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Smoke Squadron Pilots Die in Crash

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a military demonstration team plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were the pilot and co-pilot of a Smoke Squadron plane which crashed onto the ground during training, authorities [...]

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Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

When 18-year-old Latifa Nabizada graduated from helicopter flight school in 1991 along with her younger sister, Lailuma, they proudly became Afghanistan’s first-ever female pilots. But they also received their wings and their commissions at the peak of the destructive Afghan civil war, which immediately threw the two women into perilous combat. They were flying for [...]

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Iraqi Airways Receives its First 737-800

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways, the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline, one of the oldest in the Middle East. “The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernize our fleet and integrate into the regional and [...]

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Hawkeye D-Model Production Heats Up

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft are entering full-rate production for the U.S. Navy. Five of the twin-engine, turboprop aircraft, which can take off from aircraft carriers, are being produced under the Lot 1 award from the Navy’s E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office. The contract is worth $775 million. “Moving from low-rate [...]

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Seahorse Shines Again at MCAS New River

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Suleski Throughout the ages many works of art have depicted victories and scenes of valor in the face of danger and almost-certain death. The aviation memorial near the main gate of Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C., joins legions of such art, including [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of William “Bill” Thaw II, an American World War I flying ace who also was the first to fly up New York’s East River under all four Manhattan bridges. 1915 – Royal Navy Flight Commander Charles Edmonds becomes the first pilot to attack a ship with an air-launched torpedo;  flying a Short Type 184 from [...]

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Taiwan Aerobatics Team Turns 60

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The Republic of China Air Force’s Thunder Tigers aerobatics team celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday by putting on an aerial display for thousands of people at Tainan Air Force Base in southern Taiwan. The base was opened to the public Saturday for the celebration of the anniversary and of Air Force Day, which falls officially [...]

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Michigan Air Show Packs ‘Em In

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

The Thunder Over Michigan air show rumbled the heavens over Willow Run Airport during its final day Sunday. Preliminary estimates indicate up to 40,000 people attended the two-day event that kicked off Saturday — serving up excitement and American aviation history, which was not always airborne. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson knows [...]

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