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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Private Airbus A380 F-WXXL


Air France Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde F-BTSD


Monday, January 30, 2012

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

A F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off for a night flight near Edwards Air Force Base, CA. (photo: Tom Reynolds, United States Air Force)

Sukhoi Su-35 with Super Jet 100


Bristol 175 Britannia C1


Top Gun A-4 Skyhawk

An A-4 Skyhawk assigned to the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) pictured landing at Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California, on January 30, 1981.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 9V-SKN


The Flying Bulls North American B-25J Mitchell N6123C


Lufthansa Airbus A300 D-AIAU


Russia - Air Force Sukhoi Su-24M RF-92025


Russia - Air Force Sukhoi Su-34 05


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Agusta Westland EH-101 643 Merlin


Pilatus PC-12/45


KLM Boeing 747-406


UPS - United Parcel Service Airbus A300F -


Korean Airlines Airbus A380 F-WWAZ


Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 D-AIHI


DHL Cargo Airbus A300F D-AEAO


Sikorsky S-38C NC28V


Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N787BX


Friday, January 27, 2012

Marine FJ1 Fury Jets

On January 27, 1957, FJ1 Fury jets of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 312 roar over the beach at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during an amphibious landing exercise.

Sturtevant S seaplanes and Gallaudet D-1

Just months before the United States entered World War I, naval aviation remained a small assortment of aircraft of varied types at one air station in the small panhandle town of Pensacola, Florida. In this image, taken on January 27, 1917, Sturtevant S seaplanes and a Gallaudet D-1, the latter's engine and propeller located in the middle of the fuselage, line the shore at the Cradle of Naval Aviation.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grumman EA-6B Prowler (G-128)


Russia - Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 48 - Foxbat


Yakovlev Yak-130


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A3D-2P Skywarrior

An A3D-2P Skywarrior of Photographic Composite Squadron (VCP) 63 executes a wave-off during carrier qualifications aboard the carrier Oriskany (CVA 34) on January 26, 1961. 

F2H-3 Banshee

A pair of F2H-3 Banshee aircraft of Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 display two different paint schemes while in flight over the Mediterranean Sea on January 26, 1954.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Airbus Industrie Airbus A300 Beluga F-GSTD


TG-2 Torpedo Bomber

A TG-2 of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2B pictured on the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) San Diego, California, on January 25, 1934.

UH-25 Retriever

A UH-25 Retriever of Helicopter Utility Squadron (HU) 2 flies over the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) in the Mediterranean Sea on January 25, 1963.

Douglas DC7B N836D

Douglas DC7B   N836D (c/n 45345)of Eastern Air Linesat Opa Locka (USA)Photo by Rolf Keller

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lake Hood Seaplane Crash - ATC Included!

Heritage Flight


F4U-4 Corsair

Off the coast of Korea, a pair of F4U-4 Corsair fighters landed on board the carrier Princeton (CV 37) after a mission, probably because they did not have enough fuel to make it back to Boxer (CV 21), the carrier from which they had launched earlier in the day. By tradition, the flight deck personnel on board Princeton adorned the "offending" pilots' planes with graffiti prior to sending them on their way back to Boxer.

P2V-7LP Neptune

P2V-7LP Neptune of VX-6 on the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Note the skis on the landing gear and JATO bottles attached to the fuselage, both a necessity given VX-6's service supporting Operation Deep Freeze in the Antarctic.

CH-46 Sea Knight

A CH-46 Sea Knight assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11 transfers supplies from the fast combat support ship Bridge (AOE 10) to the carrier Nimitz (CVN 68) during a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) in the Arabian Sea in 2003.

F-3C Demon

An F-3C (formerly F3H-2N) Demon of Fighter Squadron (VF) 14 trapping on board the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) steaming in the Mediterranean Sea on January 23, 1963.

AV-8B Harrier

An AV-8B Harrier aircraft of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 is given the launch signal on the deck of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during the first carrier test of the aircraft on January 23, 1988.

PB4Y-2 Privateers

 PB4Y-2 Privateers on the flight line at an airfield on Samar in the Philippine Islands in 1946, just months after the end of World War II.

PB4Y-1 Liberator

A PB4Y-1 Liberator, brilliantly painted in the antisubmarine warfare scheme used in the Atlantic Theater, pictured in flight during World War II.

P5M-1T Marlin

A P5M-1T Marlin of Training Squadron (VT) 31 pictured on a seaplane ramp at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, during the early 1960s.

A-4C Skyhawk

A-4C Skyhawk of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 133 spotted on the flight line at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, California, on January 24, 1976.

Martinair Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F PH-MCU