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Pacific Ocean (October 28, 2004) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the ÒMaraudersÓ of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two (VFA-82), lowers its tail hook in preparation for landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Perry Solomon (RELEASED)

On Upgrading Super Hornets

With the U.S. Navy using its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets more rigorously than initially expected, Boeing has started preliminary assessments of what is needed to overhaul the aircraft, increase its combat life and keep it relevant much later into this century. That work—along with the accompanying need for more parts and future additional domestic as well as international F-18 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Cecil Guelph Brock, Canadian World War I flying ace who participated at the dogfight which conducted to Manfred Von Richtofen’s death. 1941 – Nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious score a torpedo hit on the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, aggravating damage she had sustained […]

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F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

F-35s Make First Eastern Crossing of Atlantic

As people across the Netherlands viewed in person and on TV, the nation’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs touch down for the first time at Leeuwarden Air Base May 23 – a date that will live forever in Netherlands military history. Pilots Col. Bert “Vidal” de Smit and Maj. Pascal “Smiley” Smaal conducted a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane. 1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter. 1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, […]

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‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday deemed the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate. The airworthiness certificate is the most notable milestone yet for the team working to restore the historic B-29. It also comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving […]
Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Twenty Years of Flight Journal

Publisher Louis DeFrancesco sat across the table from my wife, Marlene, and me on the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Biltmore section of Phoenix and said, “We want to start a new magazine—only rather than being a hobby magazine, like our Model Airplane News, we want it to be on full-scale aircraft. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Ruth Blaney Alexander, U.S. female pioneer aviator. 1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant (shown), British four-engined jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V bomber nuclear force; it is originally developed for high-level strategic missions. 1967 – A prototype Dassault Mirage F1, French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft, crashes due to […]
‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

“Spirit of Artemis,” a Boeing Stearman biplane piloted by Tracy Curtis-Taylor, who was using the airplane to retrace old airmail routes across the United States, crashed in Arizona last week. Fortunately, Curtis-Taylor and her passenger, Ewald Gritsch, both walked away from the accident, but the airplane is in need of major repair. In her own […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Hans Grade, German aviation pioneer. 1920 – KLM and Aircraft Transport & Travel begin joint air service between London and Amsterdam. 1923 – Death of Thomas Scott Baldwin, U. S. Army major and pioneer balloonist. He was the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute. 1928 – First flight of the Vickers Vellore, British large biplane prototype designed as a […]
Travel Air A-6000A: Back from  the Aerial Dead

Travel Air A-6000A: Back from the Aerial Dead

Looking back at the Travel Air Manufacturing Company of the late 1920s from this end of history’s telescope, it looks like an aviation dream team. Of course, at the time, there was no way to know that each of the company’s founders, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman would go on to become aviation […]
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