RAF Squadron to Keep Reapers

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

The British government today confirmed that RAF Waddington’s elite 13 Squadron will remain the spearhead of armed Reaper drones for the foreseeable future. The Lincolnshire base began controlling armed drones over Afghanistan from an operational theatre at RAF Waddington earlier this year. But activists insist the shift from a US base was a major switch in [...]

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USAF Celebrates 20 Years of C-17

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

By The Associated Press The U.S. Air Force is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, its workhorse transport aircraft. A ceremony scheduled for Wednesday is being held at Joint Base Charleston’s Air Base in South Carolina. Air Force spokesman Staff Sgt. William O’Brien says Col. Darren Hartford, the commander of the 437th [...]

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Latest Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

The first female commercial jet airline captain and a fighter pilot turned astronaut in Gemini and Apollo space missions are among six aerospace pioneers who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, next year. Ron Kaplan, the hall’s enshrinement director, said Tuesday the number of inductees in the class [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Karl Emil Schäfer, German World War I fighter ace. 1903 – The Wright brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, N.C.;  after years of dedicated research and development, Orville and Wilbur Wright fly 120 feet in the first practical airplane and on their fourth flight they manage 850 feet. 1941 – A Yokosuka E14Y floatplane (Allied reporting name “Glen”) [...]

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RAF Squadron to Relocate, Rearm

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

One of the Royal Air Force’s oldest squadrons is set to leave its home on the Marham base in 2015 to be relocated with Scotland’s Typhoon jets. The historic Number II squadron last year celebrated 100 years of service and is now to be re-equipped with the latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets, which will replace the [...]

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Russia Receives Final Group of Su-34s

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

A batch of Su-34 fighter jets was delivered to Russia’s military Monday in the final consignment under a 2008 deal with the Defense Ministry for Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers. The aircraft, also known by the NATO codename Fullback, were handed over at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, which is part [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets [...]

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‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a [...]

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