The 747 at 45; Will It Reach 50?

Feb 10, 2014 No Comments

Over the next few days the world of aviation will meet in Singapore at the Changi exhibition center adjacent to the city’s international airport. For decades the airport has been dominated by the Boeing 747. It has been the intermediate stop for the kangaroo route and Singapore Airlines once was one of its most prominent [...]

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Kamikaze Aircraft to Be Displayed

Feb 10, 2014 No Comments

A rare surviving Kamikaze aircraft seized by the British at the end of World War II is to go on display for the first time. The aircraft, which would have been flown by a Japanese pilot on a suicide mission, was one of just four brought back to Britain from the Far East to display [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 07, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Arthur Coadou, French World War I flying ace, who also served in World War II. 1928 – Bert Hinkler leaves Croydon in an Avro Avian, attempting the first solo flight from England to Australia; he will arrive in Darwin on Feb. 22. 1937 – The prototype Blackburn B-24 Skua fighter-dive bomber (Mk.II version shown) makes its maiden flight, piloted by “Dasher” Blake at Brough, Yorkshire; it [...]

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‘FIFI,’ Friends to Visit Pensacola

Feb 07, 2014 No Comments

Residents of Pensacola, Fla., will witness a rare sight next week when the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” — the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world — lands at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport accompanied by the true combat veteran North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” [...]

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Marine Corps Museum Gets Prowler

Feb 07, 2014 No Comments

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum added a new aircraft to its historical ranks Feb. 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Museum personnel welcomed a Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, the newest addition to the museum’s aircraft display. The aircraft originated from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. “This [...]

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Smithsonian Displays Stits ‘Sky Baby’

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., recently got an addition to its immense collection in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Unlike some of the massive airplanes on display there, such as the Space Shuttle, SR-71 and Concorde, this new member of the Smithsonian [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Arthur Clunie “Snowy” Randall, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1915 – First flight of the Sikorsky S-16 (non-flying replica shown), a Russian two-seat, biplane fighter. 1916 – Aircraft from the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet seaplane carriers sink the Ottoman collier Irmingard, the largest ship sunk by air attack in [...]

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F-35C Due to Start Carrier Tests

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

The naval version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is due to start flight tests on an aircraft carrier at sea in October after Lockheed Martin Corp. said it had fixed the tailhook used to arrest the plane’s landing on a ship’s deck. Lockheed was forced to redesign the tailhook, and said Wednesday that the [...]

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