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May 23, 2023

‘Friends of Jenny’s’ JN-4 Suffers Off-Airport Landing

Pilots Escape Incident Sans Injury, But a Beautiful WWI Warbird is in Rough Shape

A saddening picture of a bright yellow Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” wreck made headlines recently, with commenters bemoaning the loss of such a rare piece of history...except some reports indicated the aircraft was a modern-day recreation. It's always sad to lose a beautiful plane, but the alleviating aspect this time around is that, at the very least, it wasn't an irreplaceable piece of history… in a sense. One local paper bemoaned the loss, saying "the plane is one of only six remaining in the world", while another referred to it as a “replica sport plane” designed to merely look like the classic Jenny.

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F-22 Raptor Replacement Contract Up for Grabs

Another Day, Another USAF RFP

The Air Force has formally opened a Request for Proposals to seek bids for the F-22 Raptor’s future replacement, looking for a full-scale development phase of the next generation, crewed air superiority fighter. While those privy to the general gist of RPFs aren’t quick to get their hopes up of any true successor - after all, a lot of cool ideas have been effectively stillborn at the feet of government procurement, never making their way to actual procurement - but the specter of a 6th gen super fighter is still an exciting one.

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