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F-35C Rolled Out in Eglin Ceremony

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II, an aircraft affectionately dubbed “Charlie” and also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, was rolled out in a special ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base on Tuesday. The fifth-generation jet is the latest in defense machinery and it’s what some call “the future” of naval aviation. “The F-35 is truly [...]

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Brisbane Gets Daily A380 Service

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments

Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts have welcomed the first commercial flight into Brisbane by the world’s largest airliner. The daily Airbus A380 Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland return service by Emirates touched down for the first time this morning. It is estimated the service will be worth about $23 million (Australian) to the local tourism industry. Emirates says the airliner offers an [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

1881 – Birth of William Edward Boeing (born Wilhelm Edward Böing), American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Co. 1910 – Hendon Aerodrome, the present day site of the Royal Air Force Museum, in Middlesex (North London), is opened by Louis Blériot. 1947 – First flight of the North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the [...]

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Aviation Museums Victim of Fed Shutdown

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., are temporarily closed, effective today, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. Also closed [...]

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American Airlines: Come Fly for Us

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines plans to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years as it expands international flying and takes delivery of new planes, the carrier said on Monday. The AMR Corp unit, which has been operating under Chapter 11 protection since late 2011 and is looking to emerge from bankruptcy by merging with US Airways Group Inc, said it will post open [...]

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FedEx Shows Off New Jet

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

FedEx showed off its new Boeing 767 this past Saturday at the Memphis Air Show, held at the Millington Regional Jetport just north of Memphis, Tenn. The 767, the only one in FedEx’s fleet so far, made several low passes over the airport in front of a large crowd of spectators and Aviation Week’s cameras. [...]

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First A400M Finally Delivered to France

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

The handover of the first Airbus A400M turboprop transport took place during a ceremony Monday at the aircraft’s final assembly line in Seville, Spain, an event that formalized the aircraft’s previous delivery to the French Air Force two months ago. The first four-engined A400M, which was rolled out in 2008 and took its maiden flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Victor Maslin Yeates, British World War I flying ace and author; he was best known for his semi-autobiographical book “Winged Victory.” 1911 – Cromwell Dixon, flying a Curtiss Model D “Pusher,” becomes the first aviator to cross the Continental Divide, from Helena, Mont., to Blossburg, some 15 miles to the west, [...]

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