By Cory Graff
Even earlier than there have been runways, the realm south of town of Seattle used to be Washington's aviation hub. Charles Hamilton, a daredevil dubbed loopy guy of the Air, turned the 1st flyer within the nation while he coaxed his Curtiss biplane into the sky over Meadows Racetrack in 1910. He swiftly crashed. With the aid of William Boeing and his growing to be aviation corporation, Boeing box opened in 1928. In these early days, courageous air tourists may well hitch a experience besides luggage of mail in chilly, noisy biplanes. higher, greater plane quickly undefined, yet wartime intervened. millions of Flying citadel bombers emerged from Boeing's Plant 2 on the fringe of the airfield and winged off to warfare. within the years after, Boeing box served a stunning array of winged machines from the smallest Piper Cub to Air strength One.
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In July 1973 the United States Navy ordered six new AV-8As and two TAV-8As, with delivery beginning in 1976. The new machines were immediately put into Marine Corps service, training Spanish naval pilots! Since the Spanish pilots had been limited to light fixed wing and helicopter experience they were first introduced to jet flying with a training course in the TA-4J Skyhawk. In December 1976, after the Spanish pilots were fully trained, seven Harriers (one machine had been lost in a training accident) were sold to Spain and flown to Rota.
Louis to continue testing. Unfortunately the second prototype (BuNo 158395), experienced an engine failure during testing, forcing the pilot to eject. YAV-8B No. 2 was destroyed. The first of four full scale development (FSD) aircraft (BuNo 161396), hovered for the first time on 5 November 1981, and as of this writing three of the prototypes are at Patuxent River undergoing testing. Current USMC plans call for the procurement of more than 336 AV-8B Harrier lis to replace the three AV-8A squadrons, and to re-equip five A-4 Skyhawk squadrons.
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