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Ipad takes to the sky

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments

This story was covered by USA Today and i found it rather interesting, very soon tablets will be everywhere. If you would like to see the video on this story check it out here: LOS ANGELES — As part of his daily routine for the last 15 years, Alaska Airlines pilot Randy Kleiger hauled [...]

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Even more great U.K. Aviation Photos from 1930′s

Jun 13, 2011 No Comments

De Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS ‘Grosvenor House’ being pushed into one of the hangars at Mildenhall, 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. This aircraft, flown by C.W.A. Scott and T. Campbell Black, won the air race, reaching Melbourne in an elapsed time of 71 hours. Lockheed DL-1A Vega, G-ABGK named ‘Puck’. Flown in the 1934 MacRobertson Air [...]

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Still more great U.K. Aviation Photos from 1930′s

Jun 11, 2011 No Comments

The unusually configured, Pander S.4, PH-OST, was crewed by (left to right) Mr Pronk, G.J. Geysendorffer, ex K.L.M. chief test pilot, and Mr Asjes and was to finish it’s participation in the 1934 MacRobertson Air race at Allahabad, Iraq when it suffered a round collision and burnt out. Lockheed DL-1A Vega, G-ABGK named ‘Puck’ being [...]

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Some more great U.K. Aviation Photos from 1930′s

Jun 10, 2011 No Comments

Bellanca 28-70, EI-AAZ, ‘The Irish Swoop’ being weighed in one of Mildenhall’s hangars, days before the 1934 MacRobertson  Air Race. It was to be flown by Colonel Fitzmaurice, but had to withdraw before the race as the aircraft had not completed official  load testing for fuel capacity. This DC-2, PJ-AJU, came overall second and winner [...]

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Gizmag shows us the future of UAVs

Jun 09, 2011 No Comments

UAVs require a complex system of satellite link up to help them fly over enemy terrain.  But many of them start out as remote control prototypes.  A good example of this is this story that appeared on Gizmag showing the future of UAVs with this RC prototype produced by the engineer students of UC San [...]

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Superb Collection of U.K. Aviation Photos

Jun 07, 2011 No Comments

Superb Collection of U.K. Aviation Photos from 1930′s Photos courtesy of Julio Blake Flores, Santiago, Chile  An aerial view of Hatfield, September, 1931.  Aircraft like Handley Page HP.45 G-AAXE, ‘Hengist’, are icons of the land-based planes of Imperial Airways. This example was destroyed in a hangar fire in Karachi, 31 May 1937.  This Fairey Fox [...]

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XFC Bound!

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

We are heading out to Muncie IN to cover the Extreme Flight championships (XFC).  This is a great event that features some of the top airplane and helicopter pilots from around the country and abroad.  This is three solid days of freestyle performances from the best pilots around.  Check back here all weekend long for our [...]

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Huck Fest, Aerobatics at its best

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

Over the weekend I attended the first annual Huck Fest held at my local field, the Victor Valley Flyers.  This event was a gathering of guys that wanted to show off their abilities and just have a blast.  If you never been to one these, I would recommend making a trip for it. It is [...]

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