Indian Su-30MKI Engine Failures Continue

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, the most powerful and modern fighter jets in Indian Air Force’s stable, has been hit by mid-air engine failures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Parliament today that as many as 35 instances of engine failures were reported in 2013-14 – that’s nearly three a month. In all, there are 69 instances [...]

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Boeing Rolls Out First S.C.-Built 787-9

Mar 17, 2015 No Comments

Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to United Airlines. The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered. “In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we’re celebrating another significant milestone – our first [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 16, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Death of Llewelyn Crichton Davies, Welsh World War I flying ace, from injuries sustained after the crash of his Airco DH.4 three days earlier. 1937 – First flight of the Fokker G.I (replica shown), a Dutch twin-engined fighter comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the de Havilland [...]

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Airlander 10 Set for First Flight

Mar 16, 2015 No Comments

A massive, lightweight airship that is referred to as the “world’s largest aircraft” is getting ready to launch. The Airlander 10, which was developed by UK-based company Hybrid Air Vehicles will hopefully be hitting the skies sometime later this year In February, the International Business Times reported the airship was undergoing engine tests, and the company [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1922 – Portuguese pilots Capt. Gago Coutinho and Capt. Sacadura Cabral leave Lisbon to attempt the first crossing of the South Atlantic by air. 1977 – Death of Gerhard Bassenge, German World War I flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer. 1992 – Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the [...]

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Italy Completes First Foreign-Built F-35

Mar 13, 2015 No Comments

The first joint strike fighter assembled outside the U.S. rolled off an assembly line in Italy on Thursday, Lockheed Martin said in a statement. The aircraft, designated AL-1, was the first of eight aircraft being assembled at the final assembly and check out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. AL-1 is due [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 12, 2015 No Comments

1914 – First flight of the Curtiss Model J (shown), an American biplane prototype that became the basis for the Curtiss Jenny series. 1918 – John Stanley Chick, Welsh World War I fighter ace, and his observer, Percy Douglas, drive down out of control a German observation plane and a quartet of Fokker Dr.I fighters on a single [...]

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‘Race 25′ Mustang Back in the Air

Mar 11, 2015 No Comments

Coming out of a four-year restoration at Airmotive Specialties, North American P-51D Mustang S/N 44-73704 took to the skies on Tuesday in Salinas, Calif. Under the controls of Elliott Cross, the P-51 darted skyward at about 11:45 for a 15-min. flight. The Mustang has quite the storied past. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces shortly [...]

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