Military

Naval Aviator Returns to Underwater Site of 1974 Crash

Naval Aviator Returns to Underwater Site of 1974 Crash

Bob Besal went on a fishing trip this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. The 62-year-old retired rear admiral, who earned two Distinguished Flying Cross awards and spent a lifetime on the water and above it, didn’t catch any fish, but he did return with some memorable souvenirs. Twenty miles from shore and 80 […]
Two Die in Bandung Air Show Crash

Two Die in Bandung Air Show Crash

Two retired Air Force pilots died in a plane crash during the Bandung Air Show in Indonesia on Saturday. They are identified as Air Commodore (ret.) Norman T. Lubis and Lt. Col. (ret.) Toni Hartono. Both were members of Indonesian Aerosport Federation. Husein Sastranegara Air Base commander Col. Umar Sugeng said their AS 202 Bravo aircraft […]

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VMA-211 Bloodied, Not Beaten, by Afghan Attack

VMA-211 Bloodied, Not Beaten, by Afghan Attack

Two McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft appear to dot the gray sky, as ground crewmembers prepare for their arrival. The aircraft are more than 46 feet long and have a wingspan of 30 feet 4 inches. They roar through the Afghanistan sky, a symbol of U.S. Marine Corps air superiority. After a Sept. […]
Restored de Havilland Mosquito Flies Again

Restored de Havilland Mosquito Flies Again

More than 15 years following the crash of the world’s only airworthy example, another de Havilland Mosquito has returned to the air. Jerry Yagen’s KA114, a Canadian-built fighter-bomber variant, flew for the first time Thursday since it arrived in New Zealand. Restoration experts Avspecs Limited near Auckland rebuilt the twin-engined aircraft nicknamed the “Wooden Wonder” […]

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Military Trainer Crashes in Northern Serbia, Killing Pilot

Military Trainer Crashes in Northern Serbia, Killing Pilot

A Serbian military pilot died after his single-engined trainer crashed in a suburb northwest of Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, on Wednesday. Serbian Air Force and Air Defense Maj. Goran Savic, assigned to the military’s Technical Test Center, succumbed to injures sustained in the accident involving a Lasta 95, according to the Serbian defense ministry. The second pilot, […]
Double Ace, Two Crosses

Double Ace, Two Crosses

A glint of light in the sky above North Korea attracted the F-86 Sabre pilot’s attention, so he descended from 41,000 feet and saw four MiG-15s. But as then-Capt. Ralph S. Parr surveyed the rest of the sky, he realized he and his fellow pilots in Shark Flight actually were facing 16 enemy fighters. The […]

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Fagen Fighter Museum Grand Opening Set for Saturday

Fagen Fighter Museum Grand Opening Set for Saturday

A new museum featuring some well-known flying warbirds as well as several significant military vehicles holds its grand opening Saturday in Granite Falls, Minn. The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum will open its doors to the public at the Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field/Granite Falls Municipal Airport. A fleet of eight distinguished warbirds, owned by longtime […]
Russia to Base MiG-31 Interceptors in Arctic

Russia to Base MiG-31 Interceptors in Arctic

The Russian Defense Ministry is to base MiG-31 long-range interceptors at the Rogachyovo Arctic base on the island of Novaya Zemlya by the end of the year to defend against attack from the north, Izvestia reported on Tuesday quoting military sources. “The MiG-31 squadron will be the main element of Russia’s developing anti-missile defense system […]

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Boeing Receives $1.9 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Boeing Receives $1.9 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

More Boeing P-8A Poseidons are headed for U.S. Navy service, thanks to a $1.9 billion contract for 11 of the anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft announced by the manufacturer yesterday. The new order will take the total fleet to 24. This third low-rate initial production award follows two last year that totaled 13 aircraft. Boeing […]
Indian Air Force To Buy 22 Apache Helos

Indian Air Force To Buy 22 Apache Helos

India’s air force has agreed to purchase 22 Apache AH-64D multirole combat helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth an estimated $1.4 billion, according to a story by Jen DiMascio published Monday in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. “The financial bid for attack helos was opened some time last week, and since Russia had withdrawn […]
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