Details Of The F-4 Phantom Phinale – Final Flight And Retirement Ceremony Date Set

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We’ve been talking about it nearly all year, and now the details of the F-4 Phantom II’s final flight in US military service are being made public. Holloman AFB, where the remaining F-4s of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron (Det 1) reside, has announced that they will fly for the last time on December 21st,… Read more

Bob Hoover Remembered With Celebration Of Life Ceremony, Triple Flyover

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Aviation lost one of its greats one month ago, when R.A. “Bob” Hoover passed away at the age of 94. Bob was without a doubt one of the most legendary pilots to have graced the skies. His exploits in World War II would have been enough for most pilots, but his real fame was gained… Read more

Navy Releases Report From Blue Angel 6 Crash Investigation

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The United States Navy has concluded their investigation into the fatal crash of a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet earlier this year in June, which killed Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The publicly released JAGMAN report lists “pilot error” as the primary cause, stating that Capt. Kuss was too low (3,196 feet) and was flying too fast… Read more

Just FIVE Public Appearances Remain For USAF F-4 Phantoms, Including Final Flight Event In December

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Update: 9/20/16 – Although the Fort Worth Alliance Airshow asked to be removed from this post last week, we have reconfirmed that two Phantoms plan to attend the show and have re-added it to the schedule. We have already reported that 2016 is the final year for USAF-operated F-4 Phantoms, but we are happy to… Read more

Phantom Finale: The Last Remaining USAF F-4 Pilot On The End Of A Legend

It goes without saying that the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II has had an incredible impact on American aviation, one that carries it into modern aviation legend. One of the most iconic aircraft ever built, nearly everyone involved with aviation and the military has a story relating to the F-4. Unfortunately this American classic is rapidly… Read more

US Navy Blue Angels Mark 70 Years Of Airshow Excellence

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Saturday marks the start of the US Navy Blue Angels’ 70th airshow season. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of the team on April 24th, 1946, and they flew their first show at Craig Field in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 15th of that year. Since that time, the Blue… Read more

Behind The Scenes With The 300mph Jet-Powered School Bus

Earlier this year, we had the fantastic opportunity to go out to the runway with Paul and Therese Stender of Indy Boys Inc. at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival. You might recognize their names, but you certainly would recognize the vehicle; the world famous “School Time” jet-powered school bus! There… Read more

Did Vulcan XH558 Perform Unauthorized Barrel Rolls Before Retirement?

If there’s one warbird that has captivated the aviation community over the past few years, it’s been XH558: the last flying Avro Vulcan. XH558 has been flying since 2007 after retiring from service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1984. On October 28th of this year, the Vulcan made a farewell to flight at… Read more

Step Into History With This Rare Footage Of A Spectacular 1945 Airshow

What do you get when you mix the jubilation of ending the Second World War and an Army Air Forces (AAF) with captured enemy aircraft and technology? One of the coolest airshows a warbird buff could possibly imagine! Check out this footage of the Freeman Field Airshow held in September of 1945, 70 years ago.… Read more

Golden Knight Injured In Chicago Collision Dies

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The US Army Golden Knight that was injured in a mid air collision with a US Navy Leap Frog during the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend has died of his injuries. He has been identified as 32-year-old Sgt. First Class Corey Hood. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Sgt. Hood had served in the Army… Read more