Flybys

Another FW 190A is reborn

Jan 05, 2012 2 Comments

A reconstructed Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter flew for the first time over its home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 9, 2011, thanks to an alliance with the German Flugwerk company that also manufactures full-size Fw 190A reproduction aircraft kits. Owners Don and Linda Hansen began the Focke Wulf’s restoration in 2000. Frank Hohmann [...]

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T-38 Replacement Road Tour

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

In its effort to promote the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) is a perfect replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s T-38C Talon, two Hawks embarked upon a “road tour” of the United States that began with an airshow performance in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 21. The tour was scheduled to end in January at [...]

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Juno Spacecraft on its way to Jupiter

Oct 29, 2011 No Comments

After a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the NASA spacecraft Juno is safely on its way to the planet Jupiter. To get into space, the large and heavy spacecraft was launched atop an Atlas V-551 rocket at 12:25 p.m. local time on August 5, 2011. The journey is to take [...]

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Hunter Heaven

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments

When the prototype of the Sydney Camm-designed Hawker Hunter first flew at Dunsfold, Surrey, UK on July 20, 1951, its success and future were not assured. A rival interceptor, fighter aircraft from Supermarine, the Swift, was also competing for the RAF F.43/46 requirement. Sixty years later, the total production figure of 1,985 aircraft speaks for [...]

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EV-55 Outback

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments

After more than six years of development, the Evektor EV-55M Outback twin turboprop made its first flight June 24 from the Czech Republic town of Kunovice. The 30-minute test signaled the beginning of a new direction for Evektor, maker of the EuroStar and SportStar sport planes, into the commercial utility market. The high-wing Outback, which [...]

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The amazing rescue of Fango 45

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

    On 8 April 1982, the following crew conversation takes place inside Fango 43, an Idaho ANG RF-4C flying a twilight low-level radar mission over eastern Oregon.   PILOT:  “Ground speed set at 480.” WSO:  “Okay, turn right to two-zero-three.” PILOT:  “Steady two-zero-three.” WSO:  “Okay, come one-half left and hold that.” PILOT:  “Rawj.” WSO:  “Clear [...]

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Aardvarks Down: Last F-111s Fly

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

On December 3, 2010, another great aircraft was retired from service, and this time it was in Australia. The F-111 was one of the most controversial aircraft ever flown by the USAF. It was battle-tested in the Vietnam War and proved to be one of the most effective attack aircraft in the Gulf War. The [...]

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SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Makes a Big Splash

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

Space flight history was recently enjoyed by the SpaceX Company, when its Falcon 9 launch system successfully carried its Dragon spacecraft into low orbit and returned it safely to a predetermined splashdown point some 500 miles (804 kilometers) off the coast of southern California. This was the first time a commercial company had successfully recovered [...]

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