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X-56A Begins Active Flutter-control Tests

Posted on August 5th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

By Graham Warwick, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. Photo by Ken Ulbrich A testbed for future fuel-efficient transport and unmanned aircraft with slender, flexible wings has made its first flight at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, Calif. The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) has been built by..
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Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

Posted on July 31st, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

By Robert Krulwich, NPR This isn’t a painting. It’s not from a movie. It’s not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the..
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The Future Of Flight: A Congestion-Killing Aircraft

Posted on July 24th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

By Davin Coburn, Popular Science magazine Meet the 100-passenger plane that’ll keep your flight running on time. Aircraft design is often overlooked in discussions of the FAA’s multibillion-dollar NextGen initiative, the elaborate mélange of satellite-based guidance, arrival, and departure technologies intended to modernize the outdated and much-criticized national airspace system..
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Solar Impulse takes off on last flight of U.S. journey

Posted on July 6th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

By Agence France-Presse The experimental Solar Impulse aircraft departed Washington early Saturday en route to New York on the final leg of its US tour aimed at showcasing the promise of clean energy, organisers said. The plane, which runs on four electric propellers powered by an array of solar cells..
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North American XP-82 Twin Mustang Restoration

Posted on June 17th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Tom Reilly met Walter and Margaret Soplata in the early 90s when they asked him to do some IRS appraisal work for them. He received a wonderful guided tour throughout their whole facility and first saw a F-82 Allison-powered D model and immediately fell in love with the Twin Mustang..
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WWII Dornier Do-17 Bomber raised from the English Channel

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

By Nick Higham, BBC News A German World War II bomber has been raised from the bottom of the English Channel. The Dornier Do-17 aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of..
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Unmanned Drone Flies Through Hoops, Steered by Thoughts

Posted on June 4th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

It was only a matter of time before it became possible to control a drone with mere thoughts. In a gymnasium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an AR.Drone quad-rotor helicopter made by French firm Parrot has been zooming right and left, up and down, and even through hoops as its pilot merely..
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Introducing the Saker – A Mach 0.99 Personal Jet

Posted on June 4th, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

Saker Aircraft Corp. has introduced the Saker S-1, which company officials claim will be “one of the world’s fastest and most efficient civilian aircraft available for purchase when it receives FAA and EASA certification and goes into production.” Drawing inspiration from military fighters, the Saker S-1 is a MACH .99,..
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Pair of ‘Geeks’ Sifts Through History for Aviation Ruins

Posted on May 31st, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

BY W.J. HENNIGAN, Los Angeles Times PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN VAN DER BRUG, Los Angeles Times VIDEO BY DON KELSEN, Los Angeles Times Peter Merlin and Tony Moore, self-confessed aviation geeks, find and sort through military crash sites in the Mojave as a hobby. They call these weekend expeditions ‘aerospace archaeology.’..
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US Navy’s Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completes First Flight

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 · Posted in Aviation News

The Navy’s newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif. May 22, marking the start of tests which will validate the Northrop Grumman-built system for future fleet operations. During the 80-minute flight in restricted airspace,..
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