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Kuwait Receives Its First C-17

Kuwait Receives Its First C-17

Boeing today delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. “With this airlifter […]
Bell Delivers Last Converted AH-1W Cobra

Bell Delivers Last Converted AH-1W Cobra

By David Bell, AINonline This week Bell redelivered the 37th and last AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra light attack helicopter to be remanufactured to the new AH-1Z Viper, or “Zulu” configuration. From now on, all AH-1Z production will be completely new-build aircraft. The U.S.Marine Corps has a program of record covering 189 AH-1Zs, and already has two squadrons converted from the AH-1W. A third […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1912 – Birth of Fusata Iida, Sino-Japanese and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1945 – Death of Kenji Kato, Japanese World War II flying ace. 1959 – The […]
RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

An Airbus A330 plummeted thousands of feet during a flight to Afghanistan while carrying 190 people. The Royal Air Force today said it would pause flights of military-registered Voyager planes following the incident on Sunday. The aircraft was on its way to Afghanistan but was forced to divert to an airfield in Turkey after some of the 180 […]

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737-Based Subhunter a Draw at Air Show

737-Based Subhunter a Draw at Air Show

The star attraction at Asia’s biggest arms and aerospace bazaar is an outwardly unassuming aircraft parked in a distant corner of the tarmac, past the sleek jet fighters and menacing attack helicopters. An operational P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft is on public display for the first time, with its manufacturer, Boeing , hoping for rich sales […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Rudolf Stark, German World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanied his cousin, the balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1945 – First flight of the Consolidated Vultee XP-81, an American single-seat, long-range escort […]

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Algerian C-130 Crashes, 103 Die

Algerian C-130 Crashes, 103 Die

By The Associated Press An Algerian military transport plane crashed Tuesday in the country’s mountainous east, killing 103 people, according to an Algerian intelligence official. The intelligence officer said the crash killed everybody on board, including the 4 crew members, a total of 103 people. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not […]
Black Knights Reform for Air Show

Black Knights Reform for Air Show

Singapore’s Black Knights aerobatic team has been reformed for the seventh time to wow the crowd at this year’s Singapore Airshow at Changi Air Base (East), located at the eastern end of the island country. The six Lockheed Martin F-16Cs have been painted in a snazzy new red-and-white design. Led by Lt. Col. Joseph Leong, […]

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‘Borrowed’ England Spitfire Heads Home

‘Borrowed’ England Spitfire Heads Home

A special Second World War Supermarine Spitfire is winging its way back to Hendon, England, a London suburb, for the first time in almost 20 years. The fighter plane, Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MT847, is being returned for a special exhibition at the Hendon RAF Museum after being on display in Manchester since 1995. Having seen action during the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Sir William Lawrie Welsh, a Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during World War II’s Operation Torch; he was a Royal Naval Air Service pilot during World War I. 1929 – American Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well […]
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