Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?
Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered flight.
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Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the [...]

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Florida Marina Jet Headed for Retirement

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

After almost 40 years of service, an icon of downtown Panama City, Fla., soon will go into retirement. For 51 years, a jet has occupied the marina mall as a symbolic homage to the military. With the Marina Redevelopment Project slated to begin this summer, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first has a couple of [...]

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

Four years ago, Capt. Sully Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. On Monday, his copilot, Jeff Skiles, was at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. “Everybody on board that aircraft has some memory of where they were standing, where they were sitting, so it’s always going to be impactful to come back [...]

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Aussies Reform Historic Wallaby Airlines Squadron

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Australian Air Force has re-established 35 Squadron, the original “Wallaby Airlines” which transported Australian personnel during the Vietnam War. The new 35 Squadron will be equipped with the de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou replacement, the new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which will start entering service from 2015. RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said [...]

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Pentagon Report Cites F-35′s ‘Lack of Maturity’

Jan 14, 2013 No Comments

Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a [...]

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RAF Tornados Retiring, Lightning IIs In

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Geoff Jones After bearing the brunt of NATO’s insurgency air power in toppling General Gadaffi and bringing freedom to the Libyan people, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Royal Air Force’s multi-role strike Panavia Tornado aircraft are to be retired from front-line service. In a further twist, the announcement also [...]

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Two Mustangs, One Duck, and an Army Threat

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Did you hear about the P-51 pilot who made ace on the same mission he was shot down—by two Mustangs? Or the P-47 pilot who flew a combat mission with a duck? Or the deployed Hellcat ace who received a summons from the Army to report for duty or face possible prison [...]

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Photo of the Day

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A groundcrew member from U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-132 signals to an Boeing EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa on Thursday. The VAQ-132 Scorpions are deployed in Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash., [...]

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