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Grumman Hellcat F6F-5 Flies Again

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

The Flying Heritage Collection’s F6F Hellcat, under restoration for years, returned to the skies on March 27th for the first time! This aircraft was designed to be flown as an unmanned drone for anti-aircraft target practice, but was instead used for training. It has never undergone a thorough restoration, so..
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Meet the SABRE Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

Posted on March 14th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Reaction Engines Ltd. announces the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion technology since the invention of the jet engine. Critical tests have been successfully completed on the key technology for SABRE, an engine which will enable aircraft to reach the opposite side of the world in under 4 hours, or to..
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Wichita Business Leaders Take the B-29 Doc Restoration Under Their Wing

Posted on March 11th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

A vintage B-29 has been given a new lease on life by a group of Wichita, Kansas, business leaders who are determined to see the airplane restored to flying condition. A new non-profit group, Doc’s Friends, has taken ownership of the airplane and will support the effort to refurbish the..
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PBS to air documentary about Ypsilanti’s legendary Willow Run B-24 bomber factory

Posted on March 9th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

“The Story of Willow Run” was a black and white documentary produced by the Ford Motor Company in 1945. The documentary describes the history of the bomber plant during the World War II period. According to the Michigan Aerospace Foundation, the documentary recounts the building of the massive assembly plant, and the production..
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WWII Bomber project needs new home

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

AN AMBITIOUS project to recreate one of the great workhorses of the Second World War could be in jeopardy unless new premises are found to complete the work. Members of the Stirling Project in St Neots, which relies entirely on donations in its aim to create the world’s only Stirling..
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Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot Program Takes Off In Schools, Inspiring More Than 412,000 Students

Posted on February 27th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Southwest Airlines (LUV) today announced the official kickoff of its award-winning Adopt-A-Pilot® program where thousands of fifth-grade students “adopt” Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Pilots.  Through this unique volunteer program, Pilots commit their resources and time from February through May to educate students through aviation-themed activities related to math, science, and other..
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Last Tupolev TU-154 Delivered – 16 Years After Production Ceases

Posted on February 27th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Tupolev TU-154 (OM-BYO) in Slovakian Government livery. Article and Photo by Jason Rabinowitz. Last week, a chapter of Soviet aviation has been closed forever. Over 40 years after its entry into service, the final Tupolev Tu-154 has been delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti...
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Boeing’s Phantom Eye UAV makes second flight

Posted on February 26th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Two weeks after completing taxi tests, Boeing’s Phantom Eye, the liquid-hydrogen powered unmanned airborne system, took to the skies Feb. 25 for its second flight at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The flight lasted 66 minutes, reaching an altitude of more than 8,000 feet..
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Skyflash: Jetman-like wings designed to allow ground takeoff

Posted on February 25th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Skyflash is a revolutionary, German-based aircraft project. The Skyflash shall be easily transported to your local airstrip and put together there with just a few strokes of work. You take off lying comfortably on your 10” offroad landing gear. After just a few moments you get airborne, harvesting the power..
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Boeing Marks 50th Anniversary of 707 First Flight

Posted on December 20th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

Today Boeing [NYSE: BA] marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its 707 jetliner, and the point in commercial aviation history when propellers gave way to the jet age and air travel became affordable and available. On a typically cold and rainy Northwest Friday afternoon Dec. 20, 1957,..
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