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Effort Begun to Save Lightning Fighter

Effort Begun to Save Lightning Fighter

A campaign is underway to save English Electric Lightning XR713, which is currently awaiting disposal at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. The aircraft, a rare F.3 model Lightning, first flew in 1964 and helped defend British skies against the Soviet bomber threat. She’s been an exhibit at RAF Leuchars for some years now, but with the […]
Boeing Production AH-6i Makes First Flight

Boeing Production AH-6i Makes First Flight

Boeing said that it recently flew its AH-6i light attack-reconnaissance helicopter for the first time in production configuration. Flight status moves the program “another step closer to full-scale production,” the manufacturer said on May 1. Company pilots flew the helicopter “for less than 20 minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward flight at low elevations” […]

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

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, German aviation pioneer; he became was part of the first trans-Atlantic flight from east to west. 1942 – Squadron No. 588 of the Soviet Air Force, an all-woman night-bombing unit equipped with Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, is formed in the USSR. 1975 – Death of Francis Stanley Symondson, British World War I […]
Holloman AFB Event to Feature Variety

Holloman AFB Event to Feature Variety

Via The Las Cruces Sun-News Aerial acts and more than 400 aircraft will be on static display at the 2014 Holloman Air Force Base Open House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. Aerial acts at the base, near Alamogordo, N.M., include the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor demonstration team with a Heritage Flight at 11:15 […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

Hidden in the dense sawgrass or buried in the deep muck of the Everglades in Florida are the mysterious wrecks of numerous aircraft. Some were drug planes that fled federal agents, others were private aircraft that ran into trouble or vintage warplanes that crashed during exercises. No one knows for sure how many remain out there. Estimates range […]
USAF Hands Over Baltic Policing Duties

USAF Hands Over Baltic Policing Duties

Three NATO nations assumed control on Thursday of a strengthened Baltic air policing mission from the U.S. Air Force amid the worsening crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Separately, Canada is sending six interceptors to Romania as a sign of allied solidarity with its east European members bordering Ukraine and Russia. Poland, Britain and Denmark are providing a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – First flight of the Avro Baby, a British single-seat light sporting biplane. 1957 – Birth of Duane Gene “Digger” Carey, a U.S. Air Force strike, fighter and test pilot and former NASA astronaut. 1969 – The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerose of Norway, makes her first scheduled flight as a first officer for Scandinavian […]
Russia Begins Baltic Border Helicopter Flights

Russia Begins Baltic Border Helicopter Flights

A newly formed Russian army helicopter brigade has begun training flights in the northwest of the country near the borders with the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, a spokesman for the Western Military District said Wednesday. “Helicopters of the army aviation brigade of the Western Military District, based in the Pskov region, have begun […]

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Flying the RAF Typhoon Fighter

Flying the RAF Typhoon Fighter

The Royal Air Force’s Typhoons, otherwise known as the Eurofighter EF2000, is one of the most capable high performance fighter aircraft in the world. Although it lacks the stealth design features of cutting-edge “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft, it makes up for it in blistering performance and handling, a near seamless man-machine interface, and a defensive countermeasures […]
Vulcan, C-17, Voyager to Appear at Cosford

Vulcan, C-17, Voyager to Appear at Cosford

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and Airbus Voyager planes are currently in operation from RAF Brize Norton and will be coming to RAF Cosford for the first time on June 8. Air show organizers also confirmed that Avro Vulcan XH558 would be returning for the second year in a row. The Vulcan is the only aircraft of its […]
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