Fifty years old and it could still be the most improved manned interceptor on the planet…

May 13, 2013 1 Comment

By Steve Pace It was first publicly known as the A-11, then the YF-12A, but it actually began life in total secrecy as the AF-12. We’ll call it the YF-12A because that’s what its buyer, the U.S. Air Force, designated it and it was just one of the many derivatives of the Lockheed-built CIA-funded A-12 [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Troubled Bird

May 13, 2013 3 Comments

The F-35 Approaches U.S. Service By Robert F. Dorr Col. Andrew J. “Drifter” Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, the “Nomads” at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, was talking about the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when he acknowledged a flight restriction on the airplane. “We’re not allowed to fly within 25 miles [...]

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Missile-launching Galaxy coming to Delaware Museum

May 13, 2013 No Comments

By Robert F. Dorr Only once in history has an intercontinental ballistic missile — an ICBM — been launched from an aircraft in flight. It happened October 24, 1974 when a C-5A Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, launched a 60-foot, 78,000-pound LGM-30F Minuteman II ICBM from its cargo ramp high over the Pacific [...]

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Salute from the Shore Air Show to Go On

May 13, 2013 No Comments

Each year on the Fourth of July, a group from Columbia, S.C., organizes “Salute from the Shore,” a flyover of military aircraft along the entire South Carolina coast from the North Carolina border to the Georgia state line. The crowds on the beach are urged to display American flags, wave and cheer as a video [...]

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Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

May 13, 2013 No Comments

The world’s single largest building is located in Everett, Wash., a northern suburb of Seattle. And yet, if you didn’t make an effort to visit Paine Field, you might never know it was there. This structure is no high rise. It is 2.2 miles from one end to the other, sprawling across more than 98 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 13, 2013 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, British World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps who went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashed at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger. The accident was investigated [...]

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Airline Museum to Begin Connie Resto Effort

May 12, 2013 No Comments

A year-long campaign to raise $3.2 million to fly a Lockheed Constellation on a special flight commemorating the birth of transatlantic and transcontinental passenger service is being launched Friday. The Constellation, part of the National Airline History Museum’s collection in Kansas City, Mo.,  is one of the only three historic aircraft of its kind in [...]

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Last Summer for Mars Water Bomber as Canada Province Cuts Contract

May 11, 2013 No Comments

The future of the last Martin Mars water bomber still in service is uncertain, now that Canada’s British Columbia provincial government has given notice that this is the last summer the aircraft, based in Port Alberni, will be given a direct-award contract. Wayne Coulson, owner of the 1940s-era aircraft that’s based on the Martin JRM Mars four-engined cargo [...]

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