Retired Navy Trainer Gets New Life

Nov 10, 2014 No Comments

Thousands of retired sailors have had second careers as teachers. Now a piece of military hardware is going to get the same chance. One of the U.S. Navy’s last two North American T-39 Sabreliner planes was loaded onto a truck Oct. 20 and carted off to be the centerpiece of a new civilian aviation maintenance [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 07, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Jesús Antonio Villamor, Filipino World War II fighter pilot and intelligence officer. 1942 – A U. S. Army Air Forces bomber discovers that Japanese forces are occupying Attu in the Aleutian Islands; American aircraft soon begin a bombing campaign against Attu. 1947 – Rhulin Albert Thomas complete the first solo coast-to-coast flight [...]

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Two Die in Idaho ANG Apache Crash

Nov 07, 2014 No Comments

The Defense Department will investigate the crash of an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter during a training mission that killed both people aboard, a military spokesman says. National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano confirmed the deaths of the two male pilots but did not release any details on them pending notification of relatives. The Boeing Apache [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments

1900 – Birth of Pavel Fedorovich Zhigarev, commander of the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) and later chief marshal of aviation. 1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed). 1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, begins to depart Germany [...]

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First Female C-17 AC Commander Retires

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments

By U.S. Air Force Capt. Michaela Judge Photo by Sr. Airman Sandra Welch Just over two decades ago, a new chapter in aviation history was written on Charleston soil as the first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III made its official debut in the Air Force’s premier aeronautical inventory in June, 1993. Ushering in this solid airframe was [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bela Macourek, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace who flew post-war for the Red Corps. 1941 – The tail section of a Lockheed YP-38 Lightning (shown) separates in flight over Glendale, Calif., and crashes inverted on a house at 1147 Elm Street; Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden is killed, but the homeowner [...]

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USMC to Retire Harrier Fleet Early

Nov 04, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 03, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1926 – U.S Army Capt. Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled De Havilland DH4 during a night airmail flight, making this his fourth time he uses a parachute to save his life. 1945 – The Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying [...]

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