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Jet-Launched Satellite Tests Near

Jet-Launched Satellite Tests Near

Small satellites could hitch rides to space on an Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter jet by next year, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military. DARPA’s so-called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program is an ambitious project that aims to launch small satellites more […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – Birth of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr., brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force; he becomes best known for being the pilot of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay,” the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in the history of warfare. 1945 – Last Allied ship sunk by the Luftwaffe in World War II is […]

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Global Hawk Makes Flight Down Under

Global Hawk Makes Flight Down Under

A Northrop Grumman Corporation RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) landed Feb. 21 at the Avalon Airport in Australia for display at the Australian International Air Show. The system’s ability to conduct high-altitude surveillance missions for greater than 30 hours is ideally suited for the vast Asia-Pacific region. “This is the first time that […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Birth of John “Johnny” Milne Checketts, New Zealand World War II fighter ace; he also becomes responsible for introducing the de Havilland Vampire to form the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s first jet squadron. 1939 – First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner series; the 16-22 seat, twin-propeller aircraft […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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The Latest on ‘Columbine II’ Resto Efforts

The Latest on ‘Columbine II’ Resto Efforts

Recently, there was quite the buzz on the internet about the possible return to flight of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential transport, the Lockheed C-121A Constellation known to the world as “Columbine II.” News reports stated that Dynamic Aviation, a global aeronautics solutions company based in Bridgewater, Va., is evaluating “Columbine II” with the hopes that they can return […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, French World War I flying ace. 1941 – First flight of the Grumman XP-50 (shown), American twin-engine fighter prototype; it is the land-based development of the shipboard F5F-1 Skyrocket. 1957 – After 12 years of production, Douglas delivers the last of 3,180 AD Skyraiders to the Navy. 1958 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Gerald “Gerry” Bell (shown), Royal Canadian Air Force pilot during World War II and Canada’s first African-Canadian airman. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale in the German state of Jutland. 1930 – First flight of the Farman F-301, a French tri-engine airliner; it is the production version of […]
Rafales Notch First Export Sale

Rafales Notch First Export Sale

Thales has confirmed that Egypt has ordered 24 Dassault Rafale multirole aircraft, following a selection announcement for an undisclosed number of the type on February 12. Dassault had previously announced that the aircraft had been selected by Cairo, but an order was not specifically announced, and nor was the number of required aircraft disclosed. This will mark the first export […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees. 1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. 1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War […]
Army Unit Says Farewell to OH-58s

Army Unit Says Farewell to OH-58s

It’s the end of the flightline for a U. S. Army scout helicopter that’s flown out of Hawaii’s Wheeler Army Airfield for at least 15 years. The 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, flew its 25 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last week as the Army continues its divestiture of the […]
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