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Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Honored

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Feb. 19, 1942: the day war came to Australian soil; the day a nation was forever altered. On that day, 72 years ago, 188 Japanese planes bombed Darwin in two air raids, drawing the top end of Australia into World War II for more than two years in a fight that has remained a “secret [...]

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Red Bull Expands Air Race Series

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Red Bull has added Croatia as an eighth stop on its air-racing calendar this year, which starts next week, Feb. 28, in Abu Dhabi. Races also will be held in Malaysia, Poland, Great Britain, the U.S., and China. The new Croatian race will be held in Rovinj, a picturesque tourist resort on a small peninsula that juts [...]

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Cessna Latitude Makes First Flight

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Cessna Aircraft’s new midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude, made its maiden flight on Tuesday, a milestone in the development program. “The airplane handles wonderfully,” Aaron Tobias, Cessna’s senior flight test pilot, said after the flight. “It’s an easy-flying Cessna.” The pilots were able to successfully complete all tests planned for the first flight. All [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

1832 – Birth of Octave Chanute, French-born American railway engineer and aviation pioneer; he provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1939 – First flight of the Martin PBM Mariner (restored A model shown). 1944 – Operation Jericho is launched: de [...]

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Red Arrows Confirmed for Bournemouth

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

By Blackmore Vale Magazine It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival in South West England, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have confirmed today they will be displaying at on all four days of the much-anticipated summer event. Jon Weaver, Air Festival director said; “We’ve only found out today [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Scottish World War I fighter ace and air racer. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale at Jutland. 1934 – The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro X (shown), a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3 [...]

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AeroShell Team Headlines Air Fiesta

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

Air Fiesta’s lineup of aerobatic performers has never been more packed with A-list talent than it is for this year’s event, according to organizers. At the same time, they say, ticket prices have been reduced for the event, which takes place next weekend, Feb. 22-23, at the Brownsville (Texas) South Padre Island International Airport. Headlining Air [...]

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Photo Essay: MV-22 Flight

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

I had a once in my lifetime opportunity to fly in an MV-22 at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bell Boeing obviously had the Osprey at this show to further interest among foreign governments. One of the end slides in the briefing concluded with ‘Ready for Export!’ Only a few of the cranial [...]

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