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Know anything about repairing a Sea Harrier?

Any fellow alumni of Hawker Siddeley Aviation in Kingston out there? I have a call for help from the man who owns the only private Sea Harrier. After an emergency vertical landing late last year, owner Art Nalls (nallsaviation.com) is having some difficulties repairing the nose. He needs some help with rebuilding the radome ring […]

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Night, night, Nighthawk. F-117 retires

The US Air Force is retiring its Lockheed F-117s, 27 years after the stealth fighter first flew in secret and two decades after it was revealed to the public. I remember being at the formal roll-out – of the last F-117. Must have been 1990. At the Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. I was amazed […]

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Frank Piasecki remembered

Helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki is remembered by his family in the attached obituary. The family requests any contributions be made to the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center’s “Frank Piasecki Memorial Fund”, 1220 American Boulevard ,West Chester, PA 19380; or the “Piasecki Fund for Math and Science Education”, St. Malachy School, 1419 N. 11th Street, […]

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Frank Piasecki, helicopter pioneer – 1919-2008

Frank Piasecki, who flew the USA’s second successful helicopter, died on February 11. Born in 1919, Piasecki might not have been quite as well known as the guy who got there first – Igor Sikorsky – but the helicopters his company designed certainly are, particularly the CH-47 Chinook. Lately Piasecki Aircraft has been getting attention […]

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Flight’s 100 – name your power pick

To celebrate 100 years of Flight International, we want to discover the "100 Greatest" in aviation; by determining the top twenty civil aircraft, military aircraft, engine, people & moments. Here the best engine is put forward! Flight International is 100 years old this year, and the “100 Greatest” forum on flightglobal’s AirSpace wants nominations for […]

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Avro Arrow memories to be auctioned off

Canada’s Globe and Mail is reporting that the largest collection of Avro Arrow memorabilia will be auctioned in Toronto on December 9. It is bound to stoke interest in an event Canadians and aviation historians will never forget – the 1959 cancellation of a supersonic fighter that many believe was the most advanced of its […]

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Heliplane revisits Rotodyne’s high-speed hopes

On the subject of compound autogyros, Flight International alumnus Stewart Penney points me to this great video of the Fairey Rotodyne – Groen’s inspiration for the Heliplane gyrodyne. The Rotodyne’s rotor was tipjet-driven for take-off and landing and autorotated in the cruise, propulsion being provided by a pair of Napier Eland turboprops. The Rotodyne set […]

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The perils of combat airlift

One final word, for now, on battlefield airlift. The Defense Science Board report contains this August 1967 photograph of a US Air Force de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou disintegrating after flying into the line of fire of a US Army 155mm Howitzer while trying to land at a US special forces camp in Vietnam. The […]

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Oxcart – A new CIA history of the Lockheed A-12

The Central Intelligence Agency has published a history of Oxcart, the super-secret programme that resulted in Lockheed’s Mach 3-plus A-12, YF-12A and SR-71 Blackbird. The monograph, by CIA chief historian David Robarge, provides insight to the competition between Lockheed’s A-12 and Convair’s Kingfish – a remarkable-looking aircraft powered by the same Pratt & Whitney J58 […]

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Pictures of the week – the US Air Force at 60

In recognition of six decades of boring holes in the blue sky. Jet set (F-86F Sabres over Korea in 1954 – USAF photo) Heavy metal (USAF air display at Nellis AFB in 1959) I have trolled through the Defense Visual Information Center website to find some pictures of USAF fighters through the years. I will […]

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