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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and a high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1916 – Death of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. 1917 – First […]
American Airlines, US Airways Boards Agree to Merge

American Airlines, US Airways Boards Agree to Merge

American Airlines and US Airways officially announced an $11 billion merger on Thursday morning. The new company, which will be based in Fort Worth, will have more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, the carriers said. “Today we are proud to launch the new American Airlines — a premier global carrier […]

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Collings Foundation to Start Warbird Tour in Florida

Collings Foundation to Start Warbird Tour in Florida

The Collings Foundation’s 24th annual Wings of Freedom national tour will begin at this month’s Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., Jan. 17-20. The tour, which is set to visit more than 100 cities in less than a year, will include B-17 Flying Fortress veteran pilot Marvin Goldberg on the crew of its our inbound flight […]
Survivor: U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II Plus

Survivor: U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II Plus

If a picture truly is worth a 1,00o words, then this image could be worth the lives of countless U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. That’s because the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus pictured by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo was one of just two such aircraft that survived a Sept. 14 attack by Taliban insurgents on Camp […]

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Shortly after completion by the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation during February of this year, the V-173 sits on the ramp at the Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. The VAHF has been provided use of part of a hangar at Vought for their restoration efforts.

The “Pancake” Lives On

By Robert F. Dorr, Photo by Jay Miller During WW II, every manufacturer was aggressively seeking ways of squeezing more performance out of aircraft. Unfortunately, virtually all of those sometimes unorthodox experimental aircraft have disappeared. This is what makes the displaying of the most unorthodox of them all, the Vought V-173 “Flying Flap Jack,” at […]
As a boy, Sikorsky was told that man would never fly. He is shown shaking hands with the first man to walk on the moon a brief 66 years after the Wright Brothers flew. (Photo courtesy of Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives)

Impossible Barriers Are Made To Be Broken

By  Sergei I. Sikorsky Few technologies have had such a rapid development and such a powerful impact on mankind as the invention of the airplane. Also, few new technologies were greeted with such enthusiasm by the general public and by such skepticism by the scientific community. It is enough to recall the comments of a […]

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A-10 Goes to War on 40th Anniversary

A-10 Goes to War on 40th Anniversary

The U.S. Air Force “isn’t even remotely considering” replacing the A-10 Thunderbolt II, alias the Warthog, with a newer-generation, single-mission ground attack aircraft. “It isn’t going to happen,” said outgoing Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on the 40th anniversary of the A-10’s first flight on May 10. Gen. Mark Welsh, named to […]
Second Top Secret USAF Space Mission Completed

Second Top Secret USAF Space Mission Completed

  The unmanned Boeing X-37B reusable spacecraft is described as an Orbital Test Vehicle or OTV. It is remotely piloted from the ground. Boeing has built and flown two X-37Bs—OTV-1 and OTV-2. OTV-1 was flown first on April 22, 2010 until December 3, 2010 during mission USA-212—224 days. The first flight demonstrated that the X-37B […]

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Eighteen-rotor personal helicopter coming to a driveway near you

Eighteen-rotor personal helicopter coming to a driveway near you

Remember that crazy 18-rotor personal helicopter proof of concept from e-volo that we wrote about last November? Looks like the company is ready to take the next step towards making a consumer version of this thing, and ultimately, it may not even be that crazy at all. Yes, we know that this thing looks bizarre. Very, very […]
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