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Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

Iconic Firepower: Another Kind of Artillery

By Barrett Tillman Imagine you’re a fighter-bomber pilot entering combat in 1944.  Your combat training has emphasized gunnery with some dive-bombing, but suddenly your Thunderbolt or Corsair or Avenger or Typhoon possesses the punch of a Navy destroyer’s broadside: half a dozen five-inch projectiles streaking toward an Axis target.  Buck Rogers fantasy in the 1940s. […]
F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft Takes Wing

By Steve Pace On 20 February 2013, an F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft destined for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) made a successful first flight out of Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility. The flight went as planned, meeting all test objectives to support the on-schedule development of this new version of the F-15 Eagle. The […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1869 – Largest hydrogen balloon ever to make a free (untethered) ascent, makes a short flight from the Champs de Mars in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 424,000 cubic feet. 1902 – Birth of William “Bill” Powell Lear, American inventor and businessman best known for founding the Lear Jet Corp., a manufacturer of business jets. 1942 – First […]
Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

For those of us who couldn’t make it to the 2013 edition of the Paris Air Show, the folks at Popular Science (you know, the publication that predicted we’d all have flying cars by now) posted a story yesterday on some of the aircraft that were displayed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. While not a comprehensive […]

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Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

A host of vintage aircraft and one modern fighter jet will take to the skies today in the first Atlantic City Airshow without a single military act. Organizers searched farther than ever to find enough acts to round out a lineup that took a hit, along with the rest of the country’s airshows, when federal budget […]
Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Canadian Aviation Museum Still Relevant

Sandra Seaward wants it made known the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is still in the community and it’s still vitally important to the Canadian town of Gander (Newfoundland & Labrador). Located on the Trans Canada Highway in Gander, near the Tourism Information Centre, the museum tracks the history of the Gander International Airport, and houses […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, American aviation pioneer, is born. He becomes chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only USAF general to hold five-star rank and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. 1919 – The world’s most modern airliner, […]
Efforts Resume to Find Missing French Flyers

Efforts Resume to Find Missing French Flyers

Two French aviators had done it, it seemed — accomplished the first, near-unthinkable flight between Paris and New York, and on May 10, 1927, newspapers across France proclaimed “the triumph of French wings” and a “golden age of French aviation.” “Nungesser and Coli have succeeded,”declared La Presse, going so far as to detail their sea […]

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Airplanes to Entertain During Wings & Wheels Show

Airplanes to Entertain During Wings & Wheels Show

The Tacoma (Wash.) Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year next month with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Wings & Wheels runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 6 at the airport, located at 1202 26th Ave. N.W. in Gig Harbor, Wash. The event is part […]
Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

David Martin learned to fly in the mid-1960s as a member of the South African Air Force, and one of the first planes he guided was a Harvard. Built by North American, Harvards were legendary ­training planes, and decades later the so-called “yellow birds” still awe Martin, 64. He still flies them as a member of […]
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