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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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

1918 – Birth of Walker Melville “Bud” Mahurin, American World War II and Korean war fighter ace; he becomes the only U.S. Air Force pilot to score in both the European and Pacific Theaters and the Korean War. 1931 – Death of Lowell R. Bayles, American air racer, killed  in the crash of his Gee [...]

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K.C. Air Show to Return in 2015

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

Mark your calendars for Aug. 22 and 23, 2015. That’s when the Kansas City Air Show returns to Wheeler Downtown Airport after a three-year absence. The show will be headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and will include other military and civilian performers and ground displays. The Mid-America Youth Aviation Association will organize [...]

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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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