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Stratolaunch Aircraft Nearly Half Done

Stratolaunch Aircraft Nearly Half Done

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s dream to build the world’s largest airplane based on the remains of two used Boeing 747s is 40 percent complete. Scaled Composites President Kevin Mickey confirmed the progress in an email Tuesday from that company’s headquarters in Mojave, Calif., where the aircraft is being built. The aircraft is the centerpiece of Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems company, which is […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Gerald “Gerry” Bell (shown), Royal Canadian Air Force pilot during World War II and Canada’s first African-Canadian airman. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale in the German state of Jutland. 1930 – First flight of the Farman F-301, a French tri-engine airliner; it is the production version of […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Rafales Notch First Export Sale

Rafales Notch First Export Sale

Thales has confirmed that Egypt has ordered 24 Dassault Rafale multirole aircraft, following a selection announcement for an undisclosed number of the type on February 12. Dassault had previously announced that the aircraft had been selected by Cairo, but an order was not specifically announced, and nor was the number of required aircraft disclosed. This will mark the first export […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees. 1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. 1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Army Unit Says Farewell to OH-58s

Army Unit Says Farewell to OH-58s

It’s the end of the flightline for a U. S. Army scout helicopter that’s flown out of Hawaii’s Wheeler Army Airfield for at least 15 years. The 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, flew its 25 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last week as the Army continues its divestiture of the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Lewis Hector “Hec” Ray, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanies his cousin, balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1932 – First flight of the Couzinet 70, a French three-engined commercial monoplane. 1944 – A Wellington […]

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Warbird Flyover Planned for D.C.

Warbird Flyover Planned for D.C.

The Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone will come under assault by a mass of unusual visitors this spring as scores of World War II fighters, bombers and transport planes participate in an epic flyover of the nation’s capital in celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. More than 75 warbirds are confirmed for the […]
A-10s Deploy to Europe, Again

A-10s Deploy to Europe, Again

The U.S. military has deployed a dozen Cold War-era Fairchild Republic A-10 attack aircraft to Europe amid the escalating assault from pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, an official said. The aircraft, known officially as the Thunderbolt II and unofficially as the Warthog, on Monday departed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany in support of Operation […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Erik Thomas, German World War I flying ace. 1967 – First flight of the Dornier Do 31 (shown), a West German experimental VTOL jet transport. 1971 – Death of Alfred Clayburn Atkey, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1982 – The final flight of Canadair CP-107 Argus 10742 takes place when the marine reconnaissance aircraft is flown […]
Spec Ops Squadron Gets New Plane

Spec Ops Squadron Gets New Plane

The 5th Special Operations Squadron added yet another airframe to its list of Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft they use to train aircrews. The squadron began C-146A Wolfhound formal training unit flights in December at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. So far, the squadron has trained six pilots and four loadmasters. “The C-146 mission […]
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