Four Airlines Set to Get Airbus A380s

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

As more airlines are bidding farewell to the last Boeing 747 in their fleet and opt for the airframe’s 777-300ER or the competing Airbus A380 as their flagship product instead, this year will see four more airlines welcoming their first superjumbo. The A380 provides 50 percent more floor space compared with the 747, but airlines [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Marie Marvingt, French athlete, mountaineer, and aviator, and the most decorated woman in the history of France; among other firsts, she is the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot during World War I. 1939 – First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner [...]

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Scorpion Continues Test Flights

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

The Scorpion intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-strike aircraft from Textron AirLand, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises, has completed additional test flights. Several hundred hours of additional flight tests are planned in 2014, with each flight targeting specific objectives pushing the aircraft’s airspeed, altitude, and performance envelope. “Overall, we’ve had very positive results [...]

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Passenger DC-10s: A Look Back

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

Starting Friday, the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 will start its farewell tour as the last passenger DC-10. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly to Birmingham, UK, by way of Kuwait and then offer scenic tours before it is finally ferried to a final “resting” location in the U.S. AirlineReporter.com’s Bernie Leighton will be covering these events from Bangladesh [...]

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Typhoons Fare Well at Red Flag

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by Flightglobal The Royal Air Force has debuted its latest standard of the Eurofighter Typhoon at a Red Flag-series exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Flown by 6 Squadron pilots from RAF Leuchars in Scotland, the Tranche 2-standard aircraft, plus support personnel from the unit and the RAF’s 1 Squadron, took part in the Red Flag 14-1 exercise that began late [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Cecil Frederick King, British World War I fighter ace. 1917 – The first recorded casualty evacuation flight is carried out by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) when a wounded trooper of the Imperial Camel Corps is flown from Bir-el-Hassana in the Sinai Desert to an airfield; a three-day journey by land, the [...]

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Original Hawker Typhoon to Visit Canada

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

The world’s last complete and original Hawker Typhoon will be on display in Ottawa in time for D-Day. The Second World War aircraft will be on loan to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and while it’s not in flying condition visitors will get a close look at it indoors. This aircraft, a Mark IB MN235, [...]

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Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Honored

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Feb. 19, 1942: the day war came to Australian soil; the day a nation was forever altered. On that day, 72 years ago, 188 Japanese planes bombed Darwin in two air raids, drawing the top end of Australia into World War II for more than two years in a fight that has remained a “secret [...]

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