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Marine Pilot Recalls Grenada Invasion

Marine Pilot Recalls Grenada Invasion

Thirty years ago, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Michael Mattie expected to spend a month with his helicopter squadron undergoing winter training in Norway. Instead, the 26-year-old helicopter pilot found himself in two of the world’s hot spots, dodging enemy fire. Mattie, now 56 and a father of five, related his involvement as the nation this week […]
Blue Angels to Fly Again in 2014

Blue Angels to Fly Again in 2014

The return of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for their 2014 air show season, including Florida’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, has been funded by the Pentagon. The team been grounded since April, and thus through most of their 2013 schedule, due to the federal spending cuts known as sequestration. “We’re excited to be out there again for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1880 – Death of Charles-Alphonse Pénaud, French pioneer of aviation and inventor of the rubber band-powered model airplane. 1922 – Amelia Mary Earhart with her yellow Kinner Airster biplane nicknamed “The Canary” reaches an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for female pilots. 1933 – Birth of Donald Herod Peterson, U.S. Air Force […]
USAF Pilots Train in Small World

USAF Pilots Train in Small World

Imagine graduating from college and commissioning through the U.S. Air Force ROTC as a brand-new officer, assigned to pilot training at an air force base 1,300 miles from home. Then imagine discovering that in the same squadron, in the same class and in the same flight is someone from your small hometown nestled among the […]

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Learjet, 50 Years Later

Learjet, 50 Years Later

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a […]
Gulfstream Sets Records with G650

Gulfstream Sets Records with G650

Gulfstream has set an impressive world speed record in its new flagship G650, completing the fastest ever westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic airplane. A crew of five pilots circled the globe in 41 hours, 7 minutes, establishing a National Aeronautic Association-certified record. On the journey, which took place in July, the G650 also claimed […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Alexander Mikhailovich Pishvanov, Russian World War I flying ace, engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Seversky Aircraft. 1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII, flew a distance of 4.3 miles. 1942 – On a flight from Hawaii to Canton Island, a Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress, carrying top-scoring U.S. World War […]
Honor Held Up Among WWI Airmen

Honor Held Up Among WWI Airmen

It stands out of as a glimmer of humanity amid the horror of the First World War. Two British airmen failed to return from a patrol over enemy territory, their fate unknown, until a German aircraft took a perilous mission over the British lines to drop a note conforming their deaths. But that was not the […]

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Mahindra to Build GA8 in India

Mahindra to Build GA8 in India

Mahindra Aerospace, the aircraft and components manufacturing arm of Mahindra group, will start producing the first eight-seat aircraft in India in the next two years. “You can expect that within a time-frame of two years, we will have a full-fledged eight-seater aircraft being manufactured in India,” said Hemant Luthra, president of Mahindra Systech, of which […]
October Historic Month for Louisiana Crashes

October Historic Month for Louisiana Crashes

Oct. 20 was a bad day in the life of Louisiana military flying crews, Shreveport (La.) Times readers learned to their sorrow many times over past decades as they read the news the next morning. Crashes in 1942 and 1944 claimed several lives and three airframes at Barksdale Field, near Bossier City, and 50 years […]
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