Cayuse Warrior Enters Afghan Combat

Aug 11, 2015 No Comments

The Afghan Air Force’s MD-530F Cayuse Warrior scout-attack helicopter has been used in combat for the first time, helping security forces clear insurgents from three rural districts south of Jalalabad. Armed with .50-caliber machine guns and ballistic armor protection, the helicopters operated alongside the Afghan Air Force’s Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters based at Kabul as part of Operation Iron [...]

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Colorado Museum Receives Pair of MiGs

Aug 09, 2015 No Comments

Warplanes that once targeted U.S. soldiers are now part of a collection at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 and MiG-17 are the first enemy aircraft at the museum. The Russian planes were used during the Vietnam and Korean wars. Volunteers at the museum said it took three years to bring in the planes and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 07, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Joseph Frantz, French World War I pilot and the first pilot to shoot down an airplane in a dogfight. 1951 – William “Bill” Bridgeman sets a new airspeed record in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (shown) of Mach 1.88 (1,245 mph). 1963 – First flight of the Lockheed YF-12, American prototype interceptor; [...]

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More Chinooks Headed to Spec Ops

Aug 07, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Army is looking to renew production of the Boeing MH-47G Chinook special mission helicopter in an upgraded Block 2 configuration, it disclosed on 3 August. With production of the final eight Block 1 MH-47Gs set to be complete by the end of the year, the US Army Aviation Integration Directorate is proposing the [...]

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Illinois Aviation Museum Closing

Aug 06, 2015 No Comments

After a long struggle and many years of valiant effort in preserving American aviation history, the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum in Rantoul, Ill., is sadly set to close at the end of this year due to lack of funds. Now comes the hardest part; deciding what to do with the fleet of thirty or so aircraft currently under their [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 05, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Helmut Paul Emil Wick, German World War II fighter ace. 1936 – Chicago and Southern Air Lines Flight 4, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, crashes after takeoff from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport due to pilot error, killing all eight aboard. 1936 – Five Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 bombers are among aircraft covering a convoy of merchant [...]

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UK to Extend Tornado Service Life

Aug 04, 2015 No Comments

The British government has reprieved a squadron of Panavia Tornado GR4 strike jets from being axed in order to maintain its operations against Islamic State group targets in Iraq. The announcement that 12 (Bomber) Squadron will be kept flying for a further year was made by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon during a visit to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 04, 2015 No Comments

1891 – Birth of William Joseph Baynes Nel, South African World War I flying ace. 1943 – German submarine U-489 is sunk by a Short Sunderland flying boat of 420 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, southeast of Iceland. The Sunderland also is shot down and five of the 11-man crew are killed. 1973 – The first [...]

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