Modernized Il-76 Completes Flight Tests

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

Russia’s newest military transport aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, has completed an initial flight-test program and has now returned to its maker Aviastar SP for subsequent modifications. Conducted by the Ilyushin design bureau and the nation’s defence ministry at the Zhukovsky flight research centre near Moscow, the early-stage evaluations consisted of 38 flights. These focused in particular on the aircraft’s flight [...]

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Klatt to Fly Jet-Powered Waco in ’14

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

It looks a little bit like something we might have dreamed up and Photoshopped for the April 1 edition, but no, that’s really a Taperwing Waco with a jet engine bolted to its belly. The “Screamin’ Sasquatch” was unveiled Monday night at the International Council of Air Shows in Las Vegas, giving air show industry [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Englishman John Moore-Brabazon makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France; he is later issued the first British pilot’s license. 1912 – Birth of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, U.S. Marine Corps World War II fighter ace. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first seaplane unit. 1944 – First flight of [...]

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76-Year-Old Keeps Flying the Mail

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Everyone knows the U.S. Postal Service is in trouble. Indeed, the USPS had a total of 787,538 workers back in 2000. Yet as of the last official count in 2010, the figure dropped to 583,908. Amid all the reductions and reorganizations, however, 76-year-old Ray Arnold soldiers on as the last wilderness air-mail courier delivering mail in the [...]

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World’s Longest A380 Flight Begins

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Emirates has launched the world’s longest Airbus A380 non-stop service, flying the double decker plane from Dubai to Los Angeles. The daily flight crosses the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada and takes 16 hours and 20 minutes. The 8,335-mile flight is part of Emirates’ move to boost its ultra-long range flying and to [...]

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CNET Tours the Pacific Aviation Museum

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Spread across two hangars and some open tarmac on Hawaii’s Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, is the Pacific Aviation Museum. This collection of World War II and newer aircraft is a must-see for any airplane buff headed to Honolulu. From a Japanese Zero to a B-25, an F-5 to an F-104, there are [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alan Jerrard, British World War I flying ace who served in North Russia during the Russian civil war. 1945 – The first purely jet-powered airplane to operate from an aircraft carrier is a de Havilland Sea Vampire piloted by Royal Navy Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown from HMS Ocean (shown). 1972 [...]

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Stallion 51 to Host Aviation Photo Workshop

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

Stallion 51, an aviation services company perhaps best known for its North American P-51 Mustangs, is partnering with 3G Aviation Media to offer an aviation photography workshop January 24-26, 2014, at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Florida. 3G will be instructing photographers on how best to plan their shoot, emphasizing the importance of communication and pre-planning. [...]

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