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10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

May 27, 2015 No Comments

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 26, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational [...]

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Sikorsky S-97 Makes First Flight

May 26, 2015 No Comments

Sikorsky flew its S-97 Raider rigid coaxial-rotor, high-speed helicopter for the first time May 22, completing a hover and low-speed flight at the company’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The aircraft is the first of two prototypes of the Raider light tactical helicopter being built under a $200 million industry effort funded by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 22, 2015 No Comments

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North [...]

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Kiwi Huey Fleet Conducting Farewell Tour

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey has conducted a final tour of the country ahead of its planned retirement in July after 49 years in service. Serving with No. 3 Squadron, the once 14-strong fleet of Hueys has been reduced to six as it nears retirement on July 1, and several [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 21, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Paul Strähle, German World War I fighter ace who ran Luftverkehr Strähle,a pioneering air mail service, and later served during World War II. 1917 – A Royal Naval Air Service Curtiss H-12 Large America flying boat bombs and sinks the German submarine U-36 in the North Sea; U-36 becomes the only German submarine sunk [...]

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Marine F-35Bs Gather on USS Wasp

May 21, 2015 No Comments

Six U.S. F-35B fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin landed on the USS Wasp amphibious warship on Monday for two weeks of operational testing required before the U. S. Marine Corps can declare a first squadron of 10 F-35s ready for combat use in July, according to a U.S. defense official. The testing, taking place [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 19, 2015 No Comments

1908 – The first U.S. military office to pilot a modern aircraft is Thomas Etholen Selfridge; he takes to the air alone in AEA’s newest craft, White Wing, traveling 100 feet on his first attempt and 200 feet on his second. 1918 – Death of Raoul Lufbery, a French-American fighter pilot and flying ace in World War I; he perishes in combat with a German Rumpler reconnaissance [...]

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