Memphis Belle Gets a Facelift

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

A new look has been bestowed upon the Memphis Belle (The Movie), the B-17 Flying Fortress used as the platform for the 1990 movie Memphis Belle, a fictionalized depiction of the airplane’s final mission. The B-17 is still in service and is operated by the Liberty Foundation, which uses the airplane to educate the public about the [...]

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RAF Typhoons Blow Into Langley AFB

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

Royal Air Force pilots and engineers arrived in the U.S. this week to begin training exercises with their U.S. Air Force colleagues for the first joint training exercise featuring the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. About 200 personnel from XI Squadron, stationed at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, England, have joined forces with [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Paul Frank Baer, American World War I flying ace who scored the first aerial victory ever for U.S. military aviation. 1918 – First unqualified air combat victory at night against another aeroplane takes place, when two Sopwith Camels of the Royal Air Force No. 44 Squadron (formed the previous year) shoot down a [...]

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N.Y. Woman to be Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

After a lifetime as an aviation reporter and editor, Mary Frances Silitch is used to boarding planes in pursuit of news. In March, she will fly to Nashville, Tenn., but this time she will be the one making news. Silitch, 77, will be traveling to the 24th annual conference of Women In Aviation, International and will be [...]

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Pilot Shares Plane with Rescue Dogs

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

A dog is a man’s best friend, as the saying goes. A local pilot is doing his best to return the favor. When he’s not working on his patients’ teeth at High Peaks Dental in Lake Placid, N.Y., 48-year-old D.J. O’Neill takes to the skies in his single-propeller airplane – a red and white Cessna [...]

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U.S. F-16 Missing Over Adriatic Sea

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet was feared to have crashed on Monday during a training exercise over the Adriatic Sea, and the U.S.A.F. said the status of its Italy-based pilot was unknown. Search efforts by the Air Force and the Italian Coast Guard are under way in poor weather conditions with limited visibility. A fuel [...]

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Area 51 Employees to Talk Top-Secret Aircraft

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada’s mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. As ”The X-Files” TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don’t expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of David Sinton Ingalls, DSC and DFC, only U.S. Navy flying ace of World War I, and first ace in U. S. Navy history. 1928 – New Zealand Royal Flying Corps Lt. John Moncrieff and Capt. George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received [...]

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