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On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – An American Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park, Md., becomes the first aeroplane to be armed with a machine gun. 1917 – British ace Capt. Albert Ball (44 victories) of the Royal Flying Corps is killed in a crash following a dogfight with Lothar von Richthofen (younger brother […]
British Military Looks to Increase Drone Usage

British Military Looks to Increase Drone Usage

The British military now has 500 drones and has been looking for ways to increase the amount of UK airspace in which to fly some of them, according to The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper. The expansion of the fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is in line with the Ministry of Defence’s ambition for a third of […]

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Forest Service Announces Next-Gen Air Tanker Contracts

Forest Service Announces Next-Gen Air Tanker Contracts

Neptune Aviation’s three new British Aerospace 146 fire-bomber jets were left sitting on the runway when the U.S. Forest Service announced contracts for seven “next-generation” firefighting aircraft on Monday. The contractor, based in Missoula, Mont., recently won contracts for six of its Lockheed P2-V Neptune propeller-powered bombers and one BAe 146 on short-term agreements with the […]
Jet Completes Last Trip on Long, Winding Road

Jet Completes Last Trip on Long, Winding Road

A retired fighter bomber made its final journey by travelling more than 900 kilometers, by road, to arrive at Fighter World at Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia, on Saturday. The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, a twin-engined jet built for U.S. and Australian military forces beginning in the late 1960s, was transported from the Royal Australian Air […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1917 – Birth of Rex Theodor Barber, American World War II fighter pilot, best known as a member of the top secret mission to intercept the aircraft carrying Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. 1919 – The first commercial flight, from Canada to the U.S., occurs as a Canadian Curtiss aircraft flies 150 pounds of raw furs from Toronto […]
Unmanned Cargo Helicopters Prove Worth with Marines

Unmanned Cargo Helicopters Prove Worth with Marines

In January, a small group of U.S. Marines at a remote base near the Afghan village of Shurakay in northern Helmand province was running low on ammunition after fighting fiercely for days. The road in was too dangerous for a resupply convoy, and there were so many Taliban fighters that a helicopter crew trying to […]

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Aircraft Crashes in Fireball at Spanish Air Show

Aircraft Crashes in Fireball at Spanish Air Show

A historic jet plane crashed into a hangar and exploded in a fireball at an airshow southwest of Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, severely injuring its pilot who later died in the hospital, officials said. A spokesman for Spain’s Defense Ministry said the pilot, Ladislao Tejedor Romero, 35, an experienced jet pilot and assistant to Defense […]
India to Mark 60 Years of Naval Aviation

India to Mark 60 Years of Naval Aviation

The Indian Navy is celebrating the diamond jubilee of its aviation wing May 11 with the commissioning of its first shipboard Mikoyan MiG-29K combat jet squadron in Goa. The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier INS Vikramaditya, currrently undergoing sea trials in Russia and which is expected to be inducted later this year. Vice […]

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USAF Tanker Crashes in Kyrgyzstan, Crew Missing

USAF Tanker Crashes in Kyrgyzstan, Crew Missing

A U.S. military Boeing KC-135 refueling aircraft crashed in a mountainous area in Kyrgyzstan for unspecified reasons on Friday, the United States Air Force said. “A U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft crashed today in northern Kyrgyzstan,” according to the USAF’s 376th Air Expeditionary Wing based in the country. The KC-135 is based on the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Samuel Parry, Welsh World War I flying ace,  who was killed in a flying accident in a Bristol F.2b. 1923 – U. S. Air Service Lts. Oakley G. Kelly and John A. Macready complete the first non-stop flight across the U.S. in less than 27 hours from Long Island to Arizona in a Fokker […]
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