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NASA to Monitor Hurricane Season with Global Hawks

Jun 01, 2013 No Comments

During this year’s hurricane season NASA will “double-team” on research with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft winging their way over storms that develop during the peak of the season. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3 airborne mission, will revisit the Atlantic Ocean to investigate storms using additional instruments and for the first time [...]

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Indian Air Force Inducts PC-7 Trainers

May 31, 2013 No Comments

The Indian Air Force training academy at Dundigal witnessed the induction of the Pilatus PC-7 MkII, a basic trainer aircraft, on Friday. Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh unveiled the turboprop-engined plane at a ceremony. Led by Group Capt. R.S. Nandedkar, three PC-7 MkII aircraft put up an air display for dignitaries, which included [...]

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RAF Museum Set to Raise German Bomber from English Channel

May 31, 2013 No Comments

A British museum is about to haul 8 tons of history out of the English Channel — the only remaining German Dornier bomber from the World War II Blitz on London. The plane, one of a formation of twin-engined Dornier Do 17s that Hitler sent to the southeast coast of England in his efforts to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 31, 2013 No Comments

1882 – Birth of John Robertson Duigan, an Australian pioneer aviator who built and flew the first Australian-made aircraft. 1918 - Douglas Campbell becomes the first American aviator flying in an American unit,  the Pursuit 94th Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Service, to achieve the status of ace, scoring his fifth victory over a German Rumpler C reconnaissance biplane with [...]

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B-17 Star of Bomber Fantasy Camp

May 31, 2013 No Comments

A World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress roared into Stockton’s airport this week for B-17 Bomber Fantasy Camp, a historical re-creation of a bombing run over Nazi Germany, held in California. Thirteen warbird buffs came from all over the country for the two-day camp. They donned flight suits, got barked at by gruff instructors, fired [...]

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CAP Wings Complete Post-Tornado Missions

May 31, 2013 No Comments

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) wings from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas ended their mission May 30 to provide aerial and ground assistance to Moore, Okla., which continues to recover from an EF5 tornado that hit the town on May 20. CAP units worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fly over the tornado’s [...]

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AMX Strike Aircraft Fleet Reaches 200,000 Hours

May 31, 2013 No Comments

The AMX strike aircraft, a single-engined jet used for a variety of missions by Italy and Brazil, amassed 200,000 hours this week, almost 30 years after the prototype’s first flight. The AMX, nicknamed Ghibli in the Italian Air Force, is a light-attack and reconnaissance plane produced in Italy and Brazil according to specifications issued by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Birth of Antonio Larsimont Pergameni, Spanish Civil War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1912 – Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45. His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first true powered flight in history. 1942 – Launch of the Royal [...]

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