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Bell's V-280 Valor tiltrotor full size mock up on display at the Association of the US Army meeting in Washington on Monday. (Mike Morones / Staff)

Bell's V-280 Valor tiltrotor full size mock up on display at the Association of the US Army meeting in Washington on Monday. (Mike Morones / Staff)

Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, VA. It is uncommon for this many Nuclear Aircraft Carriers (5) to all be in port at one time. The USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), returned to port on July 2, 1997, joining the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).

Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, VA. It is uncommon for this many Nuclear Aircraft Carriers (5) to all be in port at one time. The USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), returned to port on July 2, 1997, joining the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).

Italian national display team Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB-339 trainers.

Italian national display team Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB-339 trainers.

Italian Macchi MC-200 Saetta WWII fighter, MM8146 / 372-5. On display at National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH. April 12, 2013.

Italian Macchi MC-200 Saetta WWII fighter, MM8146 / 372-5. On display at National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH. April 12, 2013.

Fighter World Gloster Meteor.15 May 1941 the experimental Gloster E28/39 made 1st flight by British jet-propelled aircraft & on 5 March 1943 Gloster Meteor became Royal Air Force's 1st operational jet aircraft.In 1951 Meteors made their mark in RAAF history when went into action with 77Sqdn in Korea.Armed with 4 20-mm Hispano cannons;8 27kg(60lb)rockets or 454kg(1000lb)bomb load.A77-875 delivered to RAAF on 11 May 1953.Possibly used for ground instruction & later served with 77Sqn.

Fighter World Gloster Meteor.15 May 1941 the experimental Gloster E28/39 made 1st flight by British jet-propelled aircraft & on 5 March 1943 Gloster Meteor became Royal Air Force's 1st operational jet aircraft.In 1951 Meteors made their mark in RAAF history when went into action with 77Sqdn in Korea.Armed with 4 20-mm Hispano cannons;8 27kg(60lb)rockets or 454kg(1000lb)bomb load.A77-875 delivered to RAAF on 11 May 1953.Possibly used for ground instruction & later served with 77Sqn.

Under view of Grumman Avenger banking right 30 degrees at Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow.Grumman Avenger entered production in January 1942,less than month after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.As carrier-based torpedo bomber & conventional bomber,designed with folding wings to allow it to fit more easily onto cramped ships.Perhaps 1st thing you notice about Avenger is how big it is for single-engined aircraft. During the war, they carried a crew of three men - the pilot, rear gunner and…

Under view of Grumman Avenger banking right 30 degrees at Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow.Grumman Avenger entered production in January 1942,less than month after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.As carrier-based torpedo bomber & conventional bomber,designed with folding wings to allow it to fit more easily onto cramped ships.Perhaps 1st thing you notice about Avenger is how big it is for single-engined aircraft. During the war, they carried a crew of three men - the pilot, rear gunner and…

Rear view of Grumman Avenger banking left 30 degrees.Avenger's 1st experience of war was June 1942 at Battle of Midway,& was truly horrific.Of 6 Avengers which took off to attack Japanese fleet,only 1 returned.Much of blame for Avenger's vulnerability lies with torpedoes it was designed to use,which were far inferior to Japanese "Long Lance" torpedoes.Could only be dropped from low height & slow speed,& frequently failed to detonate when hit target.

Rear view of Grumman Avenger banking left 30 degrees.Avenger's 1st experience of war was June 1942 at Battle of Midway,& was truly horrific.Of 6 Avengers which took off to attack Japanese fleet,only 1 returned.Much of blame for Avenger's vulnerability lies with torpedoes it was designed to use,which were far inferior to Japanese "Long Lance" torpedoes.Could only be dropped from low height & slow speed,& frequently failed to detonate when hit target.

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Emerald Coast Sept. 19,2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock)

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Emerald Coast Sept. 19,2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock)

The Daily Mail's front page from May 19 1943, which carried reports of the Dambusters raid under the headline: 'Heart of Ruhr Flooded'

'Night Flying Programme. 16.5.43': How RAF crew room listed names of 133 airmen... unaware their 'training run' assignment was really the Dambusters raid

The Daily Mail's front page from May 19 1943, which carried reports of the Dambusters raid under the headline: 'Heart of Ruhr Flooded'

Bangalore, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully completed the first flight of the prototype of its new helicopter Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).  With this first successful flight, the helicopter has now entered a long campaign of flight tests for its certifications for its entry into service in Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Army.

Bangalore, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully completed the first flight of the prototype of its new helicopter Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). With this first successful flight, the helicopter has now entered a long campaign of flight tests for its certifications for its entry into service in Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Army.

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