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Thunderbirds, Blues Post ’15 Schedules

Thunderbirds, Blues Post ’15 Schedules

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have finalized their 2015 show schedules as the International Council of Air Shows met this week in Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds will open their 62nd season Feb. 22 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The team will perform at 39 locations and end the season Nov. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Death of Gaston Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer along with his brother René; he is killed in the crash of the Caudron R-4 he was testing at Lyon-Bron. 1941 – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces, operating from the Philippines, attack Japanese shipping; this is the first […]

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WWII Combo Pack 600x120

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Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Flying Piper Cubs and Stinson biplanes, aircraft sometimes borrowed for the mission, the Civil Air Patrol guarded the American coast and helped turn back the U-boat onslaught that might otherwise have turned the tide of World War II. Men and women answered the call to serve as the nation went to war, joining the volunteer […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft. 1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet. 1970 – Death of Artem […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works

USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Last week, Defense News-Intercepts talked with the U.S. Air Force general who is leading the testing and preparation for the CAS mission. Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the military aviation community […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash. 1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Alexandre Léonel Pierre “Lionel” de Marmier, French World War I flying ace and Nieuport test pilot; he also became a pioneering airliner and airmail pilot, as well as a test pilot for Air France, and flew in the Spanish War and World War II. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first […]
A-10 Retirement May Be Blocked

A-10 Retirement May Be Blocked

U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week. Senior aides from the House and Senate Armed Services committees told reporters Tuesday a compromise 2015 National Defense […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace. 1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair. 1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between […]
Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Israeli Cadets Get New Jet Trainers

Starting in January, Israel Air Force (IAF) cadets will take to the skies in new Lavi advanced trainers, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jets slated to replace A-4 Skyhawks by 2016 in Flying Tiger Squadron 102. Five of 30 aircraft on order arrived here in recent months, along with the first of four ground-based training systems […]
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