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VIDEO: X-47B Makes Carrier Landing

VIDEO: X-47B Makes Carrier Landing

The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. “It isn’t very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard U.S.S. George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed […]
Hexacopter Films SpaceX Grasshopper

Hexacopter Films SpaceX Grasshopper

In this video, a hexacopter captures video footage of the SpaceX Grasshopper as it reaches 325 meters (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. Part of a program that intends to test how rockets could return to Earth intact for a vertical landing on the launch pad instead of burning […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Frank Granger Quigley, decorated Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1919 – British rigid airship R-34 takes off from Long Island, N.Y., for a trip back to Pulham, Norfolk, for the first Atlantic double-crossing (return flight). 1938 – Howard Hughes, along with Harry Connor, Tom Thurlow, Richard Stoddart and Ed Lund, begin a record-breaking round-the-world flight […]
Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

The U.S. Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the Boeing […]

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Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Beginning today and continuing for about a month, a Cessna 182 operating under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over a 1,400-square-mile area over parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee to measure the earth’s magnetic field. Blytheville, Ark., Kennett, Mo., Piggott, Ark., and Qulin, Mo., along with other parts of […]
Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

It is hoped former crowd favorite the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A flying boat will make a return to next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, International Airshow after a wing refurbishment of the 70-year-old aircraft. One of only two in the southern hemisphere still flying, the Catalina was recently moved into a hangar at New Plymouth, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Thomas Gantz Cassady, American World War I flying ace, World War II Office of Strategic Services intelligence officer and businessman. 1924 – The first recorded flight of a live bull takes place when champion breeder Nico V is flown from Rotterdam, Holland, to Paris, France. The bull is carried by KLM in a Fokker […]
Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

A pair of famous warbirds will be featured at the Arlington (Wash.) Fly-In, a three-day event that starts Thursday at the city’s airport north of Seattle. The Historic Flight Foundation’s North American P-51 Mustang “Impatient Virgin” will be on display from July 11-13, and a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, courtesy of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum, […]

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Stalled Hypersonic Efforts Change Heading

Stalled Hypersonic Efforts Change Heading

For the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, blazing a trail in hypersonics has proved problematic. Now a decade-long program to demonstrate technology for prompt global strike is being wound down, with some hard lessons learned but no flight-test successes. In its place, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) plans to switch its focus to […]
Honolulu Council to Decide Airfield’s Fate

Honolulu Council to Decide Airfield’s Fate

A controversial bill that would deface a former U.S. Marine Corps air station near Pearl Harbor is due to be considered by the Honolulu city council on Wednesday. The bill includes a pair of roadways that would intersect in the middle of what was once MCAS Ewa, one of the first U.S. military installations hit […]
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