Military

The Lancaster Bomber: That Magnificent Flying Machine

May 16, 2013 No Comments

The Dambusters raid, which took place on this day in 1943, could never have happened without the mighty four-engined Avro Lancaster, undoubtedly the greatest heavy bomber of World War II. The daring mission of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron required a plane that was capable of both precision low flying in the face of [...]

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Warbird Group to Offer Glimpse of World War II-era Trainer

May 16, 2013 No Comments

A World War II-era plane that once searched for enemy submarines is flying again. Royal Navy 605, a Stinson AT-19 derivative of the company’s Reliant monoplane, is based at Moore County Airport near Southern Pines, N.C., and is flown by the Carolinas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. The gullwing airplane originally was built in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 15, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Carleton Main Clement, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1928 – Rev. John Flynn founds the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia at Cloncurry, Queensland, using a de Havilland DH.50. The service takes medical services to remote parts of the Australian bush. 1938 – First flight of the first production Supermarine [...]

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USAF Launches Final A-10 Sortie in Europe

May 15, 2013 No Comments

The final A-10 Thunderbolt II tactical sortie in Europe was launched by the U.S. Air Force from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on Tuesday. The airframe belongs to the 52nd Fighter Wing’s 81st Fighter Squadron, which inactivates in June. “I’m proud to be a part of the last sortie,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Hogan, the [...]

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Retired Jets May Have New Mission at Sea

May 15, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Air Force jets that once were at home in the skies may soon find a more permanent residence at sea. The two McDonnell F-101 Voodoo aircraft recently removed from the Panama City Marina and Gulf Coast State College are now being proposed for use as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Although [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2013 No Comments

1884 – Birth of Claude Honoré Desiré Dornier, German airplane builder and founder of Dornier Flugzeugwerke. 1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship. 1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and 40 French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over the River Meuse. 1973 – Skylab, the United [...]

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Flying Tigers Vet Honored at Georgia Middle School

May 14, 2013 No Comments

One of only four surviving members of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force was honored Monday night with a concert performance by students of Lovinggood Middle School in Powder Springs, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. Maj. Edward Stiles Sr. is the honoree, is the grandfather of Lovinggood’s assistant band director Michelle Koenig. [...]

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Navy X-47B to Make History Today

May 14, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy plans to make aviation history on Tuesday by catapulting an unmanned jet off an aircraft carrier for the first time, testing a long-range, stealthy, bat-winged plane that represents a jump forward in drone technology. The Northrop Grumman X-47B, which can carry the equivalent of two precision-guided bombs and fly 2,000 nautical miles [...]

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