Military

Historic Hurricane to Fly Special Mission

Aug 07, 2013 No Comments

The rare sight and sound of a World War II Hawker Hurricane XIII will be seen and heard over the Angus County skies in Scotland today. In a poignant celebration of a romance of seven decades ago, the veteran aircraft G-HURI will undertake a special mission from Kent to pass over the grave of sweethearts [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

1910 – An international aviation meeting opens at Lanark, Scotland, drawing a wide range of flyers and airplanes. In all, 22 competitors participate. 1922 – Birth of Sir Frederick Alfred Laker, a British airline entrepreneur who’s best known for founding Laker Airways. 1944 – George Preddy, a U.S. fighter pilot, shoots down six Messerschmitt Bf [...]

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AirVenture Action Caught on Video

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

For those of us not fortunate enough to attend this year’s AirVenture, the annual aviation love-in that features tiny homebuilts, multi-engined warbirds and everything in between, there’s good news. The Experimental Aircraft Association, the group that’s put on the now week-long event since 1953, has captured many of AirVenture 2013′s best moments on video for [...]

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Brazil to Retire Mirage Fighters

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

The Brazilian Air Force said Monday it would retire its 12 Dassault Mirage jets in late December, a decision that comes as the government mulls a decision on a replacement aircraft. The Mirage fleet, bought from France in 2005 for $80 million to fly for five years, will continue operating until the end of its [...]

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Gathering of the Classics Set for Saturday

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

The annual Gathering of the Classics at the Edenvale Aerodrome in Clearview Township, Ontario, Canada, is this Saturday. Organized by the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation, which is based at the airfield, the event will feature an array of vintage airplanes, cars and motorcycles. The foundation, comprised of aviation buffs, expects up to 250 aircraft will be [...]

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N.C. Air Show Expects Big Crowds

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

The Winston-Salem Air Show in North Carolina, set for next month, could get a boost in attendance this year because federal sequestration has led to the cancellation of air shows across the country, organizers said. Of the typical 300 to 325 yearly air shows throughout the United States about 65 have been canceled this year, according [...]

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U.S. Naval Aviation: Year in Review

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

Having wrapped up more than eight years of missions in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in the final weeks of 2011, U.S. naval aviation began 2012 engaged in one major conflict, the war in Afghanistan. Nearly every carrier and amphibious strike group that deployed during the year spent part of their deployment [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 05, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, founded the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau and the mind behind many MiG military planes. 1918 – The first American night patrol of World War I takes place when a Felixstowe F.2 A flying boat takes off from RAF Killinghome, England. 1950 – A [...]

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