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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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Living Legends Ceremony Set for January

Living Legends Ceremony Set for January

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, will be honored next month at the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smith is due to receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award, while Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry […]
Weeks Revs Up for Re-Enactment Flight

Weeks Revs Up for Re-Enactment Flight

Kermit Weeks’ goal has been to create an authentic version of the Benoist airboat flown by legendary pilot Tony Jannus in his historic New Year’s Day hop across Tampa Bay almost a century ago. For Weeks, founder of the Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, where vintage and rare aircraft attract thousands of visitors, […]

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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Set ’14 Schedules

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Set ’14 Schedules

OK, air show fans, the 2014 season is just around the corner and the top military teams in the world, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, have released their schedules! Check out the Blues show dates here and the Thunderbirds here, then go see ’em at a show near you. Photo by U.S. Navy
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator […]

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VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, received the Silver Star aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Monday for taking immediate action against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pinned the nation’s […]
Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21FL fighter jet aircraft, which had heralded the “supersonic era” in the Indian Air Force and had changed the course of the 1971 Indo-Pak war due to its accurate targeting ability, flew into the annals of history today. “I have the greatest professional regard for MiG-21. The agility of MiG-21 cannot be matched by […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Morzik, German World War I pilot and high-ranking officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 1933 – Charles Kingsford Smith in a Percival Gull IV lands in Darwin, Australia, after flying from Lympne Aerodrome in England; the trip sets a record for solo flight between the two countries […]
Aussie Navy Gets MH-60R Choppers

Aussie Navy Gets MH-60R Choppers

 The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in today’s maritime security […]

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Navy Celebrates 35 Years of Hornet Service

Navy Celebrates 35 Years of Hornet Service

The U.S. Navy marked the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary with the fleet on a Monday at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. “The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continue to thrive,” said Capt. Frank Morley, Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) manager for the Hornet and Growler programs. “And [it] is by far […]
Cathay Pacific Unveils Latest ‘Spirit’

Cathay Pacific Unveils Latest ‘Spirit’

Cathay Pacific Airways unveiled the third edition of the airline’s “Spirit of Hong Kong” livery at a special ceremony held Monday at Hong Kong International Airport. The new livery marks the climax of the recent “The Spirit of Hong Kong” campaign run by the airline. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar officiated at the livery […]
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