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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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Retired Airman Recalls First USAF Flight Over North Pole

Retired Airman Recalls First USAF Flight Over North Pole

(Editor’s note: This “Through Airmen’s Eyes” story, a regular feature published by the U.S. Air Force, is a first-person account of what some aeronautical experts claim is the first airplane flight over the geographical North Pole. The flight took place in 1946, just as the Cold War was beginning. “The only thing that stood between […]
Light Plane Missing After Leaving Half Moon Bay

Light Plane Missing After Leaving Half Moon Bay

A search is under way for a single-engine airplane that flew out of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday morning bound for Arizona but never reached its destination, aviation officials said. The Aeropro CZ A240 left around 5:50 a.m., and the pilot’s wife said he intended to make a fuel stop in Apple Valley, said Federal […]

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Yeager Re-Enacts Sound Barrier Flight

Yeager Re-Enacts Sound Barrier Flight

Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of a McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle as it broke the sound […]
Baumgarter Sets Records in Successful Jump Attempt

Baumgarter Sets Records in Successful Jump Attempt

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Felix reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph (1,342.8 kmh) or  Mach 1.24. This preliminary figure would make him the first man to break the […]

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County-Owned 737 Missing Engine

County-Owned 737 Missing Engine

With Scot Spencer and San Bernardino (Calif.) International Airport, nothing is simple. When airport officials were asked to account for three engines that Spencer used along with a Boeing 727 as collateral for a $550,000 loan from the airport, there wasn’t a yes or no answer. Instead, there was a question: Where are the engines? Airport […]
Fly-Ins: Don’t Miss ‘Em!

Fly-Ins: Don’t Miss ‘Em!

OK, I’ve got a confession to make: until Saturday, I’ve never been to a fly-in. Yep, I know what you’re thinking: how can any self-respecting plane buff wait so long to attend a fly-in? Well, I don’t know, but that’s irrelevant now, ’cause I’ve got one under my belt. When I got back home, I […]

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What the … ?  Unidentified Aero Ironing Board

What the … ? Unidentified Aero Ironing Board

It’s a given that Flight Journal readers have a strong interest in aviation history. One of the things that I think we all find appealing are photos of unusual aircraft. Sometimes, such photos come along as part of a puzzle—what is it? They are true Unidentified Flying Objects. Having more than 150,000 aviation negatives and […]
Court Orders Arrest of Kingfisher Airlines Boss

Court Orders Arrest of Kingfisher Airlines Boss

An Indian court Friday ordered the arrest of the highflying owner of Kingfisher Airlines for bouncing checks, adding to the beleaguered airline’s woes as its struggles to resume flights that have been grounded since the start of the month. The cash-strapped airline has stopped selling tickets on its website through Oct. 20 and is still […]

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Storied F-111 Heads to New Home in Kentucky

Storied F-111 Heads to New Home in Kentucky

Four vehicles carrying the Bowling Green, Ky., Aviation Heritage Park’s next exhibit are expected to arrive in town late Friday afternoon. Trailers are hauling the largest plane planned to be on display at the park: a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark flown on the 1986 raid on Libya led by Bowling Green’s Arnie Franklin, then an Air […]
Iraq to Buy Czech L-159 Trainer Jets

Iraq to Buy Czech L-159 Trainer Jets

The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported. “Further talks about purchasing the L-159 will take place on Friday between the Iraqi and Czech defense ministries,” he said. Talks […]
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