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F-35s Take On F-16s in Air Combat Training

Apr 25, 2014 No Comments

The first operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II won’t arrive at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base until late next year, but on Thursday, pilots from the base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings got a head start on training. A group of F-16 pilots and maintainers from the two fighter wings left for Eglin Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. 1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III in attendance. During one flight, Federico Valle accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. [...]

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Dutch F-16s Intercept Russian Bombers

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

Dutch fighter jets scrambled Wednesday to intercept a pair of Russian military aircraft that entered their airspace, a fairly routine action that comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, a Dutch official said. Maj. Wilko Ter Horst said that the military learned around 3:50 p.m. (9:50 a.m. ET) that two Russian Tupolev TU-95 bombers, [...]

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Pilots React to Flying the F-35B

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

Ever since the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter first flew in the hands of BAE Systems’ test pilot Graham Tomlinson in June 2008 we have heard plenty about the easy and precise nature of the jet’s controllability. Commenting about STOVL operations in particular, pilots tend to focus [...]

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Dutch Air Force Scraps DC-10

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

By Flightglobal A Royal Netherlands Air Force-owned McDonnell Douglas DC-10 transport freighter has been flown to the UK for scrapping, less than three years after entering use with the service. Aircraft T-255 departed Eindhoven air base for the last time on April 11, and was flown to Newquay airport in the UK for dismantling. Originally operated by United Airlines, the DC-10-30 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Frederick Joseph Cunninghame, British World War I flying ace. 1911 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa sets a Japanese record with a Blériot, flying 48 miles in less than 70 minutes. 1918 – Lt. Paul Baer of the U.S. Army Air Service shoots down his fifth aircraft, becoming the first ace of the American [...]

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Egypt Set to Receive AH-64 Apaches

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. said on Tuesday it will deliver 10 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a partial suspension of aid imposed after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last year and cracked down violently on protesters. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart of the decision, which will help Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations in [...]

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Pilot-Optional Black Hawk Makes First Flight

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

Sikorsky conducted the first flight demonstration of an “optionally piloted” UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter last month, at its development flight test center near West Palm Beach, Fla. During the March 11 flight, the aircraft hovered and conducted flight operations under the control of an operator using a “man-portable” ground control station, the company announced on Tuesday. The flight [...]

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