Six ‘Red Tails’ Reuniting in N.Y.

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

Elmira, N.Y.-area residents next month will have a rare chance to meet a group of World War II heroes whose exploits were out of the public view for more than a generation. Six of the original Tuskegee Airmen are confirmed as guests at a reunion May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats. The Tuskegee Airmen [...]

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Fast Facts: C-130J Super Hercules

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

Perhaps one of the most familiar series’ of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations. Additionally, the versatile aircraft has seen service in firefighting efforts as well as search and rescue missions, and the flexible craft [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace. 1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load. 1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.” 1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles [...]

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No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business. The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum [...]

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Army May Operate Apaches on Navy Ships

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle. Operating from ships at sea “seems to be a growth capability, and we do sense [...]

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Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

After a few years of weather challenging even the most ardent pilots, the volunteers and attendees for this year’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Florida were treated to perfectly sunny skies and reasonable temps. By mid-week it was clear that attendee and airplane numbers were up significantly, and a weekend appearance by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a [...]

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A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at [...]

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