Aviation Insider: The Future of Helicopters

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

Technology and Imagination Reign Supreme By Sergei I. Sikorsky The following comments on the future of the helicopter are personal opinions and are to be valued as such. The writer reserves the right to change them, if needed. Some time ago, the great Yogi Berra said, “Predictions are very tricky, especially if they’re about the [...]

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Valiant Air Command to Get F-16

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

Valiant Air Command in Titusville, Fla., has added another military aircraft to its displays. And this one is a lot newer than the vintage aircraft it joins. A General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon has arrived and is being reassembled at the Warbird Museum. “It will be a great attraction for our customers because the only times we’ve [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Stephen Potter, U.S. Navy officer and early naval aviator; he would become the first American naval aviator to shoot down a German plane. 1937 – Pan American World Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boat “Samoan Clipper” inaugurates the first air mail and freight service between the U.S. and New Zealand. 1948 – [...]

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Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

Wichita workers on Textron AirLand’s secret multi-mission tactical military jet, the Scorpion, never called the project by its real name until it became public in September. And they rarely used its code name – SCV12-1. “It was too much of a tongue twister,” said Dale Tutt, the Scorpion’s chief engineer. “Most of the time we just [...]

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Condor Squadron Keeps ‘Em Flying

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

On the west side of California’s Van Nuys Airport, it’s like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the [...]

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Museum Restoring Soviet Cargo Plane

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

Right now, it’s not much more than a metal hulk covered in faded gray paint, but a Cold War-era Soviet cargo aircraft soon will take its place beside similar, American-built planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The Antonov AN-2 “Colt” was delivered the museum’s restoration hangar on [...]

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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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