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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 […]
WWII Heritage Days

WWII Heritage Days

Experience the sights and sounds of World War II when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the 16th Annual WWII Heritage Days April 27-28, 2019 The event will be held Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility, Falcon Field. We bring together re-enactors, WWII […]

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Dick Cole, Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

Dick Cole, Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, tours a U.S. Navy B-25 Mitchell similar to the aircraft he co-piloted. Cole has died at age 103. (Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr./Air Force) A legend passes. Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders who rallied […]
Douglass C-47 Skytrain

Douglass C-47 Skytrain

The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications, including being fitted with a cargo door, hoist attachment, and strengthened floor, along with a shortened tail cone for glider-towing shackles, and an astrodome in the cabin roof. During World War II, the armed forces of many countries used the C-47 and modified DC-3s for […]

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P-82 Twin Mustang

P-82 Twin Mustang

World War II had ended before one of the most improbable piston-engine fighter planes ever designed had the chance to see action — the North American P_82 Twin Mustang. Here are some essential facts about this remarkable fighter plane. Long-Legged Beauty Designed in 1943 as an extremely long-range, high-altitude bomber escort, the P-82 could fly […]
April 2, On this Day in Aviation History

April 2, On this Day in Aviation History

1942: After loading sixteen North American Aviation B-25B Mitchell medium bombers and their crews of the 17th Bombardment Group (Medium) at NAS Alameda, the recently commissioned United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) departed San Francisco Bay with her escorts and headed for a secret rendezvous with Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., and […]

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March 27 On this Day in Aviation History

March 27 On this Day in Aviation History

 1994 The first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon. Beginning with the first jet fighters of WWII, fighter development has been broken down into generations, with each generation seeing successive improvements in speed and capability, as well as refinements to basic aircraft design and improved aerodynamics. The most technologically advanced fighters in service today belong to […]
The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

The F-15 Still going 50 Years Later

Believe it or not,the Pentagon’s new 2020 budget includes a request for eight F-15 Eagle fighters! A real testament to the fighter’s versatility nearly five decades after first its flight. The F-15 is still relevant on the modern battlefield, proving the value of continuously upgrading platforms with the latest technologies. The jet, which observers believed […]

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In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion […]
SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

SPACE COAST WARBIRD AIRSHOW March 15, 16 & 17

For the past 42 years, the Valiant Air Command Inc. has hosted the “Tico” Warbird Airshow, now called the “Space Coast Warbird Airshow.” The 2019 air show will feature an exceptional fast-paced flying program with a mix of historic warbirds, modern combat jets, and aerobatic teams. Friday March 15th will be our afternoon and evening show […]
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