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Air Traffic Control Reform: The Battle of the Fat Cats

There is a battle royale brewing over the future of Air Traffic Control in the US which could affect much of the nation’s air transportation system. …

Air Traffic Control

The Final C-5A Galaxy Flew To The Boneyard Today

The final Lockheed C-5A Galaxy took her last flight today. Tail 70-0461 departed from Westover Air Reserve Base to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base …

Incredible! Italian Air Force C-27 Flying Upside Down At RIAT 2017

Last month visitors of the Amazing Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 (RIAT) in the UK witnessed a spectacular aerobatic display from the Italian …

I Was A Chase Ship For An American Airlines MD-80 With A Gear Problem

One of the gifts of aviation is that the experience of flying is so powerful that unique moments become etched in your memory. Whether its your first …

Heroic HAWG Pilot Lands Heavily Damaged Jet After Canopy Blown Off By Gun Malfunction

This Michigan Air National Guard Red Devils Pilot Was One Very Cool Customer When Things Got Sideways<p>On July 20th 2017, a pair of Fairchild Rebublic …

Kickin’ ISIS Ass: Night Vision Flying With A-10s, F-22s and a B-52

The U.S. Air Force recently released some rarely seen b-roll footage of some of our favorite warplanes conducting mid-air refueling ops at night, and …

The Long Goodbye: Watch The Jersey Devils Bid Farewell To Their Trusty Convair Delta Darts Back in 1988

The Convair F-106 <i>Delta Dart</i> served the Air Defense Command (ADC) and later the Air National Guard (ANG) as a primary interceptor for nearly 30 years. …

There Is No Speed Limit On The Rocket-Powered Railroad At Holloman Air Force Base

This film about the Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) was produced during the 1960s and portrays not only the exacting engineering standards to …

US Marine Reserve Flying Units Set The Standard For Readiness Before They Left For Vietnam

Originally made by Clyde Montgomery of WFGA Jacksonville in Florida, the film “A Ready Reserve” showcases the Florida-based 4th Marine Division Air …

Meet The Man Who Documented The Last Season of The Original Goodyear Blimp

Brian Wiklem is a true avgeek and director of two very unique documentaries. One focused on the final passenger flight of the DC-10 and his most …

The Rise and Fall of RenoAir and the Amazing Hybrid American Transition Fleet

When you think of now-defunct domestic airlines throughout the years, you probably remember the big ones — Eastern, Pan Am and etc. In reality, there …

Ultra-rare Formation Of America’s Bomber Fleet At Oshkosh Wows Crowd And Sends Message

It was a textbook day at the 2017 AirVenture in Oshkosh on the second to last day of the show. The weather was beautiful, the crowds were plentiful …

Additional Footage Of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash at SFO Shows Tower View

The crash of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777-28EER (HL7742) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) took place on July 6th 2013. The flight …

Aviation

There Can be only one: The saga of the only SR-71C ever built

The C-model Blackbird Was Actually Two Blackbirds Flying in Very Close Formation.<p>The Lockheed SR-71 is as iconic an aircraft as any that has ever …

Watch a Giant C-5 Create Massive Wake Turbulence

Research Conducted by the FAA and NASA Determined Safe Separation Between Flights.<p><i>Caution: Wake Turbulence</i> was produced and released by the Federal …

Six Things You Probably Never Knew About the Mighty A-6 Intruder

On April 19th 1960, the prototype Grumman A-6 <i>Intruder,</i> Grumman model G-128 and designated the YA2F-1, BuAer 147864, lifted off from Grumman’s …

This Video of the AT-6C Light Attack Aircraft Will Give You Goosebumps

It’s rare to see a promotional video of fighter and attack planes. While Lockheed Martin put together a pretty slick campaign last decade for their …

Texans, Harvards and Yales–Learn About The Plane That Trained The Boys Who Won The War

On April 1st 1935 the North American prototype that would become the T-6 <i>Texan</i> first took flight.<p>The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) referred to …

The One Plane That Influenced Nearly Every Other Modern Airlifter

The Douglas design that influenced all the rest…<p>On April 23rd 1956 the Douglas C-133 <i>Cargomaster</i> flew for the first time. The forgotten link between …

[Honey] Badger Don’t Care–The Soviet Union’s Jack Of All Trades Bomber Turns 65

There wasn’t much the Soviets couldn’t hang from this versatile bomber.<p>On April 27th 1952 Soviet test pilot N.S. Rybko flew the prototype that would …

Why is it So Freaking Cold (or Hot) on my Plane?

You get to the airport parking lot, run to catch your shuttle, make it through the TSA body cavity search, and then schlep your stuff a thousand …

This Former Marine Harrier Pilot Missed Flying The Jet, So He Bought One

There is only one civilian Harrier in the world. Art Nalls owns it.<p>Have you ever wanted to own a warbird? There are lots of options out there. You …

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? To Fly In A Glider Of Course

I’ll be honest, I have no clue why this rooster flew in a glider. But the video is somehow mesmerizing and I couldn’t stop watching it. A guy really …

Hog Pilot Jots Down His Twelve Greatest A-10 Memories

A-10 Pilot Don Ramm recalls the ups and downs of flying the best close support aircraft ever built (we admit we’re biased).<p>By Don Ramm<p>Welcome to the …

The Day the Thud Finally Died

The F-105 only flew for 27 years but it changed the way the USAF thought about supersonic bombers.<p>On February 25th 1984, the Air Force Reserve’s …

American Airlines’ New Boarding Policy Is Indicative Of a Larger Culture Problem

Like a canary in the coal mine, their unimaginative ‘solution’ to the shit-show boarding process might indicate that American is struggling more than …

Against All Odds, The Boeing B-50 Flew The First Non-Stop Around-The-World Flight

The B-50 only flew for a few years but it set one of the most fabled aviation records first.<p>On February 26th 1949 the Boeing B-50A-5-BO <i>Superfortress</i>, …

An interview with a Pilot’s Pilot: CDR Jack D. Woodul USNR, AKA Youthly Puresome

He has over 30,000 flying hours in the A-4, A-7, F-4, F-8, a variety of airliners and more. That’s over 3.4 years of his life in the air!<p>Commander …

The Flying Boat Mothership Was An Attempt To Fly Passengers and Mail Across The Atlantic

The Shorts-Mayo Combination was an attempt to cross the Atlantic with a useful load.<p>A recent article on “Mother Ships” prompted recollection of a …

Bad luck, A Crash and Complex Design Led To Demise Of Mach 3 XB-70 Bomber

It was a travesty! The fastest, most powerful, and biggest American bomber ever built (XB-70) never had a chance.<p>The ability to travel Mach 3 is a …