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Flying Tigers P-40 Recovery

Flying Tigers P-40 Recovery

A Chinese group plans to try to recover a fighter plane from the legendary Flying Tigers group of American pilots that crashed in a lake in China during World War II. The Flying Tigers, who were sent to China in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt before Washington joined the war, have long been one […]
Airbus Reveals Zero-Emission Concept Planes

Airbus Reveals Zero-Emission Concept Planes

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonization of the entire aviation industry. […]

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[VIDEO] In the Cockpit of an F-117 Nighthawk

[VIDEO] In the Cockpit of an F-117 Nighthawk

In this video from the Palm Springs Air Museum, get the inside scoop on the Nighthawk from Capt. Ken Dwelle, an Air Force pilot who flew it.The F-117A was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place in 1981 at Groom Lake, Nevada, and the aircraft achieve operating […]
On this Day, October 1 – F-86 Takes Flight

On this Day, October 1 – F-86 Takes Flight

On October 1,1947, after three years development, the first prototype North American Aviation XP-86 (NAA designation NA-140), serial number 45-59597, was ready for its first flight at Muroc Dry Lake in the high desert, north of Los Angeles, California. Completed at North American’s Inglewood plant on 8 August 1947, the new aircraft was trucked to […]

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Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Night Hunter — the first Corsair equipped with radar

Hunched in the cockpit of an F4U-2 Corsair in the darkest, blackest night he could remember, Second Lieutenant Frank Lang peered at the 6-inch scope in the center of his instrument panel and saw nothing significant to break up the green-yellow line inscribing a circle around the dial.
[VIDEO] Korean KF-X Prototype Assembly

[VIDEO] Korean KF-X Prototype Assembly

Scheduled for its first flights in 2022, the KAI KF-X Korean Fighter prototype is starting its final assembly process, where electronics, radar, and various other subsystems will be installed until the aircraft is officially rolled out in April, 2021. KF-X is a 4.5th generation fighter and will replace the fleet of aging F-4s, F-5s, and […]

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Black Sea Salvage: P-39 Airacobra

Black Sea Salvage: P-39 Airacobra

In July 1944, Junior Lieutenant Vladimir Shishken was flying a Bell P-39 Airacobra with the Black Sea Fleet in a training exercise and saw smoke coming from the engine. He landed on the water, and although the Airacobra sank, he made it to shore with a slight head wound. Ironically, the fighter had just 9 […]
5 Top Battle of Britain Films

5 Top Battle of Britain Films

The best of the literally dozens of Battle of Britain-themed feature and television dramatizations produced over the years mostly begin and end, not surprisingly, with the British—with, perhaps, an exception here or there. The best of the Battle of Britain air dramatizations then include the following: Pictured above: There was no shortage of Spanish-built Messerschmitts […]

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US Bombers in the News

US Bombers in the News

Since late January, American B-1B and B-52 bombers, usually operating in pairs, have flown about 20 missions over key waterways, including the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, according to accounts of these flights from U.S. Air Force statements and official social media posts. (Above) A pair of B-1B […]
F-35 Lightning II

F-35 Lightning II

The Future is here! The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role combat aircraft is designed to perform both air superiority and strike missions. It can also provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Lockheed Martin, the prime F-35 contractor, with partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, produces the aircraft […]
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