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Mk. XIV Spit  flies again

Mk. XIV Spit flies again

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is again able to display its Spitfire Mk.XIV at airshows and open house events. After being grounded for five years, the Spitfire returned to flight status on August 14, 2010, at Camarillo Airport in Southern California, the group’s home field and the location of their extensive […]
GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

They don’t get much bigger than this! Check out this huge, 13.5-foot-span Airbus at a European airshow. The 92.5-pound RC model uses four Hacker motors producting 6000 watts and has two radio systems with 18 total servos. Build time was 6 years. Watch the entire video and you’ll see an in-flight view of the parachute […]

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Flying the B-47

Flying the B-47

Ten years ago in Flight Journal In the April 2002 issue of Flight Journal, the multi-faceted Walt Boyne, known to the world as a familiar face on many TV aviation documentaries as the former Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and as the author of dozens of nationally recognized books and novels, steps […]
Boise Bee Born AGA

Boise Bee Born AGA

A super-scarce razorback P-51C Mustang now flies over Idaho in markings commemorating Boise ace Duane Beeson and his Boise Bee of World War II. The Mustang has been on the to-do list for John Paul since he acquired it from aircraft collector and dealer Jack Hardwick in 1978. John, along with his wife Sue and […]

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Bomber Crew: A day in their lives

Bomber Crew: A day in their lives

B-17 crewmen remember the German missions By Mark Carlson Ex communi periculo fraternitas ‘From common peril, brotherhood’ board each of the thousands of B-17 Flying Fortresses that left the soil of England bound for targets in Europe were 10 young men. Outwardly, they were no different from any late-teen or early-twenties boy you’d meet anywhere […]
Tales of the Red Tails

Tales of the Red Tails

In September 1939, while Europe was erupting for the second time in two generations, America slowly prepared for war. That month, the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama applied to the Civil Aeronautics Administration to participate in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT). Thereby, black males tentatively became eligible for government flight training—a revolutionary development in American […]

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Super Connie Flies Again

Super Connie Flies Again

Superlatives flow—almost as smoothly as the lines of this unique and airworthy Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation. Thanks to the Super Constellation Flyers Association (SCFA) of Basel, Switzerland, European enthusiasts can now see and fly in this unique piece of 1950s commercial aviation history again. In 2009, this Europe-based Super Constellation was grounded following identification of […]
F-22  Raptor  fleet returns to flight—almost

F-22 Raptor fleet returns to flight—almost

The U.S. Air Force experienced a setback with the F-22 Raptor at one base on October 21 immediately after announcing, with seemingly misplaced fanfare, that America’s superfighter was back in the air again. The 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia idled its F-22s—again—again after a pilot reported oxygen loss in mid-flight. “Part […]

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Another FW 190A is  reborn

Another FW 190A is reborn

A reconstructed Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter flew for the first time over its home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 9, 2011, thanks to an alliance with the German Flugwerk company that also manufactures full-size Fw 190A reproduction aircraft kits. Owners Don and Linda Hansen began the Focke Wulf’s restoration in 2000. Frank Hohmann […]
T-38 Replacement Road Tour

T-38 Replacement Road Tour

In its effort to promote the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) is a perfect replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s T-38C Talon, two Hawks embarked upon a “road tour” of the United States that began with an airshow performance in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 21. The tour was scheduled to end in January at […]
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