MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

Apr 06, 2013 No Comments

The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, the world’s first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, will have its “Balikatan” debut this April 5 to 17. The Ospreys will be used as ship-to-shore connectors. A U.S. Marine Corps statement said that this will the first time the MV-22B will be used to conduct single and dual-point sling loads from a dry [...]

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Five Historic B-25s to Visit Emerald Coast

Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

History buffs will be ecstatic – aviation enthusiasts will be thrilled – the general public will be captivated.  Those are the great reactions to be expected when five lovingly restored, airworthy B-25 Mitchell bombers visit the Destin Airport in conjunction with the activities for the 71st Doolittle Raiders Anniversary Reunion in Fort Walton Beach. There [...]

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Scorpion on the Waterfront

Apr 03, 2013 No Comments

By David Menard In September 1955, General Motors presented its free “World’s Fair of Power” on Chicago’s lakefront. This event was named Powerama and was put together to exhibit to the public examples of everything the company was then currently producing. These included diesel locomotives, giant, earth-moving equipment, a diesel-powered submarine moored nearby, heavy-duty military [...]

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Iconic Firepower: The Outstandingly Bad Mark 13 Torpedo

Apr 03, 2013 4 Comments

By Barrett Tillman The U.S. naval ordnance bureaucracy did some things well in WW II, and some things incredibly poorly—none moreso than torpedoes.  The failure to test a primary fleet weapon adequately—even after its failings were known—appeared criminally negligent.  Both submarine and aircraft torpedoes were scandalously ineffective in 1942-1943. Product of an on-again, off-again program, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year. 1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at [...]

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San Diego Air Wing Draws Marine Aviation Awards

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Two U.S. Marines from a helicopter squadron in California’s Camp Pendleton who battled insurgents during the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall were honored with 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Awards. Maj. Robert “Troll” Weingart, a Bell AH-1W Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, won the Alfred A. Cunningham aviator of [...]

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Missouri Man Recalls Flying for ‘Pappy’ Boyington

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ed Harper is a true-blue example of the soldiers of World War II. He sits back in his easy chair at his Lake Saint Louis home on one of those sunny days when winter battles with spring recalling how he was just 18 when he and the rest of America [...]

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Travel Air Lands at Montana Aviation Museum

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments

Once it was called the “Limousine of the Air,” the private plane of choice for the likes of Wallace Beery, whose acting career bridged the silent and sound movie era. But the Travel Air 6000 became the bread and butter of flying in these mountains of Montana and Idaho for Johnson Flying Service. Now Missoula has [...]

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