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X-47B Begins Flights from Carrier

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made a catapult launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 14 off the coast of Virginia. With no human on board, the X-47B executed several planned landing approaches to the carrier before landing at Patuxent [...]

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Fuel Pump Worries Detour 787

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

A Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport returned to Boston’s Logan Airport on Thursday because of a possible fuel pump issue on the Boeing 787 aircraft. It’s the latest trouble for the new Dreamliner aircraft after a lithium ion battery problem grounded the fleet in January and a fire erupted on an empty Ethiopian [...]

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Free: Original Drawing of Sikorsky “Le Grand”

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

When 23 year-old Igor Sikorsky proposed building the world’s biggest airplane and the first four-engine airplane, he was laughed at. However, in 1913, he proved his detractors all wrong, and had taken his first step toward becoming an aviation icon. The drawing we are offering is directly from the Sikorsky Archives and was initialed by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

1823 – Birth of Félix du Temple de la Croix, a French naval officer and an inventor, who developed some of the first flying machines. Better known as Félix du Temple, he is credited with the first successful flight of a powered aircraft of any sort, a powered model plane, and is sometimes credited with the first manned [...]

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WWII Bomber Crew Laid to Rest in Italy

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

The crew of an Royal Air Force bomber shot down days before the end of the Second World War will finally be given a proper military burial today, 68 years after their aircraft crashed. The four young airmen, including an aspiring poet whose work has been published posthumously, will receive full military honours in a [...]

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Patriots Jet Team Headline Oregon Air Show

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Organizers made sure that the 2013 Oregon International Air Show would be known for what appeared in the sky above Hillsboro Airport, more than what didn’t appear. Sequestration, otherwise known as federal budget cuts, forced the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to cancel their scheduled appearance, but the air show quickly added the Patriots Jet Team, a [...]

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Thunderbirds Return to Skies Over Vegas

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Next week, Las Vegans will be the first to catch a glimpse of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aircraft up in the sky for the first time since April 5, when the precision flying team stood down for lack of money. The Thunderbirds expect to take to the air again, starting Monday, for a limited [...]

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Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

During the Berlin Airlift, one U.S. pilot threw candy from his aeroplane for the kids in West Berlin. Since then, children have honored him for his work. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle met the Candy Bomber. In the summer of 1948, the young American pilot, Gail S. Halvorsen, ran across the landing strip at Tempelhof airport in West [...]

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