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B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

Optimism in the face of overwhelming odds tells a lot about a man — especially a wide-eyed 20-year-old lieutenant fighting the controls of a crippled bomber over the heart of World War II Germany. Hiram resident Keylon Clarke, now 90, started Sept. 28, 1944, at a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in Glatton, England, as […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds. 1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher […]

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Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Southern California skies will fill with pilots heading to Long Beach Airport (LGB) for the 90th Anniversary Fly-In on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. The public is also welcome to attend this free event where local pilots display their planes to the community. “Long Beach has 90 years of rich aviation history, and […]
Finnish Hawks Collide in Midair, Pilots Eject

Finnish Hawks Collide in Midair, Pilots Eject

By The Associated Press The Finnish defense force says that two BAE Systems Hawk jets have collided in midair during a training flight and that both pilots ejected. The air force says officials have been in contact with one of the pilots but gave no details in a brief statement on its website. It declined […]

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Military Drones in NY Grounded After Crash

Military Drones in NY Grounded After Crash

Officials of the Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing suspended all General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone flights in Central New York Tuesday after one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into Lake Ontario about 12 miles from the eastern shore during a routine training flight. A Coast Guard helicopter and search vessel were unable to recover […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Harold Anthony “Doc” Oaks, a Canadian World War I flying ace and bush aviation pioneer. 1919 – First flight of the Sopwith Snark (shown above), a prototype British triplane fighter. 1941 – Alma Heflin, first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper […]

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X-47B Back on Deck for Testing

X-47B Back on Deck for Testing

The U.S. Navy showcased what one senior officer said was the “sausage being made during test and evaluation” this past weekend as one of its Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Demonstrators experienced an anomaly during a media tour aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. The anomaly was resolved quickly with a 90-min. reboot of the Northrop […]
National Naval Aviation Museum Turns 50

National Naval Aviation Museum Turns 50

Many who have admired the power and precision behind the synchronized aerobatic maneuvers of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels have dreamed of taking to the skies in one of those distinctive blue Boeing F/A-18 Hornets themselves. It’s possible to get the experience at the National Naval Aviation Museum at […]

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In Memoriam: A Canadian Airman’s Story

In Memoriam: A Canadian Airman’s Story

The land appears more blue than green; the lakes splashed randomly amidst the untamed forest seemingly go on forever. This is northern Manitoba. They look like white sentinels; the ramrod straight headstones rising from the manicured lawn seemingly never end. This is England’s Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. That a line can be drawn from one to the […]
U.K. Accepts Its First RC-135 Rivet Joint

U.K. Accepts Its First RC-135 Rivet Joint

The first Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint intelligence-gathering aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) has been delivered to its main operating base at RAF Waddington. The aircraft – ZZ664 – arrived at Waddington on Nov. 12 after a flight from Majors Field, Greenville, Texas via Bangor, Maine. The aircraft, which was converted from a 1964-vintage […]
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