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First C-27J Spartan arrives late for duty

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The first C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to become operational with U.S. forces has arrived at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Ohio. The Italian-built C-27J has been called a “Mini C-130” because it houses two engines (instead of four), and its propellers are identical to those of second-generation Hercules transports. Mansfield’s first aircraft (no. [...]

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Boeing rolls out 1,000th 767, begins new assembly line

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

When the 1,000th Boeing 767—a 767-300ER—rolled off the original assembly line, history was marked in two ways. The rollout marks 29 years of service for the venerable wide-body twinjet just as 767 production moves to a new, smaller bay design to improve efficiency. The 767 originally went into service in 1982, and it’s offered in [...]

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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is world’s newest jetliner

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The largest ever Boeing airliner has made a successful first flight. The 4-hour 25-minute flight was from Boeing’s 747 production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to Boeing’s developmental site at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. This newest version of the 747 took off at 9:59 a.m. and landed at 2:24 p.m. local time. [...]

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri – the rest of the story!

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Having flown 100 combat missions during the brutally cold winter of 1950-51 in Korea on the same type of sorties as those described—I can readily understand the situation. The main difference is that we had to land under marginal weather conditions on wet/icy PSP runways but we faced the same flak and 50 cal guns [...]

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Run Over by a Carrier

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Jerry ‘Turkey’ Tucker was with the Blue Angels during the last years of the F4′s then stayed on for the first two years of the A4. During Viet Nam he flew F8U’s. He’s now a senior Captain for Southwest. Here’s his incredible true story of falling off a carrier while inside his aircraft. yikes It [...]

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I’ve Lost My Rio

Jun 09, 2008 No Comments

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Walt Boyne speaks from experience about flying

May 27, 2008 No Comments

My first assignment out of flying school was to Castle Air Force Base, with the 330th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group. There in January, 1953 I was introduced to the Boeing B-50D Superfortress.    The introduction was a little rough, for the day I arrived, a B-50D from  another squadron had gone in, [...]

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Blackbird Mission Over Israel’s Live Battle Fields

Nov 27, 2007 No Comments

Egypt and Syria opened an offensive against Israel, in late ‘ 73, by launching a coordinated series of air, armored and artillery attacks into the Sinai and Golan Heights.  The preemptive strike came as a result of a diplomatic failure to resolve territorial disputes.  Egypt’s Sadat was convinced he had to initiate a war with [...]

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