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Legendary WWII Pilot Defeated German, Japanese Foes

Legendary WWII Pilot Defeated German, Japanese Foes

Dean “Diz” Laird is a legend, the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese planes during World War II. Despite close calls — once, his shot-up plane skidded across an aircraft carrier’s flight deck — Diz possessed a fighter pilot’s essential attribute: Supreme self-confidence. “It never entered my mind that […]
New Zealand Aviation Museum Rebooted

New Zealand Aviation Museum Rebooted

Classic Flyers NZ and Legacy Trust will celebrate the launch of its Legacy Jet Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand, today and the arrival of the museum’s Royal NZ Air Force Aermacchi MB-339 military trainer with a special launch event. Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says the launch offers a chance to get up close to the […]

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‘60 Minutes’ Spotlights Items Stolen from National Archives

‘60 Minutes’ Spotlights Items Stolen from National Archives

The Wright brothers’ airplane patent, along with photos taken by astronauts on the moon, are among the items that have been stolen from the National Archives. Tonight, “60 Minutes” takes a look at some of the thefts, along with a recovery team formed by the Archives that is working to find the stolen items. A con […]
Helicopter Opens Fire During Chase; 2 Dead

Helicopter Opens Fire During Chase; 2 Dead

A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants Thursday, leaving at least two people dead, sources familiar with the investigation said. DPS spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger confirmed a DPS officer opened fire during the pursuit north of La Joya, but had no information as to whether […]

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Youngest B-52 Achieves 50 Years of Service

Youngest B-52 Achieves 50 Years of Service

Today marks 50 years since Boeing delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. The H-model bomber, 61-040, was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models — […]
Why The World’s Longest Flights Keep Getting Canceled (For Good)

Why The World’s Longest Flights Keep Getting Canceled (For Good)

Singapore Airlines announced a $7.5 billion order for five new Airbus A380s and 20 A350s Wednesday for additional capacity growth and fleet renewal. As a footnote, however, it said this would result in the cessation of nonstop routes from Singapore to Los Angeles and Newark, putting an end to the world’s longest flights. Ultralong flights on the […]

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American Airlines Plans to Hire 2,500 Pilots

American Airlines Plans to Hire 2,500 Pilots

The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights. “The new American will be doing even more international flying, providing greater opportunities for career advancement and increased income for our people,” AMR Corp. CEO Thomas Horton said Wednesday in a […]
Museum of Flight Gets Historic ScanEagle Drone

Museum of Flight Gets Historic ScanEagle Drone

In April 2009, a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft made by Boeing subsidiary Insitu helped in the rescue of sailors taken prisoner by Somali Pirates. Last Friday, Insitu donated the drone to Seattle’s Museum of Flight. “ScanEagle fills a special place in the museum’s collection of reconnaissance aircraft,” museum Chief Curator Dan Hagedorn said in a news release. “The fact that this […]

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Photo: Two Generations of Naval Aviation

Photo: Two Generations of Naval Aviation

The future of fixed-wing naval aviation flies with the U.S. Navy’s oldest aircraft. Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift performs a short takeoff in a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II assigned to the F-35 Integrated Test Facility while Jerry Gallagher and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene wait in a de Havilland NU-1B Otter from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot […]
U.S. Air Force to Fly Last X-51A Vehicle

U.S. Air Force to Fly Last X-51A Vehicle

The U.S. Air Force says it now plans to fly the last in a series of four Boeing-built experimental hypersonic vehicles in late spring or early summer under a troubled testing program that the service weighed canceling following an Aug. 14 failure. During that flight, the third X-51A Waverider vehicle veered off course soon after […]
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