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Planes of Fame Air Show 2019

Planes of Fame Air Show 2019

Experience the excitement of one of America’s top Air Shows! Planes of Fame Air Museum is presenting the Planes of Fame Air Show on May 4-5, 2019. Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the airshow with Feature over 50 historic aircraft, including the P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. The […]
Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

When the 100th F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was delivered, it was a “big deal for the Air Force,” said chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh is the most visible face and the strongest voice supporting the F-35. A respected fighter pilot, Welsh is trying to steer his service at a time when […]

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The A-10 Has No Warts

The A-10 Has No Warts

The A-10 isn’t an airplane. It’s a terrifyingly effective ball peen hammer designed from the onset to do one job and one job only: support the guys on the ground. At the beginning that meant it was to blunt the tank attacks cold war planners knew the Russians would send rolling across Europe in waves. […]
Learning to Fly at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Learning to Fly at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Article from Warbird Tails: In aviation circles, there are a number of airfields and collections around the world that capture the imagination and become almost mythical as part of aviation folklore. Old Rhinebeck is most certainly amongst those legends, especially for those with an interest in those early years of aviation right through until the […]

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April 18: On this Day in Aviation History!

April 18: On this Day in Aviation History!

1942: Task Force 16, under the command of Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., U.S. Navy, approached the Japanese islands on a daring top secret joint Army-Navy attack. Planning for the attack began in January 1942 under orders from Admiral Earnest J. King, Commander-in-Chief United States Fleet. Captain Donald B. Duncan, U.S. Navy, was responsible […]
SE-5a: A Fokker’s Worst Nightmare

SE-5a: A Fokker’s Worst Nightmare

by Budd Davisson When World War One broke out in 1914, the airplane was barely eleven years old and was nothing more than a plodding, noisy kite barely more dangerous than an observation balloon. As a weapon, it was difficult to take seriously. Four short years later it had been transformed into a multi-dimensional weapon […]

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Gallery: de Havilland  DH84 Dragon

Gallery: de Havilland DH84 Dragon

Many British and Commonwealth air routes were established by airlines using de Havilland’s 6-passenger seat, twin-engine biplane, the DH84 Dragon. The Dragon’s first flight (November 1932) pre-dated the better-known DH89 Dragon Rapide (or Dominie in military service) by two years, although both aircraft made their maiden flights at the DH airfield of Stag Lane in […]
April 15, On this Day

April 15, On this Day

Today in 2012: The Space Shuttle Discovery was mated to the top of NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in the mate/demate device at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SCA would soon fly Discovery to Washington Dulles International Airport for transfer to the Museum and display at our Udvar-Hazy Center.

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Up Close: Hurricane Hawker

Up Close: Hurricane Hawker

The Overlooked Warrior by Barrett Tillman Nearly 20 years after WW I, the RAF still flew biplane fighters. Consequently, the Hawker Hurricane made its mark as Britain’s first monoplane fighter, heralding a new era in military aviation. Designed by Sir Sydney Camm and first flown in late 1935, the Hurricane featured a thick airfoil that […]
World’s Largest All Composite Aircraft Takes off

World’s Largest All Composite Aircraft Takes off

MOJAVE, CA – April 13, 2019 – Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As […]
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