On This Day in Aviation History

May 16, 2014 No Comments

1918 – The Imperial German Navy recommissions the light cruiser Stuttgart after her conversion into a seaplane carrier; she is the only German seagoing aviation ship capable of working with the fleet commissioned during either world war. 1923 – Birth of Lars Paul Erich Hattinen, Finnish World War II flying ace and airline pilot. 1957 – [...]

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Ukraine Under Fire for UN-Painted Mi-24s

May 16, 2014 No Comments

The United Nations expressed concern Wednesday over footage purporting to show Ukrainian troops using a helicopter painted with the organization’s colors and insignia. Russian news website Life News reported that three U.N.-painted Mil Mi-24 combat helicopters and one Mi-8 transport helicopter had been spotted assisting government troops in eastern Ukraine. The footage could not be independently [...]

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C-47 ‘Whiskey 7′ Heads Back to the Beach

May 16, 2014 No Comments

The plane has no fixed seats, no flight attendants, no in-flight movie and no bathroom. It is not heated, insulated or pressurized. And on its last tour over France, somebody tried to shoot it down. But on Thursday, a septuagenarian war horse known as “Whiskey 7″ will take off from a grass airstrip in central [...]

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F-35B Makes East Coast Debuts at Show

May 16, 2014 No Comments

It’s no secret. The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the future of Marine Corps aviation. That future will be revealed for the first time to the public at this weekend’s Cherry Point Air Show in North Carolina. The fifth-generation fighter jet is scheduled for its first public flight on the East [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Josef Carl Peter Jacobs, fourth German World War I fighter ace and postwar aircraft manufacturer. 1918 – Regular airmail service in the U.S., between New York and Washington, D.C., begins; the first flight is made by U.S. Army Lt. Geoffrey Boyle in a Curtiss JN-4H. 1943 – First flight of the [...]

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USAF MC-12Ws Aid in Nigerian Search

May 15, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force is flying surveillance missions over northern Nigeria using MC-12W twin turboprops from Project Liberty. The flights are trying to locate more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. They throw some light on a relatively unknown fleet of ISR aircraft that is currently “owned” by Air Combat Command, but likely to move [...]

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USAF Begins Icelandic Air Policing

May 15, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Airmen will begin Icelandic Air Policing operations at Keflavik International Airport, Iceland, May 16, which will continue until June 5. “We are excited to be back in Iceland again for Icelandic Air Policing,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy Renegar, 48th Air Expeditionary Group commander. “While our primary mission is to ensure the [...]

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WWII Bomber Crew Fight Feds Over Date

May 15, 2014 No Comments

Limping home from a World War II bombing mission on a stormy night, a U.S. B-24J Liberator slammed into the rocky flank of a remote mountain in southern China. The bomber and its 10 crew members plummeted into the ravine below. What happened to them remained a mystery until 1996, when Chinese farmers hunting medicinal [...]

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