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Oldest Battle of Britain Pilot Dies at 99

Oldest Battle of Britain Pilot Dies at 99

William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died Sunday at home in London. Walker, a Spitfire fighter pilot, was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle on August 26, 1940, […]
2 Killed in Crash of Home-Built Plane

2 Killed in Crash of Home-Built Plane

Two people died Tuesday when a small plane crashed and burned north of the Byron, Calif., Airport, Contra Costa County authorities said. The experimental Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III, a single-engine, home-built airplane, crashed in a field 4 miles northeast of the airport at about 2 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities initially believed that […]

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Marines Get Ready For F-35 Ops At Yuma

Marines Get Ready For F-35 Ops At Yuma

The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing to begin operations for the first operational F-35 Lightning II squadron next month at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and officials are optimistic for a mid-month standup despite some challenges ahead. Key to starting up squadron operations will be a small but growing cadre of maintainers, pilots and aircraft, says Col. […]
U.S., ROK Showcase Skills During 2012 Air Power Day

U.S., ROK Showcase Skills During 2012 Air Power Day

Osan Air Base hosted 65,000 visitors to reinforce the enduring partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea during an Air Power Day celebration held Oct. 20 and 21. More than 22 Pacific Air Forces aircraft were on display while the ROK’s premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, took to the skies to demonstrate their […]

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Serbia Looks at Forming New Airline, Seeks 12 Airbus Jets

Serbia Looks at Forming New Airline, Seeks 12 Airbus Jets

Serbia is looking at the idea of carving a new airline out of the loss-making JAT Airways business, with the government to help with the leasing of new aircraft from EADS’s Airbus, Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic told local newspaper Blic. Government guarantees would back the new leases but a rejuvenated airline could then link up […]
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Re-Experienced

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Re-Experienced

The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — located in Titusville, Fla., and neighboring the Kennedy Space Center — continues to revamp, expand and please. Along with the new hangar there is much more to enjoy. The Grumman F4F Wildcat, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now in main entry lobby which is a vast improvement, I think, […]

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India Suspends Kingfisher Airlines’ License Amid Strike

India Suspends Kingfisher Airlines’ License Amid Strike

India suspended Kingfisher Airlines’s operating license after the cash-strapped carrier failed to resume flights because of a strike by engineers and pilots demanding seven months of unpaid salaries. The suspension will remain in effect until the airline submits a “concrete and reliable” revival plan to the Director General of Civil Aviation, the industry regulator, the […]
Memorial Dedicated to USAF Pilots Killed in ’52 Air Show

Memorial Dedicated to USAF Pilots Killed in ’52 Air Show

R. Mark Danell was 5 years old when his father’s airplane and that of another pilot collided over Westfield, Mass., farmland during a military air show in 1952. On Saturday he and the other airman’s son unveiled a memorial to their fathers on the crash site. A monument crafted of granite in the shape of an airplane wing […]

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Sole A-2 Flies Home 64 Years Later

Sole A-2 Flies Home 64 Years Later

As the tiny plane with the odd-shaped tail taxied toward her, Robin Ragland Smith surprised herself by crying softly. If only her father could see this, she thought. How long he had worked to get this airplane – the one he had built in 1948 with six other men, the only one of its kind in […]
Russian Aerobatics Team Boss Fired

Russian Aerobatics Team Boss Fired

The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team, Lt. Col. Valery Morozov, has been fired from the air force for taking bribes, a source at the Kubinka Air Show Center said on Thursday. “Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov signed an order discharging Morozov on October 12” for “failure to comply with his contract,” the […]
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