India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, [...]

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Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris/Photos by John Dibbs/planepicture.com From World War II’s outbreak, through the “Finest Hour” of the Battle of Britain to ultimate victory in May 1945, one Allied fighter was there matching the enemy at every level on every front — the Supermarine Spitfire. One of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, until recently, flying [...]

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Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

40 Years and Still Lethal By Barrett Tillman    Photos by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.com Airpower advocates note that the U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is old and getting older. The F-15 Eagle was first flown in 1972 with squadron deliveries in 1976. The F-16 Fighting Falcon appeared on the tarmac two years later. So how does [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Jan Nagórski (Ivan Nagurski), Polish engineer and pioneer of aviation; he became the first person to fly an airplane in the Arctic and the first aviator to perform a loop with a flying boat. 1928 – The first rigid airship-to-aircraft carrier mooring is achieved when the U.S. Navy dirigible Los Angeles [...]

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P-40 Warhawk on Display in New Orleans

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

New Orleans will get a flavor of one of the most heralded episodes of World War II when a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, restored in the shark-nosed markings of the famed Flying Tigers, goes on display at the National World War II Museum. The aircraft, a P-40E model, is the kind flown by the 1st American [...]

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Swiss Demo Team Set for Air Tattoo

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

The Swiss Air Force has ensured the Red Arrows won’t be the only aerobatic display team celebrating an aviation landmark at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 11-13. It has announced plans to send their aerobatic display team, the Patrouille Suisse, in their 50th anniversary year, along with a Boeing [...]

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Kiwi DC-3 Makes Final Flight

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

One of the New Zealand’s last operational Douglas DC-3 aircraft has made its final flight across the Canterbury Plains. The Southern DC-3 Trust can no longer afford to maintain ZK-AMY, so the 70-year-old plane is retiring. For the past nine years Amy’s been taking passengers on scenic flights, but the trust that runs it says it’s [...]

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Vets Offered Free Rides on B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

The Yankee Air Museum (YAM)’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady,” based in Detroit, Mich., will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum on June 9-11. The museum partnership will honor World War II Veterans by offering free rides on the B-17 when a paid rider accompanies them. “All of us feel the [...]

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