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National Aviation Day, August 19

Posted on August 19th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

The National Aviation Day (August 19) is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in..
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Boeing Marks 50 Years of Delivering Chinook Helicopters

Posted on August 18th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

As Boeing marks the 50th anniversary of delivering the first H-47 Chinook military helicopter, the company is nearing completion of a $130 million renovation of its production line near Philadelphia that will help it meet global demand for the latest model, the CH-47F. “The Chinook has served as the backbone..
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USAF X-51A Waverider flight ends prematurely

Posted on August 18th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

The X-51A Waverider successfully launched from a B-52 Stratofortress over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012, at approximately 11:36 a.m. PDT. The X-51 safely separated from the B-52 and the rocket booster fired as planned. However, after 16 seconds, a fault was identified with..
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Transformed X-48C Blended Wing Body Flies Successfully

Posted on August 18th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time August 7, 2012 at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert.   The aircraft, designed by The Boeing Co. and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The new..
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Former F-4 mechanic connects with display plane at MCAS Yuma

Posted on August 18th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

Seventy-year-old Sam Robbins talks about an F4-B Phantom II jet that he believes he worked on in the early 1960s while Robbins was stationed in Virginia. The jet currently makes Marine Corps Air Station Yuma its home, sitting among other aircraft and armaments on display at the main entrance. That..
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China’s J-20 Transforming Stealth Fighter

Posted on August 17th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

Looks like China’s J-20 stealth fighter does a bit of “Transformer” contortions, probably for speed breaks upon landing. The front sure looks a lot like the F-22 Raptor, don’t it? Via: China Defense Blog: Photo of the day: J-20 transforming?.

Big, Bluff, Buff – Boeing’s B-52 – 1980 Wings & Airpower CD

Posted on July 16th, 2012 · Posted in Wings & Airpower Articles

Boeing’s B-52, Keeper Of The Peace Or Flying Test Lab! By Lt. Colonel William D. Sluru, Jr., February 1980 issue of Wings Little was it realized when the first YB-52 thundered down Boeing Field, Seattle, on its maiden flight in 1952 that the U.S. was launching one of the most..
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