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Indian Navy Copter Crashes, 2 Missing

Indian Navy Copter Crashes, 2 Missing

An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter with four personnel on board crashed into the sea off the Vishakhapatnam harbour on Tuesday. Two crew members were rescued while the fate of two others is unknown, officials said. The chopper, an Indian-built version of the Aerospatiale Alouette III, was said to be on a training sortie when it […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Aeronautical pioneer Igor Sikorsky sets up the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corp. in the U.S. Sikorsky left Russia in 1917 when revolution threatened his work and his life. 1936 – First flight of the Supermarine Spitfire (shown above). The single-seat fighter would play a major role in World War II, with more than 20,300 being built over the following […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Marines Show Off Controversial Osprey Ahead of Japan Training

Marines Show Off Controversial Osprey Ahead of Japan Training

The U.S. military spent Sunday and Monday showing off its controversial Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, which is set to begin its first air operations on the Japanese mainland this week. Japan’s second highest military officer was given an orientation flight in a Marine Corps Osprey over the weekend, while hundreds of Okinawans were given a rare […]
Rhode Island Teacher Makes History Flying Biodiesel Plane

Rhode Island Teacher Makes History Flying Biodiesel Plane

A Lincoln, R.I., teacher made history Saturday, flying the first ever biodiesel-fueled airplane in U.S. history. Ross McCurdy, a local teacher and pilot pioneered the flight to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the destination of the Wright Brothers historic flight back in 1903. “I think this is the shape of the future,” he said. McCurdy has taken […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Fundraising Taking Flight at N.Y. Aircraft Museum

Fundraising Taking Flight at N.Y. Aircraft Museum

Despite the winter weather, activity at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., is in full swing with a pair of fundraising campaign, including one that seeks to raise $2 million for a new hanger. The museum is also developing a second campaign to help get one of its planes to France for the […]
Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

As the Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team beginning April 1 to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Active-duty, Reserve and Guard units ceased all aviation support […]

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John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

By Barrett Tillman In 1966, novelist Robert Ruark wrote a nonfiction book about hunting in Africa. It was titled Use Enough Gun—good advice for everyone, especially in aerial combat. When the world’s air arms used mixed machine gun and cannon armament for fighters, and mostly rifle-caliber guns on bombers, the United States took another route. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot, was born. Colstermann was a French flying ace, author, engineer and politician. 1937 – First flight of the Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Allied reporting name “Ann”). It is the first Japanese aircraft to be powered by a modern two-row radial engine. 1947 – U. S. Army Air Forces Captain Robert E. Thacker (pilot) and Lieutenant […]

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Reminder: WWII Aircraft Foundation Charity Auction

Reminder: WWII Aircraft Foundation Charity Auction

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is a Cyclone radial […]
Doolittle Raider, Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

Doolittle Raider, Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

Now, he’s flying with the angels. Tom Griffin, one of just five surviving Doolittle Raiders, died Tuesday night in his sleep at the Fort Thomas VA hospital in Kentucky. He navigated one of 16 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific during the early dark days of […]
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