Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:57:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/10/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-582/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/10/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-582/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:51:18 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217840

1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets [...]

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1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot.

1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets the women’s solo endurance record by flying more than 17 hours.

1930 – An Air Union Farman F.63 Goliath crashes during an emergency landing at Marden Airfield in England following the failure of the starboard tailplane; two of six aboard die.

1967 – First horizontal flight of the Dornier Do 31 (E3 prototype shown), West German experimental VTOL jet transport aircraft.

1995 – Two Peruvian Sukhoi Su-22 Ms are shot down by a pair of Ecuadorian Mirage F.1JAs. Almost simultaneously, a Peruvian Cessna A-37B also is shot down by an Ecuadorian Kfir C.2.

2000 – Death of Igor Bensen,  Russian-born American engineer and founder of the Bensen Aircraft, which produced a successful line of gyrogliders (rotor kites) and autogyros.

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Frigate Ecojet to Stun Single-Aisle Market http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/10/frigate-ecojet-to-stun-single-aisle-market/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/10/frigate-ecojet-to-stun-single-aisle-market/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:27:04 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217835

The design and manufacture of large commercial aircraft is one of the world’s most challenging industries. Two aviation giants dominate the field: U.S.-based Boeing and European consortium Airbus. So can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its [...]

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The design and manufacture of large commercial aircraft is one of the world’s most challenging industries.

Two aviation giants dominate the field: U.S.-based Boeing and European consortium Airbus. So can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its own?

The new manufacturer is Moscow-based private company is Rosavia. Its concept is the inelegantly named Frigate Ecojet.

For the complete story by Miquel Ros for CNN, click here.

Image by JSC Russian Avia Consortium Corp.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/09/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-581/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/09/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-581/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:21:50 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217829

1894 – Birth of Alexandre Paul Leon Madeleine Marty, French World War I flying ace. 1914 – Death of Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator, when the right wing of his hydro-aeroplane Wright Model C “Speed Scout” crumples in San Diego Bay just after establishing an American altitude record of 12,120 feet. 1945 – Allied [...]

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1894 – Birth of Alexandre Paul Leon Madeleine Marty, French World War I flying ace.

1914 – Death of Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator, when the right wing of his hydro-aeroplane Wright Model C “Speed Scout” crumples in San Diego Bay just after establishing an American altitude record of 12,120 feet.

1945 – Allied Bristol Beaufighters (surviving aircraft shown), in an incident known as “Black Friday,” suffer heavy casualties during an unsuccessful attack on German destroyer Z33 and escorting vessels n Førde Fjord, Norway. Nine Beaufighters, as well as a North American P-51 Mustang, are lost.

1982 – Japan Airlines Flight 350, a Douglas DC-8-61, crashes on approach to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda); of the 166 passengers and 8 crew, 24 passengers are killed.

1991 – A U. S. Navy A-6E Intruder badly damages an Iraqi Zhuk-class patrol boat with a Rockeye cluster bomb.

2006 – Andrew Keech sets three world records for autogyros: speed over a closed circuit (311 miles) without payload of 104.57 mph; speed over a closed circuit of 621 miles without payload of 102.57 mph, and distance over a closed circuit without landing of 633.23 miles.

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Italian F-35 Makes First Atlantic Crossing http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/09/italian-f-35-makes-first-atlantic-crossing/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/09/italian-f-35-makes-first-atlantic-crossing/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:02:17 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217825

The Italian Air Force has successfully conducted the first trans-Atlantic crossing of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of aircraft AL-1 into the U.S. last week. AL-1, the first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to be assembled at Italy’s final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri [...]

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The Italian Air Force has successfully conducted the first trans-Atlantic crossing of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of aircraft AL-1 into the U.S. last week.

AL-1, the first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to be assembled at Italy’s final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base near Milan, arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland via the Azores.

During the approximately seven-hour flight, the aircraft, shown here, was accompanied by two AMI Boeing KC-767 tankers, two Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for logistical and search-and-rescue support, and a pair of AMI Eurofighter Typhoons which were flying on to a separate Red Flag exercise.

For the complete story by Gareth Jennings of IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, click here.

Photo by Lockheed Martin

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/08/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-580/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/08/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-580/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:49:43 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217820

1896 – Birth of Bruce Digby-Worsley, British World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Russian pilot N. de Sackoff becomes the first pilot shot down in combat when his biplane, possibly a Maurice Farman MF.7, is hit by ground fire following bomb run on the walls of Fort Bizani during the First Balkan War. Flying for the Greeks, he comes down [...]

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1896 – Birth of Bruce Digby-Worsley, British World War I fighter ace.

1913 – Russian pilot N. de Sackoff becomes the first pilot shot down in combat when his biplane, possibly a Maurice Farman MF.7, is hit by ground fire following bomb run on the walls of Fort Bizani during the First Balkan War. Flying for the Greeks, he comes down near small town of Preveza, on the coast of the Aegean island of Levkas, secures local Greek assistance, repairs his plane and flies back to base.

1928 – Charles Lindbergh, in his Ryan “Spirit of St Louis,” completes the 7,800-mile “Good Will Tour” of Latin America and the Caribbean after having spent 125 hours in the air.

1933 – First flight of the Boeing 247 (D variant shown), an early U.S. airliner and considered the first such aircraft to fully incorporate advances such as all-metal semi-monocoque construction, a fully cantilevered wing and retractable landing gear.

1987 – Death of Otto “Otsch” Bertram, German Spanish war and World War II fighter ace.

2011 – A Royal Jordanian Air Force General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon crashes in central Jordan, killing the pilot.

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BT-13s Meet at Modesto http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/08/bt-13s-meet-at-modesto/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/08/bt-13s-meet-at-modesto/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:38:45 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217815

There are less than 50 airworthy Vultee BT-13s in the United States; two of them were at California’s Modesto Airport on Friday. One of the planes – they were used as Army Air Corps training planes during World War II – was based in Modesto during the war. The other was based in Waco, Texas, [...]

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There are less than 50 airworthy Vultee BT-13s in the United States; two of them were at California’s Modesto Airport on Friday.

One of the planes – they were used as Army Air Corps training planes during World War II – was based in Modesto during the war. The other was based in Waco, Texas, but rebuilt recently in Modesto.

“They were the underdog of World War II, but they were right up there with the big boys … they held their place, rightfully so, and didn’t get the recognition until these days when they are just so rare,” said Jason Reid, who spent the last five years restoring a BT-13 that was in pieces when he bought it, spread between three hangars at the Modesto Airport.

For the complete story by Erin Tracy of The Modesto Bee, click here.

Photo by U.S. Air Force

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California ANG F-15s to Patrol SB50 http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/06/california-ang-f-15s-to-patrol-sb50/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/06/california-ang-f-15s-to-patrol-sb50/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:00:04 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217811

Between the Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and other various aircraft, flyovers for the Super Bowl have wowed audiences for decades. This year, the Blue Angels will open Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium in California with their “signature six-jet Delta formation.” But during the game itself, there will be other aerial backup. [...]

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Between the Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and other various aircraft, flyovers for the Super Bowl have wowed audiences for decades.

This year, the Blue Angels will open Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium in California with their “signature six-jet Delta formation.” But during the game itself, there will be other aerial backup.

Air Force Boeing F-15 Eagles from the California Air National Guard have been training for weeks leading up to the big game, the Air Force said. The fighter jets will be patrolling the skies for wandering aircraft who have flown into restricted airspaces (on Sunday, the skies above stadium are off limits).

For the complete story by Oriana Pawlyk of the Air Force Times, click here.

Photo by U.S. Air Force

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/05/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-579/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/05/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-579/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:01:44 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217803

1919 – Birth of Ion Dobran, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot. 1929 – Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours and 20 minutes from Burbank, Calif. 1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place, between five Japanese aircraft [...]

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1919 – Birth of Ion Dobran, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot.

1929 – Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours and 20 minutes from Burbank, Calif.

1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place, between five Japanese aircraft from the aircraft carrier Hōshō and nine Nationalist Chinese fighters.

1958 – A Boeing B-47E Stratojet of the 22d Bombardment Wing at March AFB, Calif., disappears 50 miles west of San Miguel Island, Calif., over the Pacific at night during a Hairclipper mission. The crew of three is lost and no trace of the bomber is found.

1972 – NASA and de Havilland Canada extensively modify a C-8 Buffalo (shown) for STOL (short take-off and landing) experiments.

1983 – Death of Harry George Armstrong, American aviator and pioneer in the field of aviation medicine; known as “the father of space medicine,”  the “Armstrong Limit,” the altitude above which water boils at the temperature of the human body, is named after him.

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Carter Says A-10 to Stay http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/04/carter-says-a-10-to-stay/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/04/carter-says-a-10-to-stay/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:07:33 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217798

The Warthog will continue to fly. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force’s ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the “Warthog,” will not face retirement until at least at least six years. “The budget defers the A-10′s final retirement [...]

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The Warthog will continue to fly.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force’s ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the “Warthog,” will not face retirement until at least at least six years.

“The budget defers the A-10′s final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we’ll always have enough aircraft for today’s conflicts,” Carter said in a speech previewing the Pentagon’s upcoming budget submission to Congress.

For the complete story by Brad Lendon of CNN, click here.

Photo by U.S. Air Force

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/04/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-578/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2016/02/04/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-578/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:01:29 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=217793

1851 – Birth of Carl Berg, German entrepreneur and airship builder. 1920 – Pierre van Ryneveld and Quentin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from north to south; they will arrive in Cape Town on March 20. 1944 – A U. S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-24 Liberator flies the first Allied photographic reconnaissance mission against Truk Atoll, [...]

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1851 – Birth of Carl Berg, German entrepreneur and airship builder.

1920 – Pierre van Ryneveld and Quentin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from north to south; they will arrive in Cape Town on March 20.

1944 – A U. S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-24 Liberator flies the first Allied photographic reconnaissance mission against Truk Atoll, Japan’s main base in the South Pacific Ocean, making a 1,700-nautical mile flight from Bougainville.

1948 – First flight of the Douglas Skyrocket (D-558-2 shown), an American rocket and jet-powered supersonic research aircraft.

1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60, a Boeing 727, plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.

1966 – Death of Giorgio Michetti, Italian World War I flying ace.

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