F-35 Flies First Training Sortie at Luke AFB

May 13, 2014 No Comments

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took to the sky over Arizona’s West Valley, May 5, in what was the first local training sortie for the fifth-generation fighter jet. The jet is currently the only F-35 at Luke Air Force Base  with additional jets expected to arrive within the next few weeks. “The ability to conduct local [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 12, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Tenente Silvio Scaroni, Italian World War I fighter pilot credited with 26 victories; he was the second ranking Italian ace of the war. 1940 – The Royal Air Force bombs Germany for the first time. 1967 – First flight of the Aermacchi AM.3 (shown), Italian single-engine observation aircraft; it was initially designated the MB-335. 1983 – Death of [...]

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Water Bomber Relieves Oklahoma

May 12, 2014 No Comments

Local, state and federal resources were all needed to get last week’s Oklahoma wildfires under control. One federal resource was used here for the very first time. It’s a large amphibious air tanker nicknamed the Super Scooper. The Super Scooper, also known as the Bombardier 415, was the saving grace for fire crews in Guthrie. [...]

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Naval Aviation Museum Gets Hawkeye

May 12, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. National Naval Aviation Museum has a new plane. A Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye arrived at NAS Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle on Saturday morning. It comes from the USS Enterprise. The radar rotodome on top helps the crew identify threats, perform surveillance, and guide search and rescue teams. The plane could also be [...]

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Holloman AFB Hosts Air Show

May 12, 2014 No Comments

Roaring through the New Mexico sky at incredible speeds military aircraft preformed aerobatic stunts during Holloman Air Force Base’s Legacy of Freedom air show and open house event. On Saturday, Team Holloman hosted an open house and air show for citizens of the Tularosa Basin. U.S. Air Force 49th Wing Commander Col. Andrew Croft said the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 09, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Adrian James Boswell Tonks, British World War I flying ace. 1941 – Flying via Vichy French-controlled Syria, aircraft of the German Luftwaffe begin to arrive at Mosul, Iraq, to support Iraqi forces against the British under the command of Fliegerführer Irak. 1945 – Sighting a Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45 fighter flying high over Okinawa, U. S. Marine Corps First Lt. Robert R. [...]

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Free Online Drawing: Douglas A-20 Havoc

May 09, 2014 No Comments

The A-20 has always been overshadowed by her better known brothers, the B-25 and B-26. Although nearly 7,500 were built and they were used by the USAAF, the Russians and the RAF in the attack and light bomber roles, she just never got her share of glory. Still, on June 6, 1944, there she was, [...]

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South Africa ‘Best Air Show’ Returns

May 09, 2014 No Comments

“South Africa’s Best Air Show” returns to Zwartkop in Pretoria on Saturday. Join 30 000 airheads, families and friends and experience more than 100 different types of historic aircraft up-close, as they take to the sky at the Paramount Group South African Air Force Museum Air Show. Teaming up with Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned [...]

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