Red Bull Air Racer Mike Mangold Killed In Plane Crash

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Mike Mangold is dead after he was involved in an L-39 Albatros crash Sunday afternoon. Witnesses to the crash say that the aircraft was attempting to takeoff from Apple Valley Airport in Apple Valley, CA when it encountered an issue and crashed. Apple Valley Fire and Police Department spokesman Jason Nailon said that as “the… 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

World’s Oldest Jet Returns To Flight

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The world’s oldest flyable jet, and one of the last remaining F-86A Sabres, S/N 48-178, took to the skies once again today in Rockford, IL. This is a major milestone in the recent acquisition of the Sabre by Heritage Aero Inc, which is based in Rockford, on behalf of a US collector. Paul Wood was… Read more

CANCELED: 2015 Biplanes and Triplanes Show

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Due to inclement weather being in the forecast for this weekend, the 2015 Biplanes and Triplanes airshow at the Military Aviation Museum in VA Beach,VA has been canceled. The museum announced the cancellation on Tuesday citing the long term weather forecast. Organizers said that rainfall from Tropical Storm Jaoquin and a direct crosswind on their… 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

Restored B-29 Superfortress ‘Doc’ Will Roar To Life This Friday

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According to Warbirds News, the B-29 Superfortress known as ‘Doc’ will have its first engine run this Friday at 8:00 a.m. The event will take place at Air Capital Flightline in Wichita, Kansas. Warbird fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the B-29 ever since its ‘rollout’ announcement back in March. Once ‘Doc’ becomes airworthy,… Read more

Warbird Pilot Killed In Tennessee Airshow Crash Saturday

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Pilot Jay “Flash” Gordon was killed when his L-39 Albatros jet reportedly failed to recover from a dive and crashed yesterday afternoon. Jay was performing at the Wings Over Big South Fork Airshow in Oneida, TN. His flying is maybe most well known from previous appearances at the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in his hometown.… Read more

Pilot Escapes As “Precious Metal” Reno Racer Heavily Damaged In Ground Fire – May Be Total Loss

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While on a fuel stop on the morning of September 8th, the Reno Air Racer “Precious Metal”, a heavily modified P-51 Mustang, was heavily damaged in a ground fire. The pilot escaped without injury but the aircraft is being described as a total loss. A post by the Precious Metal Air Racing Fan Page reads:… Read more

BREAKING NEWS – Hawker Hunter Down On UK Highway, Multiple Casualties Reported

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A Hawker Hunter jet has crashed at the Shoreham Airshow in the UK today, and there are likely to be multiple casualties. The jet came down on a crowded highway just outside the airfield around 1:20pm local time. Multiple videos of the crash have been posted online; the aircraft can be seen coming down from… Read more

Pilot OK After Spitfire Crashes At Biggin Hill After Losing Power On Takeoff

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Reports from the UK are saying a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc has crashed shortly after losing power on takeoff from Biggin Hill. The aircraft (MK912) was piloted by former RAF test pilot Dan Griffiths for a routine test flight preparing for the upcoming Battle of Britain commemoration display. The Spitfire experienced a loss of… Read more