L-1011 Drop-Launches NASA Satellite

Jun 28, 2013 No Comments

NASA reported “a great insertion orbit” for its newest orbiting telescope for studying the Sun’s dynamic temperature bands, which was drop-launched from a former airliner off the central California coast Thursday night. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft is to operate from about a 400-mile-high sun synchronous orbit from which it will study solar [...]

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Aussies Get Hi-Tech Observation Plane Demo

Jun 28, 2013 No Comments

An Australian aviation company in Hervey Bay, Queensland, could soon be supplying planes to those at the forefront of catching criminals, fighting fires or even protecting nations. Urangan’s Seabird Aviation, which manufactures specialist aeroplanes known as Seekers, demonstrated its new machine at Hervey Bay airport on Thursday. Police representatives, energy company staff and others were on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer; he founded Pan American World Airways. 1923 – First mid-air refueling between two aircraft occurred between two Airco DH-4B biplanes of the U.S. Army Air Service. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, (known as the Richtofen of the Orient and shown above) the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army [...]

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Idaho Museum to Host Warbird Roundup

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

There’s something about the industrial F sharp hum of an old fighter plane that pricks the ears. For those who served in World War II, it’s the signal to drop what you’re doing and look to the sky. This weekend, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho, hosts the Warbird Roundup, featuring the Republic P-47 [...]

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F-16 Crashes in Arizona; Pilots OK

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

A Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon of the U.S. Air Force crashed near Luke Air Force Base in suburban Phoenix on Wednesday evening, but both pilots ejected safely, authorities said. The pilots were on a routine training mission when their jet went down just before 7 p.m. in a desert area just west of the airfield, [...]

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Wanna Buy a Jump Jet? There’s One on Ebay

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

From time to time, some unusual items appear on eBay, such as the state of West Virginia, but this latest one is actually obtainable. Yep, it’s a genuine British Aerospace Sea Harrier, the naval version of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, best known as the Jump Jet. The model in question is actually an FA2, the updated version [...]

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British Airways Gets First 787

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

British Airways received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today at London’s Heathrow Airport today at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways. “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. [...]

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