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Helborne 513: October Issue

Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

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Speaking of Gifts…

Speaking of Gifts…

As I mentioned in my last post, the gift of flight is a great one for any young boy or girl, even the young at heart. While I agree that an airplane ride might not be feasible for everyone, there are some ground-based alternatives. One of our advertisers is Ikarus, maker of a nice line […]
Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Gene Morrison remembers being a 19-year-old boy on a double date on Dec. 7, 1941, when he first heard news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left nearly 2,500 people dead and a thousand more wounded. By April the following year, he was enlisted in the service, beginning a 30-plus year career where […]
Tyndall AFB Air Show Cancelled

Tyndall AFB Air Show Cancelled

The 2013 air show at a Florida Panhandle military base has been canceled because of budget cuts. U.S. Air Force Lt. Melanie Holiday told The News Herald that officials at Tyndall Air Force Base had been planning for their March show when senior military officials told them to stop. About 75,000 people attended the Gulf Coast […]
USAF X-37B Mini-Shuttle Shrouded in Secrecy

USAF X-37B Mini-Shuttle Shrouded in Secrecy

The military’s mysterious mini-shuttle is set to launch this week on a classified mission that has captured the imaginations of everyone from amateur satellite trackers to anti-nuclear protestors and potential military adversaries Russia and China. Built by Boeing’s secretive Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Air Force X-37B spacecraft is rumored to be everything […]
Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

A kit-plane manufacturer is eyeing a vacant manufacturing plant to expand its operations in Bend, Ore. The City Council voted last week to transfer a lease of airport land from Cessna Aircraft to Epic Aircraft, and officials say the two companies are negotiating on a sale of the building. Epic wanted Cessna’s vacant building to expand production beyond kit planes […]
Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said “everything points toward” it being the U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside […]
Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, died Friday, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today’s Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas, where he died at […]
Give the Gift of Flight

Give the Gift of Flight

If you still don’t know what to give that hard-to-buy-for youngster in your life, then consider this suggestion: an airplane ride. Nope, not a trip aboard a commercial airliner, as long lines, invasive security and indifferent customer service have pretty much sucked all the fun out of that experience. I’m talking about flying on an […]
Civil Air Patrol to Honor Veterans as Part of Wreath-laying Salute

Civil Air Patrol to Honor Veterans as Part of Wreath-laying Salute

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Members of Civil Air Patrol are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season. This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and […]
‘Smoke & Noise’ Highlights Harvard Aerobatic Team

‘Smoke & Noise’ Highlights Harvard Aerobatic Team

Dave, Pete, and Kent are three of the world’s most respected and talented low-altitude civilian pilots. “Smoke & Noise,” a new video produced by Lyte, brings you as close to the Canadian Harvard Aerobatics Team experience as possible without actually getting into their wartime aircraft. Following the team from rehearsal to the air show, we […]
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