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Dream Chaser Flying, Sorta

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments

Sierra Nevada conducted a captive carriage test flight of the Dream Chaser engineering test article Thursday at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California in preparation for the start of approach and landing free flight tests next month. The two-hour flight covered a three-mile route over the dry lake bed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

1834 – Birth of Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. 1909 – The first international aviation meeting begins in Bétheny, France; 23 European airplanes make 87 flights during one week and the meeting will have a strong influence on the technical and military aspects of flight. 1914 – [...]

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Sukhoi Fighters to Put on Show at MAKS

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 and Su-35S multirole fighter jets will perform stunning aerobatics at Moscow’s MAKS International Aviation and Space show next week, their maker Sukhoi said Thursday. The jets will display dramatic maneuvers, including what is known as the Puchagev Cobra in which a flying airplane suddenly raises its nose to the vertical position and slightly beyond, and [...]

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USMC Squadron Says Farewell to ‘Phrogs’

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

The Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 “Flying Tigers” are in their final days flying the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights. Later this year, the squadron will transition to the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and decommission the Sea Knights, according to U.S. Marine Corps officials. The Marine Corps has been flying Sea Knights, or [...]

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Final North American A318 Retired

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

The Airbus A318 can be thought of as the black sheep of the Airbus family. With a grand total of only 79 airframes built, the A318 program was simply not meant to be. Earlier this month, the final A318 based in North America, belonging to Frontier Airlines, has been retired at the young age of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

1879 – Birth of Claude Grahame White, English aviation pioneer and the first to make a night flight; he also founded Grahame-White Aviation Co. 1929 – Nicholas B. “Nick” Mamer and and Arthur Walker lands in Spokane, Wash., after a 120-hour flight using inflight refueling to make the distance from Spokane to San Francisco, New [...]

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Chinese Aerobatic Team to Perform in Russia

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

The August 1st Air Demonstration Team, China’s first and best-known aerobatic flight display team, will stage its first overseas show in Moscow with Chengdu J-10 jet fighters, which will fly outside China for the first time. An unidentified number of J-10s from the aerobatic team, part of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, left an [...]

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First Production AT-6 Makes Smooth Flight

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

Beechcraft Corp. completed the inaugural flight of the first production AT-6 multimission light aircraft Tuesday morning in Wichita, Kan., as employees, dignitaries and others watched. Pilots Lionel Alford and J.D. O’Malley started the engine, taxied to the runway and took to the skies. “It is a fantastic airplane to fly,” Alford said after landing. “We call [...]

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