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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments

1918 – Death of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1920 – Birth of Cesare Di Bert, Italian World War II fighter pilot. 1931 – Charles William Anderson Scott takes off in his DH.60 Moth from Lympne for an England–Australia solo flight record to Darwin. 1940 – First flight of the Grumman [...]

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Iconic Firepower: The 40mm Borfors

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman How often have we seen the film clips? A U.S. Navy task group steaming beneath the Pacific sun as Japanese aircraft race through a flak-speckled sky intent on immolating themselves against the gray steel vessels. All the while, twin and quad-mount cannon churn out a wall of 40mm shells to deflect or [...]

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Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

Is it striking out? By Robert F. Dorr When the 100th F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was delivered on December 13, it was a “big deal for the Air Force,” said chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh is the most visible face and the strongest voice supporting the F-35. A respected fighter pilot, [...]

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Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

The “Gooney Bird” wasn’t alone By Steve Pace The Classic C-46 Commando was originally marketed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a pressurized 20-passenger “sub-stratosphere transport” for the masses but earned its stripes doing heavy lifting in WW II. Curtiss-Wright Corporation designed and built its proposed CW-20T twin-engine passenger airliner as an advanced higher-flying, larger-capacity alternative [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

1912 – The world’s first hydroplane competitions are held in Monaco; Belgian Jules Fisher is the overall winner. He is one of only two non-French pilots of the eight starters and flies a Henry Farman machine. 1931 – TWA Flight 599, a Fokker F.10 Trimotor, crashes near Bazaar, Kan., killing all eight aboard, including University of Notre Dame [...]

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Unidentified Jet Seen Over Southwest U.S.

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

The identity of what appears to be a blended wing-body aircraft type photographed over Amarillo, Texas, on March 10 remains uncertain, with the U.S. Air Force declining any comment on the aircraft. Three aircraft were observed flying in formation southwest of Amarillo around 4:20 p.m. CDT, by photographers on the fence line of the city’s [...]

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RAF Retires Pair of Tornado Squadrons

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

A phased reduction of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft has taken its latest step, with two frontline units having been stood down on Friday. The service’s 12 and 617 squadrons ceased operations with a disbandment ceremony conducted at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, which from mid-2014 will instead become home to its Eurofighter Typhoon-equipped 1 [...]

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Delta Makes First-Ever Jet Donation

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

A ceremony on Friday thanked Delta Air Lines for donating a jet to Montana’s Helena Regional Airport that will be used to train emergency responders nationwide and from foreign countries. The Bombardier CRJ aircraft, a 50-passenger regional jet that’s typically used to link Montana cities and ferry passengers to airline hubs in the West, is [...]

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