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Firefighting Airplane to Strut Stuff at Reception

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

One of Leesburg, Fla.’s newest businesses will present a unique demonstration today: a firefighting airplane that scoops up water. Wipaire Inc. — a Minnesota-based aircraft service provider of aircraft and float maintenance, avionics repair and installations, aircraft interior refurbishments and float installations — has branched out with a Southeastern service center at the Leesburg International [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments

1902 – Charles Augustus Lindbergh, American pilot, was born. Also known as “Lucky Lindy” and “The Lone Eagle,” he was famous for the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927 from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, to Paris in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” 1935 – First flight of the Mitsubishi A5M Claude, a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. World’s [...]

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After Pilot’s Tragic Crash, B-52s Got Safer

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments

Cold War pilot Dan Bulli of Omaha has rarely spoken about his survival from a B-52 crash. On a Strategic Air Command training run 50 years ago, the big plane shook so hard from turbulence that he couldn’t read his dials or interpret radar. At an altitude of only 500 feet, he heard a loud bang [...]

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Pearl Harbor Flight Recalls Uncle’s USS Arizona Death

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments

After 11 hours nonstop from New York to Honolulu, I had no plans to hit the beach for surfing. I was hooking up with an outfit called Pacific Warbirds that takes tourists on thrill rides aboard a vintage North American SNJ-5 airplane. I would fly over Pearl Harbor on the single-prop aircraft at the same altitude as the Japanese [...]

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Flying High with the 117th Air Refueling Wing

Feb 02, 2013 No Comments

Fueling the fight from thousands of feet in the air, The Alabama Air National Guard plays a vital role in protecting our nation and going to war.  CBS 42′S Mike McClanahan brings us a bird’s eye view of the 117 Refueling Wing based in Birmingham, Ala. “So…aerial refueling is our primary mission. We also do [...]

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Bomb Group that Fought Nazis Renovates Museum

Feb 02, 2013 No Comments

A World War II military history museum, an effort by the veterans, spouses and friends of the 390th Bomb Group, is getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The 390th Memorial Museum is located on the grounds of Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum and is known as a “museum within a museum.” It houses memorabilia and artifacts [...]

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Iran Unveils Stealth Fighter

Feb 02, 2013 No Comments

Iran today unveiled a new indigenous fighter jet, which is said to be similar to a U.S.-made warplane. The Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313) advanced military aircraft was put on display during a ceremony on Saturday in the presence of the Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Commander of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

1885 – Death of Stanislas Charles Henri Dupuy de Lôme, French naval architect and Navigable balloons designer. 1913 – Birth of Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, OBE, AFC, FRAeS, World War II Royal Air Force officer, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer and test pilot. He test-flew every mark of the Supermarine Spitfire. 1920 – World War I U.S. ace (twelve [...]

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