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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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Bahrain International Airshow Opens

Bahrain International Airshow Opens

Stunt pilots, fighter jets and parachute display teams took to the skies yesterday for the opening of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) at the island country’s Sakhir Air Base. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, officially opened the three-day show at Sakhir Airbase. He […]
German Tornado Crashes, Crew Safe

German Tornado Crashes, Crew Safe

A German army Panavia Tornado fighter plane crashed near the western city of Koblenz on Thursday night, with both pilots ejecting to safety, police said. A spokesman for the German army said on Friday morning that experts were now investigating the cause of the crash. “We need light to see the full extent of it,” […]

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Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world. Popularly known as the “Beluga,” because of its strong resemblance to the white Arctic whale, the Airbus A300-600ST (ST stands for Super Transporter) is unique not only in appearance, but also for the essential […]
Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., a military spokesman said Thursday. The Sikorsky MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor. 1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on […]
Helicopters to Fly Over Baltimore for Tests

Helicopters to Fly Over Baltimore for Tests

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deployed a helicopter to fly over Baltimore, Maryland to measure radiation levels and to examine how officials can respond quickly in the event of an emergency. Officials told CBS Baltimore that the large chopper will at times fly as low as 150 feet off the ground, in an […]

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Navy Super Hornet Crashes, Pilot Rescued

Navy Super Hornet Crashes, Pilot Rescued

By Reuters A U.S. Navy jet crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast but its pilot ejected and was rescued on Wednesday, a week after a Navy helicopter crash killed two sailors. The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet went down during routine training flight about 45 miles from Virginia Beach at 2:30 p.m., the […]
Royal Navy to Fly ScanEagle UAV

Royal Navy to Fly ScanEagle UAV

The UK Royal Navy is poised to conduct its first operational flights with the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagleunmanned air system, as the service continues to evaluate its long-term requirements for such equipment. “The [ScanEagle] system starts real operations from this week, on maritime security patrols in the [Arabian] Gulf and in the Indian Ocean,” says Cdr. Bow Wheaton, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Phillip Bernard “Bruce” Prothero, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1919 – Royal Air Force Maj. A.S.C. MacLaren and Capt. Robert Halley arrive in Delhi, completing the first England-India flight, in a Handley Page V/1500. 1937 – First flight of the Beechcraft Model 18, or “Twin Beech” (military version, the Beech […]
U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

By Reuters An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. The United Nations force started using drones – a first for the world body – last month to help it monitor armed groups operating along Congo’s border zone with […]
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