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Skunk Works: 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Aircraft

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

Think aerodynamics in the animal world, and your mind may turn to the barn swallow and the peregrine falcon, the shark, and the sailfish, perhaps the greyhound. You probably won’t conjure up the image of the zaftig, waddling skunk. But think aerodynamic designs from hands and minds of humankind, and you can’t help but turn [...]

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Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

A stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday in Ohio. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker on the “Jane Wicker Air Shows” official Facebook page. “It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing [...]

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South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

Jun 22, 2013 No Comments

The head of Nicaragua’s air force is among 10 people killed when their helicopter crashed near Lake Managua. The Nicaraguan army said in a statement Friday that air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was traveling with nine other top air force officials, including the chief of intelligence and counter-intelligence, when their helicopter, a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Lewis Hyde Brereton, aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force. A World War I pilot, he was one of the few senior U.S. commanders in World War II who served in combat theaters continuously from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the German surrender; he also saw action in more [...]

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Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

Bernie Wryn and Mel Guerrera spent a week and drove 3,000 miles to haul a worn-out airplane engine to Missoula, Mont. It’s going to replace an engine in a World War II plane built by Grumman that flew here under its own power. “When we bought the TBM Avenger, they also threw in an extra engine [...]

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Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan Thursday because of a low oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem. United Flight 125 from London’s Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, N.J., due to a low [...]

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FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

A retired FedEx Express aircraft is making a new home in Greenville, S.C. After arriving from the FedEx hub in Indianapolis, Ind., the Boeing 727-200 will be towed to its permanent home at USAeroTech, where students there will learn about the mechanical aspects of large aircraft. “FedEx 727 freighters, once the backbone of FedEx’s domestic [...]

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Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

Southwest Airlines on Thursday unveiled the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One — a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s iconic animals. Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at a ceremony at Orlando International Airport (MCO) yesterday with real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives from both companies. The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made [...]

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