Photo Essay: MV-22 Flight

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

I had a once in my lifetime opportunity to fly in an MV-22 at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bell Boeing obviously had the Osprey at this show to further interest among foreign governments. One of the end slides in the briefing concluded with ‘Ready for Export!’ Only a few of the cranial [...]

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A Little Airport Story

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

Floods, fires and family crises — Harvey Field has survived them all. In 1990, then-10-year-old Preston Harvey stood on the second floor of Snohomish Flying Service and watched the water rise just a few hundred feet away. The Snohomish River had already spilled over its banks, and the waters now threatened the last barrier to the airport, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Anthony W. “Tony” LeVier (shown), American air racer and test pilot for the Lockheed Corp. 1928 – First flight of the Short S.8 Calcutta, a British three-engine flying boat; it is the first airliner with a full kitchen. 1943 – The Vought F4U Corsair fighter makes its operational debut from the [...]

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Thai Army Gets New Helicopters

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

By Craig Hoyle, Flightglobal.com AgustaWestland has delivered a pair of AW139 utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army, just over one year after securing the deal. Pictured also carrying a pre-delivery Italian registration, aircraft 31525 was accompanied by another, which Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records as being tail number 31520. Bangkok ordered the two AW139s in October 2012, [...]

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Kuwait Receives Its First C-17

Feb 13, 2014 No Comments

Boeing today delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. “With this airlifter [...]

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Bell Delivers Last Converted AH-1W Cobra

Feb 13, 2014 No Comments

By David Bell, AINonline This week Bell redelivered the 37th and last AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra light attack helicopter to be remanufactured to the new AH-1Z Viper, or “Zulu” configuration. From now on, all AH-1Z production will be completely new-build aircraft. The U.S.Marine Corps has a program of record covering 189 AH-1Zs, and already has two squadrons converted from the AH-1W. A third [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1912 – Birth of Fusata Iida, Sino-Japanese and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1945 – Death of Kenji Kato, Japanese World War II flying ace. 1959 – The [...]

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RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

An Airbus A330 plummeted thousands of feet during a flight to Afghanistan while carrying 190 people. The Royal Air Force today said it would pause flights of military-registered Voyager planes following the incident on Sunday. The aircraft was on its way to Afghanistan but was forced to divert to an airfield in Turkey after some of the 180 [...]

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