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Pentagon to test F-35 against A-10 for Close Air Support

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Already an alarmingly poor dogfighter, we may now find out just how good the JSF is at CAS. Reads like the Air Force is prepared for it to lose against the 40-year-old A-10 but use it anyway. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Go Dogfighting In An F-15 In This Crazy Video

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Kingsley Air National Guard Base, located in Southern Oregon’s Klamath Falls, is home to America’s only F-15C/D training unit, the 173th Fighter Wing. It is sometimes referred to as “K-Falls,” or more often “the land of no slack” due to the incredibly hard curriculum would-be Eagle Drivers must go through to earn their place in the famous jet’s ejection seat. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Then & Now: KLM Royal Dutch Airline 2005 vs. 2015

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Interactive infographic of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' fleets from 2005 and 2015... (aviationweek.com) More...

Two Southwest 737s Make Contact on Tarmac at KOAK

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Two Southwest 737s were taken out of service after coming into contact with one another on the tarmac at KOAK. At least one of the aircraft was seen to have damage to a winglet. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

U.S. Had One-Third of All Global Flights in 2014

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The United States once again led in the number of commercial flights taking off on its soil in 2014, according to figures released by the World DataBank and the International Civil Aviation Organization, with 9.6 million flights. It has held the top position since ICAO began keeping track although the number of flights has declined slightly since hitting a high of 10.1 million in 2011.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

TSA Officer Accused of Molesting Passenger

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A Transportation Security Administration officer has been arrested after police say he molested a female passenger after luring her into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport. (www.newser.com) More...

Three Category 4 Hurricanes Develop in the Pacific at the Same Time

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For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes have developed in the Eastern Pacific basin at the same time. In addition, it is also the first time that three major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) have developed in those basins simultaneously. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu is issuing advisories on all three, plus monitoring all flights. (earthsky.org) More...

The World's Fastest Four-Cylinder Airplane Is This Wild Student Project

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​The Anequim Project Team, a group of students and professors from Brazil's Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), recently brought their slick new plane to Rio de Janeiro to put it through its paces. When they were done with the high-speed flights out of the Santa Cruz Air Force Base this past weekend, they'd set five new world records. Not bad for a student project. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

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One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Great Moments and Events in September Aviation History

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The around the world flight of two Douglas World Cruisers, the DC-1 gets the green light from TWA, Air Canada's predecessor starts operations, the Douglas DC-8 enters service simultaneously with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, the roll-out of the first 747, and the 767's first flight are among major milestones in Septembers past... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Cessna 400 TTx Model T240, N452CS: Incident occurred August 31, 2015 near West Houston Airport (KIWS), Harris County, Texas

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Cessna 400 TTx loses power while shooting touch and go. Aircraft owned by former NASCAR driver Bobby Hillen, Jr. (www.kathrynsreport.com) More...

About That Airplane Part That Was Supposed to Solve the MH370 Mystery ...

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It is over a month since a piece of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, but French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In fact, leaks from within the investigation suggest that the part might not have come from the plane at all. (nymag.com) More...

The 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Purchasing a Private Jet

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If you are a first-time buyer of a business aircraft, you should be asking yourself many questions before embarking on the quest to find the perfect plane: How often will I fly and how far? How much will I need to work or sleep en route to my destinations? How much luggage will I need to stow? How tall are my typical passengers and how much luggage will they bring? How long will I stay at each destination? How comfortable am I with the idea of other people chartering my plane? (lnkd.in) More...

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