Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Hidden in the dense sawgrass or buried in the deep muck of the Everglades in Florida are the mysterious wrecks of numerous aircraft. Some were drug planes that fled federal agents, others were private aircraft that ran into trouble or vintage warplanes that crashed during exercises. No one knows for sure how many remain out there. Estimates range [...]

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USAF Hands Over Baltic Policing Duties

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Three NATO nations assumed control on Thursday of a strengthened Baltic air policing mission from the U.S. Air Force amid the worsening crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Separately, Canada is sending six interceptors to Romania as a sign of allied solidarity with its east European members bordering Ukraine and Russia. Poland, Britain and Denmark are providing a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

1919 – First flight of the Avro Baby, a British single-seat light sporting biplane. 1957 – Birth of Duane Gene “Digger” Carey, a U.S. Air Force strike, fighter and test pilot and former NASA astronaut. 1969 – The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerose of Norway, makes her first scheduled flight as a first officer for Scandinavian [...]

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Russia Begins Baltic Border Helicopter Flights

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

A newly formed Russian army helicopter brigade has begun training flights in the northwest of the country near the borders with the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, a spokesman for the Western Military District said Wednesday. “Helicopters of the army aviation brigade of the Western Military District, based in the Pskov region, have begun [...]

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Flying the RAF Typhoon Fighter

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

The Royal Air Force’s Typhoons, otherwise known as the Eurofighter EF2000, is one of the most capable high performance fighter aircraft in the world. Although it lacks the stealth design features of cutting-edge “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft, it makes up for it in blistering performance and handling, a near seamless man-machine interface, and a defensive countermeasures [...]

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Vulcan, C-17, Voyager to Appear at Cosford

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and Airbus Voyager planes are currently in operation from RAF Brize Norton and will be coming to RAF Cosford for the first time on June 8. Air show organizers also confirmed that Avro Vulcan XH558 would be returning for the second year in a row. The Vulcan is the only aircraft of its [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory when he downs a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1932 – Birth of Dmitri Alekseyevich Zayikin, Soviet fighter pilot, Cosmonaut, instructor and lead engineer at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. 1959 – Death of Harold Blackburn, British [...]

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RAF Typhoons Support Baltic Police Mission

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

Four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from the Royal Air Force’s 3 Squadron touched down at Siauliai air base in Lithuania on 28 April, to support Poland’s provision of quick reaction alert cover for the Baltic states from May 1. The deployment, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, marks the first time the UK has committed Typhoons to the NATO Baltic air policing mission. This [...]

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