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Tyndall AFB Air Show Cancelled

Dec 10, 2012 No Comments

The 2013 air show at a Florida Panhandle military base has been canceled because of budget cuts. U.S. Air Force Lt. Melanie Holiday told The News Herald that officials at Tyndall Air Force Base had been planning for their March show when senior military officials told them to stop. About 75,000 people attended the Gulf Coast [...]

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USAF X-37B Mini-Shuttle Shrouded in Secrecy

Dec 10, 2012 No Comments

The military’s mysterious mini-shuttle is set to launch this week on a classified mission that has captured the imaginations of everyone from amateur satellite trackers to anti-nuclear protestors and potential military adversaries Russia and China. Built by Boeing’s secretive Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Air Force X-37B spacecraft is rumored to be everything [...]

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Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

A kit-plane manufacturer is eyeing a vacant manufacturing plant to expand its operations in Bend, Ore. The City Council voted last week to transfer a lease of airport land from Cessna Aircraft to Epic Aircraft, and officials say the two companies are negotiating on a sale of the building. Epic wanted Cessna’s vacant building to expand production beyond kit planes [...]

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Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said “everything points toward” it being the U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside [...]

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Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Dec 09, 2012 1 Comment

Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, died Friday, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today’s Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas, where he died at [...]

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‘Smoke & Noise’ Highlights Harvard Aerobatic Team

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

Dave, Pete, and Kent are three of the world’s most respected and talented low-altitude civilian pilots. “Smoke & Noise,” a new video produced by Lyte, brings you as close to the Canadian Harvard Aerobatics Team experience as possible without actually getting into their wartime aircraft. Following the team from rehearsal to the air show, we [...]

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Wildcat to Be Raised From Lake Michigan Friday

Dec 06, 2012 2 Comments

A submerged World War II fighter is scheduled to be raised from Lake Michigan Friday at the Waukegan, Ill., harbor. The plane, a Grumman (Eastern Aircraft) FM-2 Wildcat, had been sitting at the bottom of the lake off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years after crashing during a carrier operations training flight. The [...]

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South African C-47 Crashes, 11 Dead

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

A military plane has crashed in South Africa’s mountainous east, killing 11 officers, the air force said on Thursday. “On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers and it was confirmed that there are no survivors,” the South African Air Force said in a statement. The wreckage of the Douglas C-47TP Turbo [...]

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