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WORLDWIDE C-130J SUPER HERCULES FLEET SOARS PAST 3 MILLION FLIGHT HOURS

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced a major milestone at the Farnborough International Airshow: the C-130J Super Hercules fleet has surpassed 3 million flight hours. This landmark achievement underscores the aircraft’s exceptional global reach, multi-mission versatility, and dependable tactical performance. The C-130J fleet, now totaling over

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SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND PREPARES FOR EVTOL AIR TAXI SERVICES

Australia’s South East Queensland (SEQ) region could soon be one of the first areas to experience eVTOL air taxi services, thanks to a new partnership between Wisk Aero and Skyports Infrastructure. Announced on Monday, the collaboration will focus on identifying locations for a network of vertiports

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NEW OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY DRONE REVOLUTIONISES MARINE CONSTRUCTION

In a groundbreaking development, Penta Ocean Construction and Prodrone Co., Ltd. have introduced the “Penta-Ocean Vanguard-DroneAqua” (POV-DA), a state-of-the-art oceanographic survey drone. This innovative device is designed to take off, land, and sail seamlessly on the sea, setting a new standard for marine construction surveys. The

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ELDERS FLIGHT 2024: A SOARING SUCCESS

The 2024 Elders Flight event, held at the South African Air Force (SAAF) Mobile Deployment Wing in Centurion, was a truly historic and record-breaking occasion. Organised by Felix Gosher, this remarkable event showcased the warm heart of the South African aviation community. With nearly 500 elders and military veterans taking to the skies in over 100 different aircraft, this year’s event was particularly noteworthy as it marked the first time the flight took place at a military facility due to new air traffic control regulations at smaller airfields.

 

The event’s success was amplified by the collaboration with the South African Air Force, utilising the former Air Force Base Swartkop, now known as the SAAF Mobile Deployment Wing. In his opening speech, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force, emphasised the importance of honouring the elders as custodians of history. He praised the volunteer aircrews for their willingness to ‘pay it forward’ and provide many elders with their first flight experience.

 

Held in conjunction with the SAAF Museum’s monthly flying day, the event highlighted the deep appreciation for our elders. Mbambo expressed gratitude to the organisers and revealed exciting plans to expand the Elders Flight to SAAF Museum branches in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and Cape Town.

This event would not have been possible without the incredible sponsors who supported it. A heartfelt thank you to all the sponsors who made this day unforgettable. Special thanks go to Gavin Kiggen from ExecuJet, whose significant contributions helped make the Elders Flight 2024 a soaring success.

 

The beautiful moments of the day were captured by Kobus Zietsman and Dirk Vent Smit, whose incredible footage will keep the memories of this special day alive for years to come.

 

Thank you to everyone who made the Elders Flight 2024 an extraordinary event, giving our cherished elders the wings to soar.

TODAY IN AVIATION HISTORY

July 23

1999 – Launch: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-93 at 12:31 am EDT. Mission highlights: Chandra X-ray Observatory deployed.

1983 – Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767, runs out of fuel above Manitoba because of a miscalculation; the crew successfully glides the aircraft to a safe landing at a former Air Force base (and current drag strip) at Gimli, Manitoba; the aircraft becomes known as the “Gimli Glider“.

1979 – The British government announces plans to privatise British Airways and publicly sell British Aerospace shares.

1973 – Eddie Rickenbacker, WW I fighter pilot, dies at 82.

1971 – First flight of the GAF Nomad

1956 – Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph.

1956 – First flight of the Dassault Étendard II

1955 – First flight of the PZL TS-8 Bies

1937 – The International Military Aircraft Competition in Debendorf near Zuich provided the picturesque venue for the first major demonstration of the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

1932 – An aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont hangs himself

1917 – Maj. Benjamin D. Foulois, one of the great figures of early American aviation, is appointed commanding officer of the Airplane Division of the U. S. Signal Corps.

1913 – With his biplane fitted with electric lights on the wings and his landing area outlined with small blazes, H. W. Blakeley makes the first night flight in Canada at the Dominion Livestock Show and Fair at Brandon, Manitoba.

 

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