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Stratolaunch First Flight

Posted on April 15th, 2019 · Posted in Factory Fresh

In partnership with Scaled Composites, Stratolaunch successfully completed the first flight of the Stratolaunch aircraft. As part of this initial flight of the world’s largest aircraft, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities of the all-composite, duel-fuselage design. The airplane took off at 0658 PDT on April 13, 2019,..
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Meet the Lockheed Martin F-21

Posted on February 20th, 2019 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Meet the Lockheed Martin F-21. Specifically configured for the Indian Air Force, the F-21 provides unmatched ‘Make in India’ opportunities and strengthens India’s path to an advanced airpower future. The F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem with the..
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rockets above 50 miles into Space

Posted on December 13th, 2018 · Posted in Aviation News

History has been made and a long-anticipated dream realised in Mojave, CA, as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Not only is this the first human spaceflight to be launched from..
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Qantas ‘Super Connie’ saved from rusting away at a Philippines airport

Posted on September 3rd, 2018 · Posted in Aircraft Hangar

The Lockheed Super Constellation is a beautiful aircraft – a classic US model from the 1950s that’s all smooth curves and powerful propellers leading out to an elegant triple tail fin. So it’s little wonder that, even when one particular “Super Connie” was left to rot in a muddy field..
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One Man’s Royal Air Force Operations with the Douglas A-20 Boston/Havoc

Posted on August 18th, 2018 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Harry Ernest Demmar Tilby was a Navigator flying the Douglas A-20 (in R.A.F. parlance – the ‘Havoc’ or ‘Boston’) in the early years of World War 2. This is his story.

V-280 Valor Next-Gen VTOL Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Flight Demo

Posted on August 1st, 2018 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

By David Cenciotti On Jul. 31, 2018 the first prototype of the Bell V-280 Valor, registration N280BH, performed a flight demo for invited media and dignitaries at Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center. The V-280 Valor is Bell’s submission for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) phase, the technology..
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Airbus Beluga-XL Maiden Flight

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Ten days after the official presentation, the BelugaXL completed its four-hour maiden flight at Blagnac in Toulouse, France. The BelugaXL will now undergo some 600 hours of flight test over the next 10 months to achieve Type Certification and entry into service later in 2019. The aircraft is the first..
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Lockheed LM-100J Super Hercules Goes Inverted at Farnborough 2018

Posted on July 18th, 2018 · Posted in Aviation News

By Andrew Simmons, C-130 MRO Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J Super Hercules flight demonstration from the Farnborough International Air Show 2018 literally stole the show when Chief Pilot Wayne Robert pulled off maneuvers which literally made the Super Hercules mimic a Tom Cat out of “Top Gun”. You see “Old pilots” or..
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The Oxcart Story: Frank Murray flying the Lockheed A-12 for the CIA’s Operation Black Shield

Posted on July 17th, 2018 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

CIA A-12 pilot Lt. Col. Frank Murray (USAF retired) was assigned to Area 51 during CIA A-12 Project Oxcart, and was one of six CIA pilots chosen to fly surveillance missions in the A-12 at Mach-3 and 90,000 ft. over Southeast Asia during Operation Black Shield. Video is copyrighted by..
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UK Unveils Next Generation Fighter Jet: Tempest

Posted on July 17th, 2018 · Posted in Aviation News

Tempest is expected to complement the F-35 and eventually replace Typhoon. It is expected to enter service in 2035. Specifications include: Ability to fly unmanned Use swarming technology to control drones Artificial intelligence deep learning Possess directed energy weapons Cooperative Engagement Capability, the ability to cooperate on the battlefield, sharing sensor..
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