The Man Called Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

The following is courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing (skyhorsepublishing.com). How did a black child, growing up in segregationist Mississippi during the early 1900s, become the commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Corps during the brutal Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935? In this gripping, never-before-told tale, biographer Thomas E. Simmons brings to life Robinson’s outstanding success in becoming [...]

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Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Re-Experienced

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — located in Titusville, Fla., and neighboring the Kennedy Space Center — continues to revamp, expand and please. Along with the new hangar there is much more to enjoy. The Grumman F4F Wildcat, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now in main entry lobby which is a vast improvement, I think, [...]

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India Suspends Kingfisher Airlines’ License Amid Strike

Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

India suspended Kingfisher Airlines’s operating license after the cash-strapped carrier failed to resume flights because of a strike by engineers and pilots demanding seven months of unpaid salaries. The suspension will remain in effect until the airline submits a “concrete and reliable” revival plan to the Director General of Civil Aviation, the industry regulator, the [...]

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Memorial Dedicated to USAF Pilots Killed in ’52 Air Show

Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

R. Mark Danell was 5 years old when his father’s airplane and that of another pilot collided over Westfield, Mass., farmland during a military air show in 1952. On Saturday he and the other airman’s son unveiled a memorial to their fathers on the crash site. A monument crafted of granite in the shape of an airplane wing [...]

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Sole A-2 Flies Home 64 Years Later

Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

As the tiny plane with the odd-shaped tail taxied toward her, Robin Ragland Smith surprised herself by crying softly. If only her father could see this, she thought. How long he had worked to get this airplane – the one he had built in 1948 with six other men, the only one of its kind in [...]

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Russian Aerobatics Team Boss Fired

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team, Lt. Col. Valery Morozov, has been fired from the air force for taking bribes, a source at the Kubinka Air Show Center said on Thursday. “Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov signed an order discharging Morozov on October 12” for “failure to comply with his contract,” the [...]

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Hawker Beechcraft Sale to Chinese Firm Collapses

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

Talks to sell Hawker Beechcraft’s operations to China’s Superior Aviation Beijing have collapsed and the U.S. plane maker said Thursday that it now plans to emerge from bankruptcy protection as a slimmed down company in the first quarter of 2013. “Despite our best efforts, the proposed transaction with Superior could not be completed on terms [...]

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Spec Ops Command Seeks 300 Pilots for Night Stalkers

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

Calling all U.S. Army aviators: Now is the time to go spec ops. Army Special Operations Aviation Command is seeking helicopter pilots and aviation officers to fill critical slots in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), better known as the Night Stalkers, and to keep up with the overall high demand for Army pilots. [...]

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