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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alan Jerrard, British World War I flying ace who served in North Russia during the Russian civil war. 1945 – The first purely jet-powered airplane to operate from an aircraft carrier is a de Havilland Sea Vampire piloted by Royal Navy Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown from HMS Ocean (shown). 1972 [...]

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Stallion 51 to Host Aviation Photo Workshop

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

Stallion 51, an aviation services company perhaps best known for its North American P-51 Mustangs, is partnering with 3G Aviation Media to offer an aviation photography workshop January 24-26, 2014, at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Florida. 3G will be instructing photographers on how best to plan their shoot, emphasizing the importance of communication and pre-planning. [...]

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UN Using Drones Over Congo

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

United Nations forces in Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft on Tuesday to monitor the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time U.N. peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The aircraft will be used to look out for threats from a host of local and foreign armed groups in the mineral rich east [...]

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Canadian Airline Reveals Mickey Mouse 737

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft bearing the image of the mythical dragon Smaug from the “Hobbit” trilogy wasn’t the only magic-themed jet making its debut yesterday. Monday in Calgary, Canada, WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) unveiled a custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 featuring Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey, a role the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers bomb the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas. 1968 – Wien Consolidated [...]

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P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan, the start of a deployment that will upgrade America’s ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts. The deployment, planned before China last month established an air defense zone covering islands controlled by Japan and claimed by Beijing, includes [...]

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Lockheed Martin Reveals Drone Features

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Northrop Grumman, which engineers the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and the Air Force’s Global Hawk surveillance plane in San Diego, Calif., recently showed off two smaller drones at the company’s burgeoning Rancho Bernardo offices. The defense giant has 2,000 employees at its San Diego “unmanned systems center of excellence” and recently took occupancy of [...]

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Air New Zealand Reveals Latest Livery

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Hobbit fans can finally see the most-anticipated character in the movie trilogy, the dragon Smaug. While Smaug has previously been glimpsed in part, his full body has never been revealed. Ahead of the premiere of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Desolation of Smaug,” Air New Zealand on Monday unveiled a 54-metre long image [...]

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