USAF Tanker Crashes in Kyrgyzstan, Crew Missing

May 03, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. military Boeing KC-135 refueling aircraft crashed in a mountainous area in Kyrgyzstan for unspecified reasons on Friday, the United States Air Force said. “A U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft crashed today in northern Kyrgyzstan,” according to the USAF’s 376th Air Expeditionary Wing based in the country. The KC-135 is based on the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 03, 2013 No Comments

1918 – Death of Samuel Parry, Welsh World War I flying ace,  who was killed in a flying accident in a Bristol F.2b. 1923 – U. S. Air Service Lts. Oakley G. Kelly and John A. Macready complete the first non-stop flight across the U.S. in less than 27 hours from Long Island to Arizona in a Fokker [...]

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Alaskan Pilot Flies Cessna to North, South Poles

May 03, 2013 No Comments

Alaskan pilot Art Mortvedt is due back in Fairbanks any day now from his solo flight to the North Pole. It was the second leg of a mission to realize his long-held dream of flying a single-engine aircraft to both North and South poles. KUAC-FM caught up with Art Mortvedt on Tuesday afternoon, somewhere in the skies [...]

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Oregon Man Leaves Behind Assortment of Warbirds

May 03, 2013 No Comments

A world-class collection of historic military aircraft has long flown under the radar just across the Idaho border in eastern Oregon. The private collection of Ontario’s Merle Maine isn’t sitting in a museum. It’s long been hiding in plain view at the Ontario Airport. However, when Maine passed away in March, his trust made a decision [...]

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RAF Museum to Raise German World War II Bomber

May 03, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the start of a ground-breaking operation to raise from the English Channel the last surviving Dornier Do 17, an historic World War II German bomber shot down 72 years ago during the Battle of Britain. The operation will see the retrieval of what is the only [...]

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Navy Unveils Squadron of Manned, Unmanned Craft

May 02, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy on Thursday inaugurated its first squadron with both manned and unmanned aircraft. Military officials launched the effort by reactivating the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, known as the “Magicians” or HSL-35, which served for 19 years before being deactivated in 1992. “The HSL-35 points to the future of naval aviation,” Vice Admiral David [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 02, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (shown above), a German World War I pilot widely known as the Red Baron, is born. Still regarded today as the ace of aces, he amassed 80 aerial combat victories. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole. 1936 – American parachutist Clement Joseph “Clem” Sohn makes his first [...]

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Thunderbirds Crew Chief Takes to New Heights

May 02, 2013 No Comments

Growing up around small planes, it’s no surprise that 23-year-old U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ben Ayivorh, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, developed an interest in aviation at an early age. However, aside from his day-to-day job of maintaining aircraft, this Burke, Va., [...]

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