Military

Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

When 18-year-old Latifa Nabizada graduated from helicopter flight school in 1991 along with her younger sister, Lailuma, they proudly became Afghanistan’s first-ever female pilots. But they also received their wings and their commissions at the peak of the destructive Afghan civil war, which immediately threw the two women into perilous combat. They were flying for [...]

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Hawkeye D-Model Production Heats Up

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft are entering full-rate production for the U.S. Navy. Five of the twin-engine, turboprop aircraft, which can take off from aircraft carriers, are being produced under the Lot 1 award from the Navy’s E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office. The contract is worth $775 million. “Moving from low-rate [...]

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Seahorse Shines Again at MCAS New River

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Suleski Throughout the ages many works of art have depicted victories and scenes of valor in the face of danger and almost-certain death. The aviation memorial near the main gate of Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C., joins legions of such art, including [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of William “Bill” Thaw II, an American World War I flying ace who also was the first to fly up New York’s East River under all four Manhattan bridges. 1915 – Royal Navy Flight Commander Charles Edmonds becomes the first pilot to attack a ship with an air-launched torpedo;  flying a Short Type 184 from [...]

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Taiwan Aerobatics Team Turns 60

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The Republic of China Air Force’s Thunder Tigers aerobatics team celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday by putting on an aerial display for thousands of people at Tainan Air Force Base in southern Taiwan. The base was opened to the public Saturday for the celebration of the anniversary and of Air Force Day, which falls officially [...]

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Michigan Air Show Packs ‘Em In

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The Thunder Over Michigan air show rumbled the heavens over Willow Run Airport during its final day Sunday. Preliminary estimates indicate up to 40,000 people attended the two-day event that kicked off Saturday — serving up excitement and American aviation history, which was not always airborne. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson knows [...]

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USMC Ospreys Continue Okinawa Move

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps resumed deployment of the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey aircraft on Aug. 12 to Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, one week after a different military rescue helicopter crashed in a mountainous area of Camp Hansen, heightening safety concerns. After the accident, the Marines announced they were delaying deployment of 10 Osprey aircraft to Marine [...]

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Ohio ‘Thud’ to Be Restored

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The F-105B Thunderchief won’t ever fly again, but a small team of restorationists is hoping to make it look like it could. The group is restoring the F-105 that’s been sitting for years in front of Ohio’s Zanesville Municipal Airport. Right now, the Cold War-era plane is looking a little scraggly — corroded metal, holes [...]

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