeing Stearman open-cockpit biplane, to retrace Lady Mary Heath’s historic 1928 flight between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Heath was the first pilot, male or female, to make such a journey. Curtis-Taylor, a UK-based pilot, departed [...]

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Hemet-Ryan Air Show Thrills Crowd

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

Some came to look back at their past, others came to glimpse into their future. No matter their motive, the thousands of people in attendance appeared to enjoy the Hemet-Ryan Air Show in California on Saturday. The crowd spread out across the grounds of the Hemet-Ryan Airport, many in lawn chairs, others on blankets and some [...]

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Washington Warbird Museum to Move

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by Heritage Flight Museum The Heritage Flight Museum, located at Bellingham (Wash.) International Airport, has announced that it will be moving its aircraft and collections to its hangar at Skagit Regional Airport. “The people of the community have been fantastic and we regret our need for departure,” said Heritage Flight Museum Executive [...]

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F-35 Achieves Live Missile Launch

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Wednesday. The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was fired from an F-35A (AF-6) conventional take-off and landing variant fighter operating from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Edwards [...]

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Fire Scout Makes First Flights

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

A larger and more powerful version of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter made its first two flights on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said as it plans to start using the new aircraft next year. The MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for 7 minutes in its first flight at Naval Base Ventura County [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

1869 – Birth of William Adger Moffett, American pilot and architect of U.S. naval aviation; he was later known as the “Air Admiral.” 1926 – Death of Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss), an American stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts and an early aviator. 1944 [...]

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