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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer, World War I flying ace, inventor and influential advocate of strategic air power. 1912 – First machine gun fired from an airplane; U.S. Army Capt. Charles Chandler fired a prototype Lewis Gun from the foot-bar of a Wright Model B Flyer. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also called [...]

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New Aircraft to Bring Economic Boost to Mildenhall

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s 352nd Special Operations Group (SOG) at RAF Mildenhall in eastern England will begin its expansion this summer. Beginning this month, the first two of 10 Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and the first of 12 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II fixed-wing aircraft will arrive at the base. The new aircraft will come with [...]

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NASA Flights to Target How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern U.S. this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the year from Houston’s Ellington Field, which is operated [...]

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Wisconsin Town to Host Its First Air Show

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

Racing through the air in his Russian Yakolev Yak-55M single-seat airplane, pilot Bill Cowden enjoys the precision and speed of aerobatic flying. Cowden, 46, of Menomonie, Wis., will perform as part of the first Menomonie Airfest & Autorama at Menomonie Municipal Airport in Wisconsin on June 21 and 22. The rain date is June 23. “It’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 06, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he would become the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force. 1910 – Robert Martinet wins the first cross-country air race, between Angers and Saumur, France in a Farman; he takes 31 mins., [...]

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Iowa Guard Pilots Begin Taking Last Flights on F-16s

Jun 06, 2013 No Comments

As the Iowa Air National Guard bids farewell to its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in Des Moines, it’s also the end of an era for Lt. Col. Travis Acheson and his father, Keith Acheson. The Achesons have both served as fighter pilots with the 132nd Fighter Wing. Dad retired in the early 1990s, [...]

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From Concept to Combat: Test Pilots Share Evolution of Flying Wing

Jun 06, 2013 No Comments

Sixty-five years ago yesterday, the flight test community suffered a tremendous loss June 5, 1948, when the Northrop YB-49 broke apart mid-air in the skies over the Mojave Desert. The jet-powered flying wing, crashed just five miles north of the base. All five crew members lost their lives that day, including Californian, Capt. Glen Edwards [...]

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Red Bull Helicopter Pilot Calls Flying ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

Jun 06, 2013 No Comments

“Malibu” Chuck Aaron has the unique honor of being the only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. — and one of only three in the entire world. A former television stunt pilot, the San Antonio, Texas, native has worked with everyone from the U.S. Department of Defense to [...]

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