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California Museum Adds Rare Trainer to Collection

Feb 23, 2013 No Comments

The newest plane at the Chico (Calif.) Air Museum is very different than the others. This new plane makes museum members wildly excited because of its firsts. It is the first operational plane acquired by the museum, which had it flown from New Mexico to Chico. Because it can fly, it will enable museum members to [...]

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Fledgling F-35 Fleet Grounded After Crack Found

Feb 23, 2013 No Comments

The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an F-35A, the Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Royal Air Force Group Capt. Sir Douglas Robert Steuart “Dogsbody” Bader, World War II legless fighter ace (shown above). 1930 – Death of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1945 – First flight of the Hawker Sea Fury, a British fighter aircraft developed for the Royal Navy by Hawker. The last propeller-driven [...]

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A-10 Makes Emergency Landing in Utah

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments

An Air Force fighter jet is grounded at a tiny Utah airport after making an emergency landing on one engine. Officials say the A-10 Thunderbolt II was being flown from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday when one of the two engines failed and couldn’t be restarted in mid-flight. The pilot landed at [...]

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Silver Dart Plans Taking Flight for Canadian Museum

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments

Parks Canada took a significant step this week toward having the AEA Silver Dart replica permanently displayed at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in time for the museum’s Victoria Day opening on May 20. Conceptual designs will see the airplane hang in the water hall giving visitors a view [...]

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Photos: 787s in Storage at Paine Field

Feb 20, 2013 No Comments

If the proposed near-term battery fix that Boeing will present to the FAA in Washington, D.C., as early as Thursday is accepted, the scenes Paine Field in Everett, Wash., home of the builder’s wide-body plant, may not be seen for much longer. Check out the photos taken by Joe Walker at Paine Field last weekend on Aviation [...]

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Onboard NASA’s Flying Observatory

Feb 20, 2013 No Comments

When you’re staring up at the stars, you’re only seeing a glimpse of the picture. That’s because a layer of water vapor lies between earth’s surface and outer space. NASA has a solution a decade in the making: the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The Tech Report recently joined a handful of teachers and NASA [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and a high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1916 – Death of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. 1917 – First [...]

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