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USAF Still Building Afghan Air Force

USAF Still Building Afghan Air Force

The mission: build an independent, self-sustaining air force from the inside out, from the ground up. The commander leading that effort calls it the most complex undertaking NATO and the U.S. Air Force have ever tackled. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Michel leads NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan, the organization charged with training the Afghan […]
A380 Makes Surprise Visit to DFW

A380 Makes Surprise Visit to DFW

By Andrea Ahles, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had an unusual visitor Thursday. For the first time, a double-decker Airbus A380 landed at the airport. Lufthansa Flight 440 from Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted because of thunderstorms in Houston. The aircraft parked on DFW’s tarmac on the west side, just south of Terminal D, after […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – The Wright Brothers begin testing their third glider at Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1918 – Birth of Viktor Vasilevich Talalikhin, Soviet flying ace during the Winter War and World War II; he was the first to perform aerial ramming at night. 1921 – The first regular scheduled airline service in Latin America commences when Colombian airline SCADTA, operating float-equipped Junkers F.13s, begins flying between Barranquilla and Girandot. 1962 – First […]
Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

About 30 seaplanes will land on Indiana’s Lake James this weekend a part of the 11th annual Seaplane Splash at Pokagon State Park north of Fort Wayne. Randy Strebig of the Indiana Seaplane Pilots Association says many of the planes are from the 1940s and 1960s. The (Angola, Ind.) Herald Republican reports the planes will land and […]

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Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

By TODAYOnline.com Singapore’s new Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter aircraft are now operationally ready, marking full operational capability status with a ceremony officiated by Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at Paya Lebar Air Base in central-eastern Singapore yesterday. The F-15SG, operated by 149 Squadron, is one of the most advanced variants of the F-15 strike […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Death of Thomas Etholen Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane, while Orville Wright, who suffers severe injuries but later recovers, was demonstrating the Flyer at Fort Myer, Va. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red […]

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Latest 787 Variant Poised for First Flight

Latest 787 Variant Poised for First Flight

The first flight of the 787-9, the larger and potentially most popular version of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, could come Tuesday morning, weather permitting. Rain is okay, provided visibility is good. Boeing requires at least a 1,500-foot cloud ceiling for the test flight, which will take off from Everett’s Paine Field and land at Boeing Field in […]
B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

It has been nearly 70 years since the last Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress lifted into the air during World War II to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but this Saturday, the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of “Texas Raiders,” a fully restored B-17, will be roaring over Houston’s Hobby Airport. Of […]

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Stearman Started Seeding Service

Stearman Started Seeding Service

When the Mitchell family shows up at their corporate headquarters, a small collection of tin-roofed buildings on Texas 124, they’re continuing a nearly 70-year tradition responsible for seeding the roots of a multimillion-dollar industry. Two former fighter pilots, one military surplus training plane and a pair of rice-farming brothers revolutionized how growers on the Texas […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Frederick Erastus Humphreys, American aviator; he becomes one of the original three military pilots trained by the Wright brothers and the first to fly solo. 1914 – The Canadian Aviation Corps is authorized to be formed; it is the beginning of Canada’s military air force and is composed of two officers and […]
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