Win a Free Subscription to Flight Journal

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

Who needs a lottery? Post your top three aviation news events of 2013 on our Facebook page and you could win a free one-year subscription to Flight Journal (including the digital edition)! Since it’s the season of giving, we’ll declare two winners! Just list your submissions under the contest post at Facebook.com/FlightJournal by Dec. 24…the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

1852 – Birth of David Schwarz, Croatian aviation pioneer; he later created the first flyable rigid airship, which was also the first airship with an external hull made entirely of metal. 1928 – Hubert Wilkins and  Carl Eielson takes off from Deception Island with a Lockheed Vega for a 10-hour flight and flies over Graham [...]

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USAF C-17 Reaches Flying Milestone

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tom Brading, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The first C-17 Globemaster III to join the Air Force fleet, “The Spirit of Charleston,” reached new heights recently by logging more than 20,000 flight hours. This achievement marks the first C-17 to reach this milestone, and to honor the [...]

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Evergreen Museum May Sell Vintage Planes

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

The world-class air museum developed by Evergreen International Aviation founder Del Smith may be in for some painful losses in the wake of the apparent collapse of Smith’s network of for-profit operations on the other side of Highway 18 in McMinnville, Ore. Though the museum’s land and buildings are owned and operated through the nonprofit Michael [...]

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Iranian Air Force Begins Exercises

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) started massive air drills over the county’s Southern waters on Friday. The two-day exercises are the main and second phase of large-scale drills codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV, Deputy IRIAF Commander Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor told reporters on Thursday. Units from all IRIAF bases are taking part in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa flew Japan’s first successful powered aircraft flight (a Farman Biplane) at Yoyogi Parade Ground where Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is now located. 1930 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first autogiro pilot to carry a passenger, flying a PCA-2 Pitcairn Autogyro and making several trips with various passengers until dark. 1942 – Birth [...]

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Brazil Picks Gripen Fighter

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

Brazil has selected the Saab Gripen E/F for the 36 aircraft F-X2 requirement to replace its air force’s older combat types. With an acquisition cost in the region of $4.5 billion, the Gripens will replace the Dassault Mirage 2000C fighters operated by the 1st Air Defence Group and a number of the modernised Northrop F-5EMs in four [...]

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Indian Fighter to Begin Final Testing

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

The world’s lightest and India-developed supersonic fighter Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is battle-ready for testing by Indian Air Force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays. “The home-grown aircraft is ready for flight tests by IAF pilots to assess its air prowess and [...]

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