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Russian Fighter Tops Flying Demos at Paris

Russian Fighter Tops Flying Demos at Paris

The Paris Air Show, which opened yesterday at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, is usually a stage for U.S. pilots to demonstrate their amazing flying machines to a world audience. Thanks to the sequester, that’s not the case this year. Instead, Russian aviators and hardware is taking the spotlight and they have not disappointed. Just witness this […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Georges Pierre Blanc, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – First American pilot to be shot down, Horace Clyde Balsley of the Lafayette Escadrille, is wounded and survives the engagement. 1928 – A Latham 47 – a French twin-engine biplane flying boat piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud – carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others […]

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Mexican Airline to Operate First Russian Regional Jet in West

Mexican Airline to Operate First Russian Regional Jet in West

A ceremony scheduled for this morning in Le Bourget’s static park at the Paris Air Show marks delivery of the first example of a Sukhoi SSJ100 built to operate in the Western world to Mexican airline Interjet. The airplane, marketed by SuperJet International–the Venice, Italy-based Western sales and worldwide support provider for the Sukhoi SSJ100–arrived here in […]
Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class consists of four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson […]

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Colombians Take Part in Maple Flag Exercise

Colombians Take Part in Maple Flag Exercise

Editor’s note: This story was written by Col. Maria Cecilia Silva Velasquez of the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (Colombian Air Force) and provides a fascinating look at how one South American county participated in a military training exercise thousands of miles away. For the first time ever, the Colombian Air Force is participating in one of the greatest […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Inaugural flight of the first Italian airship “Italia.” 1912 – Death of Julia Clark, third woman to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America (though British) and first female pilot to die in an air crash in the U.S. 1922 – To mark the centennial of Brazil’s independence, Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura […]

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Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

A North American P-51C Mustang made several low passes over the York (Pa.) Airport airfield, its engine making a sound that sent shivers down the necks of enthusiasts. “It’s just thrilling to see them and hear them,” said Sharon Baum of Jefferson, who attended York Aviation Days in Jackson Township on Sunday with her husband, […]
Reno Air Races Tweaks Unlimited Class

Reno Air Races Tweaks Unlimited Class

The Unlimited class of Reno National Championship Air Races will be replaced by the “Unlimited Warbird” class, the Reno Air Racing Association said in a news release Saturday. The announcement came on the final day of the Reno Air Races’ pylon school, and about three months before the races themselves return to Reno Stead Airport in […]

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Russian Aviation Set to Impress at Paris

Russian Aviation Set to Impress at Paris

Russian aviation is presenting one of its most vivid and memorable displays at this year’s Paris Air Show, which begins today. Three military aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter, the Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft and the Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter are participating in the flight displays above Le Bourget airfield. Aircraft and equipment represented […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Piotr Konstantinovich “Daddy” Kozachenko, a Soviet fighter ace during the Sino Japanese War, Finnish-Soviet Winter War and World War II. 1923 – New Zealand forms its first military aviation services, the forerunners of what would be the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 1944 – Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. J.G. Musgrave, flying a de Havilland Mosquito of […]
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