Military

South Korea to Order F-35s

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin F-35As to satisfy a fighter requirement initially set at 60 aircraft, its joint chiefs of staff announced on Nov. 22. A further 20 fighters, not necessarily F-35s, may be ordered later, subject to security and fiscal circumstances. The decision almost certainly puts an end to Boeing’s hopes of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of John Joseph Seerley, Jr., American World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14, a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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Russia Set to Get More Combat Planes

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Russian military is getting a total of 67 new combat aircraft this year, an official from the United Aircraft Corporation said Wednesday. “Sixty-seven new aircraft were slated to be delivered in 2013, and they will all be delivered,” Vladimir Mikhailov, director of military aviation programs at the UAC, said at a roundtable conference on [...]

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A-10 May Be Slated for Chopping Block

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane nicknamed the “Warthog,” is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon’s endangered weapons list. Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling gun the size of a Volkswagen Beetle in its nose, the Cold War-era plane has a reputation for tearing apart armored tanks and clearing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Birth of Miguel García Pardo, Spanish Nationalist flying ace of the Spanish Civil War; he is credited with the only victory flying a Heinkel He 112 in Spain. 1945 – First flight of the Saab 91 Safir, a Swedish single-engine trainer aircraft. 1953 – U.S. Navy pilot Scott Crossfield flies the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket (shown above) past [...]

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Navy P-3s Help Philippines Relief Efforts

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

With thousands dead, missing and injured in the wake of Typhoon Hiayan in the Philippines, two U.S. Navy patrol squadrons from Jacksonville, Fla., are doing their part to help. U.S. Navy Patrol Squadrons 26 and 62, based in Jacksonville and stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, are assisting in the relief efforts by surveying the [...]

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P-8A Poseidon Debuts at Dubai

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

Among the military aircraft attracting the most attention at the Dubai Air Show is one of the U.S. Navy’s latest pieces of kit – the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. The anti-submarine and anti-ship aircraft is in its last stages of testing and is making its first trip outside the U.S. However, despite the exotic sounding title, the [...]

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Museum Celebrates Hornet’s First Flight

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

In celebration of the F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum let visitors climb into the cockpit of an actual F/A-18 and added an additional display in the museum aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 16-17. “We opened up the F/A-18 on display for servicemembers and their families to see it [...]

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