Latest Version of Typhoon Debuts

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

The first Tranche 3 production example of the Eurofighter Typhoon performed its debut flight on Dec. 2 from BAE Systems’ Warton assembly site in Lancashire, UK. Flown by BAE test pilot Nat Makepeace, single-seat BS116 is one of 40 Tranche 3 aircraft that will be produced for the UK Royal Air Force, equipped with a series of enhancements [...]

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Special Ops Unit Gets Gray Eagle UAV

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

When E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) (Airborne), activated last month, it become just the fifth Gray Eagle company in the U.S. Army, and the first in special operations. Currently, each Special Forces group has an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platoon consisting of the AAI RQ-7 Shadow, designed to provide UAS support at [...]

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Pearl Harbor Warhawk Returning to U.S.

Dec 07, 2013 No Comments

An American fighter that’s one of the few remaining still-airworthy planes to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being donated to an organization that flies World War II aircraft at living-history events across the United States. Robert Collings, executive director of the Stow, Mass.-based Collings Foundation, said that the purchase of the Curtiss [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

1921 – Birth of George Frederick “Buzz” “Screwball” Beurling (shown), Canada’s most successful World War II fighter pilot; he will shoot down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over Malta and will eventually account for more than 30 kills. 1928 – North American Aviation Inc. is founded; it later produces the P-51 Mustang, the B-25 Mitchell [...]

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Pilot Finds Third Time Isn’t Charm

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

A pilot attempting to land a Boeing 777 airplane in Birmingham, England, on Thursday was forced to abort because of extremely high winds. The Emirates jet was trying to land at Birmingham Airport from Dubai. The video below shows the pilot’s first missed approach. He also missed the second and then diverted to London Gatwick. For the [...]

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U.S. Air Force Flying New Northrop Drone

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force is testing a new unmanned spy plane developed by Northrop Grumman that could be ready for military missions by 2015, Aviation Week magazine reported on Friday, citing defense and intelligence officials. Aviation Week said Northrop won the contract to build the drone, the RQ-180, after a competition that included Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, maker [...]

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Wildcat Delivered to San Diego Museum

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

One of the stars of the Battle of the Midway now has a home at that USS Midway Museum. A rare Grumman F4F Wildcat arrived at the downtown San Diego museum after several years spent in restoration at the hands of Midway volunteers. U.S. Navy pilots flying the Wildcat were pivotal in the June 1942 battle [...]

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Delta Names Jet for Seattle

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

  Delta Air Lines continued its aggreessive courtship of Seattle on Thursday, naming a jet for the Emerald City. The Atlanta-based airline dubbed a new Boeing 737-900ER the “Spirit of Seattle” at Boeing Field. Delta noted that merger partner Northwest Airlines started its Seattle service at Boeing Field on Dec. 3, 1933, flying a Waco JTO [...]

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