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Blue Angels Grounded for Rest of 2013 Season

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

The high-speed, high-altitude acrobatic maneuvers and tight formations of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be missing from dozens of festivals and air shows across the country this year. All Blue Angels performances for the remainder of 2013 have been canceled, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision is a result of budget constraints caused by [...]

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USAF To Ground 17 Combat Air Squadrons

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times. The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making [...]

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Saving the Canso

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

What started out as six farmers from Fairview, Alberta, looking to save a piece of Canadian aviation history, has snowballed into a national movement to get a downed Canso PBY 5A back in the air. Even though the plane already had a Newfoundland connection, St. Anthony and Stephenville is playing a big part in getting it [...]

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Large C-17 Formation Set to Take Off Wednesday

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

A multi-ship formation of Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs is scheduled to take off tomorrow, April 10, to conduct a variety of U.S. Air Force training missions from Joint Base Charleston in North Charleston, N.C. Up to 21 C-17s will take off in the morning and will depart on a training route that will include airdrops, aerial [...]

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MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

Apr 06, 2013 No Comments

The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, the world’s first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, will have its “Balikatan” debut this April 5 to 17. The Ospreys will be used as ship-to-shore connectors. A U.S. Marine Corps statement said that this will the first time the MV-22B will be used to conduct single and dual-point sling loads from a dry [...]

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WWII Through the Eyes of a Youth

Apr 05, 2013 No Comments

We are thrilled to share a feature story from the current issue of Flight Journal from longtime MAN contributor Jim Newman! He notes, “Throughout my 43 years in the U.S., on finding that I grew up in England during the war years, people will ask ‘What was it like? Did you see German aeroplanes?’ Even [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year. 1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at [...]

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San Diego Air Wing Draws Marine Aviation Awards

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Marines from a helicopter squadron in California’s Camp Pendleton who battled insurgents during the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall were honored with 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Awards. Maj. Robert “Troll” Weingart, a Bell AH-1W Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, won the Alfred A. Cunningham aviator of [...]

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