First US 787 Flight Made Today

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Would you get on a Boeing 787 today? Or would you remember the pictures of charred batteries and think twice? That’s the problem. Years from now, the Dreamliner may be profitable, even legendary like the 737 model Boeing has been making for almost 50 years. Today, Boeing will clear another hurdle, assuming the first U.S. 787 [...]

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Afghan Pilots Learn Air Assault from Army’s 101st

May 20, 2013 No Comments

With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force’s fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air. The U.S. Army’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform [...]

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V-2 Rocket Added to Flying Heritage Museum Collection

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is selling some of his abstract art, and buying a historic rocket. The eclectic Seattle billionaire has procured a rare Wernher von Braun-designed V-2 rocket, the first human-made object to fly into outer space. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection — located at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. — is taking possession of the rocket on Monday. The Mittelwerk [...]

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Dark Clouds Hang Over Air Shows After Budget Cuts

May 17, 2013 No Comments

Patty Wagstaff is a Hollywood stunt pilot, three-time U.S. aerobatic champion, inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and favorite on the air show circuit. One of her tricked-out planes is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. But this weekend, she’s grounded. Federal budget cuts that eliminated military flying acts [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 17, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Georg Wulf, German aviation pioneer, test pilot and aircraft designer. He was a co-founder of the Focke-Wulf aircraft company. 1924 – During its first aerial circumnavigation of the world, the westbound U.S. Army Air Service flight of Douglas World Cruisers arrive in northern Japan, completing the first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by airplane. 1943 – Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress ”Memphis Belle” (shown above) of the [...]

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China’s ‘Sharp Sword’ UCAV is Spotted Taxiing

May 17, 2013 No Comments

China’s first jet-powered stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), the Lijian or “Sharp Sword,” was recently spotted undergoing taxiing tests in that country. Analysts interpreted the sighting as indicating that the Lijian’s maiden flight is imminent. The Lijian prototype rolled off the assembly line late last year after three years’ joint development by Hongdu Aviation Industry [...]

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A Front-Row Seat to Aviation History: the X-47B

May 17, 2013 No Comments

Any news photographer that has been in the business for a decent length of time may say to you that he or she has “seen it all and done it all” or that “there is nothing new that hasn’t been shot already.” Until this week, you could also paint me with that same brush. But [...]

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Historic Key West Flight to Cuba Recognized

May 17, 2013 No Comments

The fuel was running perilously low, and the lubricating oil was nearly exhausted, but pioneering pilot Domingo Rosillo del Toro could see land ahead. While three guns were fired from the Havana, Cuba, fortress to announce his arrival, Rosillo coaxed his one-seat, bright yellow plane with an overheating engine past a flotilla of boats, over [...]

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