Turkey Downs Russian Su-24 Fencer

Nov 24, 2015 No Comments

NATO faced being thrust into a new Middle Eastern crisis on Tuesday after warplanes from member state Turkey shot down a Russian jet that Turkish officials said had violated their country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The incident marked a serious escalation in the Syrian conflict that is likely to further strain relations between [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2015 No Comments

1916 – The Uruguayan Escuela Militar de Aeoronautica is founded. 1917 – Death of Edward Patrick Hartigan, Irish World War I flying ace, and his observer, David Sidney Hall, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in their Airco DH.4. 1945 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Pacusan Dreamboat” sets a world nonstop distance [...]

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USAF Debuts New Sentry

Nov 20, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force has sent its newly upgraded Boeing E-3G Sentry into harm’s way for the first time on a deployment to Southwest Asia, where it will presumably be supporting the increasingly cluttered air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The deployment that began Nov. 18 marks the Boeing Block 40/45 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 19, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Alessandro Resch, Italian World War I flying ace and airliner pilot. 1919 – Death of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace, volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1940 – The formation of the Air [...]

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Marine Osprey Set Distance Record

Nov 18, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps set a new distance record for Bell Boeing Osprey flights on Tuesday as three MV-22Bs traveled from California to Brazil. Flight crews from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 flew 6,165 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Rio de Janeiro. The Marines made the journey as part of UNITAS Amphibious 2015, a nine-day multinational maritime exercise that runs through Nov. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 13, 2015 No Comments

1931 – Birth of John A. Manke, NASA test pilot who flew 42 lifting body rocketplane missions. 1940 – The Handley Page Halifax, a British four-engined heavy bomber, enters service with the Royal Air Force’s No. 35 Squadron. 1947 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52 (shown), a British all-metal turbojet-powered flying wing. 1985 – Death of Alexander Ivanovich [...]

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Cobalt Brings Back the Canard

Nov 12, 2015 No Comments

There’s a new black bird on the horizon. This is the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie, a new five-seat canard-style aircraft for the refined aviating millionaire. The single-engine piston airplane will top out at 300 miles per hour thanks to its 350 horsepower, with a range of 1,050 1,200 miles. Cobalt officially unveiled the Valkyrie in San Francisco. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 10, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Constant Emmanuel Plessis, French World War I flying ace. 1917 – Death of Mortimer Sackville West, British World War I flying ace, killed in a flying accident. 1935 – United Airlines Flight 227, a Boeing 727, crashes short of the runway while attempting a scheduled landing at Salt Lake City International [...]

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