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Helborne 513: October Issue

Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

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Bell Delivers Last Converted AH-1W Cobra

Bell Delivers Last Converted AH-1W Cobra

By David Bell, AINonline This week Bell redelivered the 37th and last AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra light attack helicopter to be remanufactured to the new AH-1Z Viper, or “Zulu” configuration. From now on, all AH-1Z production will be completely new-build aircraft. The U.S.Marine Corps has a program of record covering 189 AH-1Zs, and already has two squadrons converted from the AH-1W. A third […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1912 – Birth of Fusata Iida, Sino-Japanese and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1945 – Death of Kenji Kato, Japanese World War II flying ace. 1959 – The […]

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RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

An Airbus A330 plummeted thousands of feet during a flight to Afghanistan while carrying 190 people. The Royal Air Force today said it would pause flights of military-registered Voyager planes following the incident on Sunday. The aircraft was on its way to Afghanistan but was forced to divert to an airfield in Turkey after some of the 180 […]
737-Based Subhunter a Draw at Air Show

737-Based Subhunter a Draw at Air Show

The star attraction at Asia’s biggest arms and aerospace bazaar is an outwardly unassuming aircraft parked in a distant corner of the tarmac, past the sleek jet fighters and menacing attack helicopters. An operational P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft is on public display for the first time, with its manufacturer, Boeing , hoping for rich sales […]

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Bugatti Replica to Soar at Museum

Bugatti Replica to Soar at Museum

Ettore Bugatti, perhaps bored with building such extravagant symbols of single-minded genius like the Royale, devised a staggering work of aeronautical wonder that never saw the light of the day. Threatened by the twin insurmountable forces of deadlines and war, the Bugatti 100P never made it to the skies. Bugatti wanted to tackle the Deutsch […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Rudolf Stark, German World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanied his cousin, the balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1945 – First flight of the Consolidated Vultee XP-81, an American single-seat, long-range escort […]

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Algerian C-130 Crashes, 103 Die

Algerian C-130 Crashes, 103 Die

By The Associated Press An Algerian military transport plane crashed Tuesday in the country’s mountainous east, killing 103 people, according to an Algerian intelligence official. The intelligence officer said the crash killed everybody on board, including the 4 crew members, a total of 103 people. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not […]
Black Knights Reform for Air Show

Black Knights Reform for Air Show

Singapore’s Black Knights aerobatic team has been reformed for the seventh time to wow the crowd at this year’s Singapore Airshow at Changi Air Base (East), located at the eastern end of the island country. The six Lockheed Martin F-16Cs have been painted in a snazzy new red-and-white design. Led by Lt. Col. Joseph Leong, […]

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New Airline to Start Florida Service

New Airline to Start Florida Service

An airline calling itself Florida Express Jet says it plans to launch service between three Florida cities in less than 40 days. The carrier is selling seats now for nonstop service that’s scheduled to start March 20. Florida Express Jet will fly nonstop from Orlando to both Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee with fares starting at $69, even […]
‘Borrowed’ England Spitfire Heads Home

‘Borrowed’ England Spitfire Heads Home

A special Second World War Supermarine Spitfire is winging its way back to Hendon, England, a London suburb, for the first time in almost 20 years. The fighter plane, Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MT847, is being returned for a special exhibition at the Hendon RAF Museum after being on display in Manchester since 1995. Having seen action during the […]
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