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Nigerian C-130 Finally Takes Flight

Nigerian C-130 Finally Takes Flight

On Apr. 16, Nigerian Air Force C-130H-30, registration NAF918, conducted a test flight from Cambridge airport. The air test came slightly less than three years after the aircraft had arrived on Aug. 28, 2011, from Lagos, Nigeria, where it had been dumped, out of use, for a period of 7-10 years. When the U.S. financed the restoration program, […]
Boeing X-37B Nearing 500 Days in Space

Boeing X-37B Nearing 500 Days in Space

The U.S. Air Force’s mysterious robotic Boeing X-37B space plane is sailing toward the 500-day mark in Earth orbit on a secret military mission. The X-37B space plane presently in orbit is carrying out the Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) mission, a classified spaceflight that marks the third long-duration flight for the unmanned Air Force space flight program. […]

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

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Valiant Air Command Debuts A-4C Skyhawk

Valiant Air Command Debuts A-4C Skyhawk

Another historic plane is now on display at Brevard County’s Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Florida after more than seven years of restoration. Windy conditions kept the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk from taking to the skies over Titusville Thursday for a training flight. The Vietnam-era Navy attack jet was hit during the war and the pilot was able […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Jacques Michael Swaab, American World War I flying ace; he later worked in the Hollywood film industry and was the technical advisor on “The Dawn Patrol.” 1928 – Sir (George) Hubert Wilkins and his pilot Carl Ben Eielson complete the first ever crossing of the Arctic by airplane from Point Barrow, […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Helicopters Conduct Autonomous Landings

Helicopters Conduct Autonomous Landings

Autonomy for umanned (and manned) rotorcraft has taken a big step forward with recent demonstrations of the ability of testbed helicopters to autonomously select safe landing zones. The development is key to enabling anyone on the ground to request an unmanned resupply flight or casualty evacuation without having to know anything about how the helicopter […]
C-130 Fire Tanker Moves to Reno

C-130 Fire Tanker Moves to Reno

Airport officials welcomed the inaugural flight of the Coulson C-130, a firefighting airtanker to Reno, Nev. The Coulson Group, an aviation business with operations in California, is relocating to Reno and Friday, airport officials greeted the first arriving flight of the white and red Coulson C-130 to the Atlantic Aviation Hangar on Rock Blvd. The […]

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Royal Navy Wildcat Passes Wargames Tests

Royal Navy Wildcat Passes Wargames Tests

The newest helicopter in the Royal Navy’s arsenal came through its toughest test yet as it spent a fortnight taking part in Europe’s biggest naval war games. The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat – which will provide the aerial eyes and punch of the Royal Navy’s frigates and destroyers for the next quarter of a century – […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Spencer Bertram Horn, British World War I flying ace. 1917 – William E. Boeing’s Pacific Aero Products Co. is renamed the Boeing Airplane Co. 1944 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-10 (shown), a Soviet single-engine ground attack aircraft. 1956 – Death of James Floyd Smith, early American aviator, aircraft designer […]

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RAF Squadron Celebrates 100 Years

RAF Squadron Celebrates 100 Years

RAF Leuchars’ Number 6 Squadron has marked its 100th anniversary with a parade and a special flypast featuring Typhoon and Hurricane aircraft. Celebrating a century of noble history, the squadron, reviewed by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, paraded its Standard in front of serving and former squadron personnel. Formed as […]
F-15s to Launch Small Satellites

F-15s to Launch Small Satellites

And you thought space launches couldn’t get any cooler: The next generation of small satellites may blast into orbit from the belly of a fighter jet. The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave Boeing a $30.6 million contract last month to develop a 24-foot launch vehicle that would attach to the bottom of the company’s F-15E Strike […]
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