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India Receives Boeing P-8I Maritime Jet

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

The Indian Navy took delivery of its first Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft in Seattle on Wednesday. The 737-based twin jet is designed for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare, according to Boeing’s defense unit. It’s the first of eight planes ordered by India and will carry anti-ship missiles, depth bombs and torpedoes. The I model [...]

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New Book Details Unusual WWII Encounter

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

On Dec. 20, 1943, in the skies above war-torn Europe, two men – American B-17 bomber pilot Charlie Brown and veteran German fighter ace Franz Stigler – met in what became one of World War II’s most unusual encounters. The American’s bomber was severely damaged and his crewmen were wounded. The German’s fighter was poised [...]

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Flying Tigers Memorial Opens Thursday in China

Dec 19, 2012 No Comments

Beginning tomorrow, a semi-permanent memorial to the First American Volunteer Group will be on display at the Kunming Museum in China, according to the Spring City Evening News. The group of fighter pilots, better known as the Flying Tigers, have been credited with bringing down 300 Japanese aircraft, many over Yunnan, from 1941-1942. The memorial was originally slated to [...]

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Sudan Air Force Pilot Killed in Crash

Dec 19, 2012 No Comments

A Sudanese air force pilot died on Wednesday when his fighter plane crashed, the army said, in the country’s latest military aviation accident. “Yes, it is a fighter plane that crashed in El Obeid and the pilot of the plane lost his life as a martyr,” the Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told news [...]

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Maryland Museum Seeking Fairchild C-123

Dec 19, 2012 No Comments

The Hagerstown, Md., Aviation Museum is trying to bring a 55-year-old Fairchild airplane back to the western Maryland city where it was made. President John Seburn says the twin-engined C-123 Provider cargo transport was built sometime between 1954 and 1958. He says the U.S. Treasury Department has accepted the museum’s bid for the plane. Now the group needs to raise $70,000 to [...]

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Ohio Teen First Winner of New Flight Scholarship

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

A 16-year-old Xenia, Ohio, youth is the first winner of the National Aviation Heritage Area’s new flight scholarship. William Daniel (Will) Everett, the son of Dan and Amy Everett of Xenia, received the Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship on Monday, the 109th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. NAHA officials presented the scholarship [...]

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Air Force Museum Galleries Open Again

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

All galleries at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, have re-opened following their temporary closure due to necessary maintenance on the Douglas A-1E Skyraider. An inspection conducted last Friday by museum restoration staff found that the aircraft contained fuel. Although there was no sign of fuel leakage, museum and Wright-Patterson [...]

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Four Named to ’13 Class of Hall of Fame

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

Two former military and two civilian aviators were elected on Monday for enshrinement at National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) next year. The four men will be joining the roster of 215 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962 in a ceremony next October in [...]

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