Army Kiowas Find New Lease on Life

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa One of the U.S. Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades, the Bell OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1910 – French Maurice Tabuteau performs a closed-circuit record of 289 miles in a Maurice Farman biplane, ending the supremacy of the Wright biplanes. 1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (both prototypes shown), an American “tri-jet” ground attack aircraft. [...]

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Photo Essay: U.S. Navy Days on Iceland

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by Will Tate via Warbirds News I joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 while still in high school. I had been dreaming of flying in the Navy since I was very young. Growing up roughly a mile from Naval Air Station Atlanta, I was able to ride my bicycle down to the [...]

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Prowlers Ship Out on Final Deployment

Oct 27, 2014 No Comments

A carrier with Boeing EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is en route to assist with air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The USS Carl Vinson strike group, which includes Electronic Attack Squadron 139, replaces the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group, deployed since Feb. 15, according [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 24, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Rex Buren Beisel (shown), American aeronautical engineer who lated led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, the Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines. 1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance [...]

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Beechraft T-6Cs May Train British Pilots

Oct 24, 2014 No Comments

The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations. Ascent, the Lockheed Martin-Babcock partnership responsible for the UK military flying training systems (UKMFTS) program, has selected the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Heinrich Kostrba, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he later becomes the first Austro-Hungarian pilot to score three victories in a single day. He also later founds and leads the Czechoslovakian Flying Corps after the war. 1909 – The first time an airplane is seen to fly in reverse takes place [...]

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Embraer Rolls Out KC-390 Prototype

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments

Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport in Brazil on Tuesday. The twin-engined jet is a joint project of the Brazilian Air Force with Embraer to develop and produce a tactical military transport and aerial refueling airplane. “This significant milestone of the KC-390 Program demonstrates Embraer´s ability to manage such a complex [...]

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