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British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

A British Army aviation squadron now based in Suffolk, England, has celebrated 70 years of flying, half of which has been spent on operations. The 656 Squadron, part of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was formed during the Second World War to fly artillery observation missions in Auster AOP observation aircraft and is now at the [...]

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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind [...]

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Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a [...]

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Classic Plane a Unique Ride

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

Jackson Wit took a short trip back in time at the Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday. The 13-year-old took a flight in a Beech 18 that dates from the 1940s that was offering tours at the fifth annual Wings and Wheels put on by the Owen Sound Rotary Club [...]

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Helicopters Critical Part of New Mexico Wildfire Fight

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

Apart from the billowing clouds of smoke that loom on the horizon and the smell of campfires, the clearest evidence that fire season has arrived is the sudden increase in air-traffic over Santa Fe, N.M. Helicopters towing tanks of water and fire-retardant chemicals constantly crisscross the city’s airspace, providing air support to the ground crews [...]

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RAAF F-111 Begins Tour Enroute to Museum

Jun 09, 2013 No Comments

An retired General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark, known by its Royal Australian Air Force number A8-113, will be transported by road from RAAF Base Amberley to the Aviation Historic Society Museum in Darwin. The road convoy, with the aircraft on a low loader with wings and tail transported separately, will also stop at selected towns along [...]

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Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

Jun 08, 2013 No Comments

After a lengthy restoration process, the historic Fairey Gannet airplane known as XT752, housed at Wisconsin’s New Richmond Regional Airport, is ready for its official unveiling. The public is invited to Hangar 11-12 today from 6 to 9 p.m. to see the newly restored British warplane, nicknamed “Janet the Gannet.” Owned by Shannan Hendricks from the [...]

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