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Air Force Secretary Backs A-10 Warthog Wing Upgrade To Keep It Flying

Posted on December 12th, 2017 · Posted in Aviation News

After years of speculation surrounding the fate of the A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” — and amid compounding budget pressures — the Air Force’s beloved light attack aircraft just picked up a major boost from current Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on..
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Boeing KC-46A Tanker Completes First Flight

Posted on December 10th, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first flight and airborne tests, taking off from Paine Field at 10:32 a.m. PST, December 8, 2017 and landing approximately three-and-one-half hours later. “Today’s flight is another milestone for the Air..
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Dream Chaser Free Flight Test 2017

Posted on November 21st, 2017 · Posted in Aviation News

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces a successful atmospheric Free-Flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, signaling the program is another achievement closer to orbital operations. The full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle was lifted from a Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook helicopter on Saturday, released and flew a pre-planned flight path..
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Maiden Flight of Russia’s A-100 Early Warning Aircraft

Posted on November 21st, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Russia’s new A-100 Premier airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft completed its first flight on November 18 from the Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex (TANTK), located near the Sea of Azov in the far west of the country. According to prime contractor Vega, the first A-100 prototype tested..
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Russia Unveils New Tu-160M2 Strategic Bomber

Posted on November 20th, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Russia has rolled out the latest upgrade of the world’s largest supersonic strategic bomber, the Tupolev Tu-160M2 “White Swan” NATO codename “Blackjack. While the original version of the Tu-160 first flew in December of 1981, the program was halted with collapse of the Soviet Union. Ukraine acquired several of the..
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First Flight: Scaled Composites Model 401

Posted on October 12th, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites debuted a new experimental aircraft, the Model 401, in an October 11, 2017 announcement of the prototype’s recent first flight. The company has built two Model 401 prototypes in service of an undisclosed customer “to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and to provide aircraft for..
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Lockheed P-38 Flight Characteristics (1943)

Posted on August 13th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Normal and emergency operating characteristics of the Lockheed P-38. Demonstrates precautions and techniques for taking off, flying, and landing, showing in detail how controls and apparatus should be manipulated. Explains how to take off and fly with only one engine, and shows how to bail out.

Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71

Posted on August 10th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

In this talk at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vietnam-era attack pilot and retired Air Force major Brian Shul, author of “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet,” reveals fascinating details of piloting the SR-71. Using his rare aviation slides and stories as a vehicle, he tells a broader inspired story..
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L.A. Speed Story by SR-71 pilot Brian Shul

Posted on August 4th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

This is an expanded excerpt from Brian Shul’s book Sled Driver : Flying the World’s Fastest Jet. There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked..
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The Last Boeing 747 for Paying Passengers Has Been Built

Posted on July 19th, 2017 · Posted in Aviation News

The final passenger airframe of the current generation 747-8i is currently undergoing test flights for the Korean Air. The Seoul-based carrier is one of only three passenger airlines to take delivery of the most recent version of the 747 — Lufthansa and Air China are the other members of this..
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