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Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

June is the start of the rainy season in the South Pacific, six months of storms that come in fast and unpredictable. And when the wind starts blowing, that takes its toll on U.S. intelligence-gathering far off in North Korea. A substantial amount of the intel on the Hermit Kingdom comes from the three massive […]
Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar […]

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Boeing 787 Woes Return

Boeing 787 Woes Return

A fire and “technical issue” aboard two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Friday raised new safety concerns for the long troubled airliner. The fire ignited on an empty 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that was parked at London’s Heathrow airport. No one was hurt and the incident shut runways for about an hour before operations resumed, the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, Australian World War I flying ace. 1929 – First flight of the Dornier Do X, a German flying boat powered by twelve engines mounted in six tower nacelles on the wing. 1944 – The first allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mk. 1 (shown above), entered service with the Royal Air Force’s […]

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Warbirds Highlight N.Y. Air Show

Warbirds Highlight N.Y. Air Show

John Makinson has had many aviation adventures in his decades of flying. He’s flown bush planes in the Canadian Arctic and the wild’s of Alaska — possibly the only place you can fly a plane with wheels, skis or floats all in one day — where he’s landed and taken off from glaciers and landing […]
VIDEO: Red Arrows Over England

VIDEO: Red Arrows Over England

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today before flying over Chichester, England. The elite flying squad was at the festival to complement the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition, with many more displays planned over the weekend. After their Goodwood display was finished, the Arrows did a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Walter Richard Brookins, first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team and Wrights’ first pilot instructor. 1897 – Salomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg and Knut Frænkel takes off in their hydrogen balloon “Eagle” for an Arctic expedition. 1942 – In the longest bombing raid of World War II, 1,750 Avro Lancaster […]
Czech Aircraft Still Looking for Buyers

Czech Aircraft Still Looking for Buyers

Lined up in a hangar and shrouded in silver, they make for a surreal, almost ghostly sight. These 30-odd mothballed L-159 training jets, covered in protective foil, never even see the sun, let alone take to the skies and tear across the countryside. Dormant for years and kept inside a specially made facility at the headquarters […]

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Post to Honor Mexican Aviation Pioneer

Post to Honor Mexican Aviation Pioneer

A brave young Mexican air force captain whose final solo flight ended in death 85 years ago still inspires veterans, and civilians, in South Jersey and beyond. Emilio Carranza’s story has everything: An idealistic hero, a daring adventure, a tragic ending. It’s about a gutsy aviator of 22 piloting a tiny Ryan B1 named “Excelsior” […]
Canadian Cadets to Fly in Warbirds

Canadian Cadets to Fly in Warbirds

Laura Matheson admits she was “absolutely giddy” when she found out she was going to be able to fly in a vintage airplane. Matheson, a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, is one of 120 cadets from across Canada in North Bay for the next six weeks, and one of 50 who will be […]
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