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  • World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

    03/28/2015 6:58:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. The four-engine taildragger was built in 1945, too late to see combat, and now flies as part the World War II aircraft collection with the Collings Foundation. This particular B-17 has served many roles over the years including Air and Sea Rescue, a water...
  • So Exactly How Many Planes Have Muslims Taken Down (or Suspected) in Total?

    03/25/2015 8:25:07 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 54 replies
    03.25.15 | chickensoup
    So Exactly How Many Planes Have Muslims Taken Down (or Suspected) in Total? Crashed, missing... There are, of course, the four planes that were crashed on 9/11. Do we have a list? Can we make one?
  • Germanwings A320 crash: Plane fell for 18 minutes (not 8)

    03/25/2015 5:24:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 172 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | March 25, 2015
    NEW evidence has emerged that the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in southern France yesterday dived for 18 minutes, and not eight as previously thought. France’s Transport Minister Segolene Royal said this morning that the crew had stopped responding to radio messages at 10.30am, with the plane flying over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in the French Alps at 10.48am, suggesting that the plane had descended from 28,000ft to 2,000ft without signalling an emergency. Ms Royal added that events in the cockpit in the 60 seconds between 10.30am and 10.31am were ‘crucial’ and...
  • Airbus crashes in southern France, with 142 passengers on board – authorities

    03/24/2015 4:22:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/03 11:57 CET | Euronews
    An Airbus passenger jet has crashed in the area of Digne area of southern France, according to police and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). The A320 was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members, according to the DGAC. The plane – operated by Lufthansa subsidiary, Germanwings – was flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
  • Passenger plane crashes in French Alps (Airbus A320 - 148 Onboard?)

    03/24/2015 3:55:35 AM PDT · by Drago · 336 replies
    The Local - Fr ^ | 03/24/2015 | Oliver Gee
    "An Airbus A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, a security source has said." & "A Germanwings A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, according to security sources."
  • Larry Magid: Amazon Inches Closer To Making Delivery Drones A Reality

    03/21/2015 11:31:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 03/20/2015 | Larry Magid
    Share on email View Comments Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (left) shows off Amazon PrimeAir drones to Charlie Rose of CBS News. (CBS) Related Tags:Amazon, Delivery, Drone, FAA, Magid Larry Magid Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safe...Read More You've Earned Points for Reading!Claim points in our Reward Center, and earn more tomorrow. San Francisco (KCBS) —  Amazon scored a victory this week in its battle with government regulators over their plan to deliver products by drone.The FAA has agreed to let the company fly Amazon Prime Air Drones… but with some big restrictions.  One of those restrictions...
  • Avro Lancaster KB882; Coming in From the Cold?

    03/18/2015 7:24:56 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    War History Online ^ | March 7, 2015
    Last year, there was a brief stir concerning the plight of a rare combat veteran Avro Lancaster on outdoor display at Madawaska Municipal Airport in the Canadian city of Edmunston, New Brunswick. The city has owned Lancaster Mk.10P KB882 since her RCAF retirement in 1964. The LancasterÂ’s condition has deteriorated significantly after decades sitting outdoors, and a time of reckoning has arrived. While a small band of dedicated volunteers has done their best to preserve and maintain the old bomber, they do not have the resources to ensure her long term survival without a massive infusion of cash and expertise...
  • Advanced Hawkeye Deploys, as NG Unveils Export Version

    03/17/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    AIN online ^ | March 17, 2015
    After a $3 billion development program lasting 12 years, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft is making its first carrier deployment. “We’ve met every technical and cost milestone,” claimed Jay Mulhall, director of AEW business development for Northrop Grumman. Speaking at the Airborne ISR Conference in London, organized by Defence IQ, Mulhall gave new details about the land-based version of the E-2D that is being offered to international customers. U.S. Navy squadron VAW-125 has embarked its five Advanced Hawkeyes on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), which is now en route to the Middle East. The Navy will receive its...
  • Could This Airplane Replace the A-10 Warthog? (Textron Scorpion)

    03/15/2015 5:15:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 112 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | March 15, 2015 | Rich Smith
    After more than four decades in service, the A-10 Warthog is due for a replacement. So says the U.S. Air Combat Command. What's more, ACC says it's already "thinking about" fielding such a replacement. But what might that replacement be? Last week, we got a clue. As reported by Reuters, the Air Force has recently begun evaluating Textron's Scorpion fighter jet as a potential 21st-century replacement for the 20th-century Warthog.
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • Pilot draws penis on FlightRadar with his plane

    03/13/2015 8:42:39 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 13, 2015
    Residents of Lakeland, Fla., probably didn't notice anything odd, but a private plane flying overhead Thursday followed a unusual flight path. Aviation buffs who use FlightRadar24, the popular site that can track planes in flight around the world, got a clearer picture. The plane's path described a the shape of a phallus.
  • Pilot was 'unfairly blamed for crash that killed Buddy Holly and should...

    03/07/2015 8:34:46 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/6/15 | JOEL CHRISTIE
    ... be hailed a hero for trying to avert disaster' An investigation into the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and three others could now be reopened after a respected pilot brought forward new factors as to how the aircraft may have gone down. At the time of the crash, the Civil Aeronautics Board ruled the probable cause of the crash was error by the pilot, Roger Peterson, who took off from Mason City to Moorhead, Minnesota, in inclement weather, even though he was qualified. The chartered plane crashed in Iowa not long after takeoff, killing Holly, Peterson, and...
  • #HarrisonFord plane crash: Twitter reacts

    03/06/2015 10:38:24 AM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 6, 2015 | Telegraph reporters
    Following the news that actor Harrison Ford, who made his name flying the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, had crashed his plane on a golf course in California, Twitter was quick to react in its own inimitable way. Here are the best of the online jokes and memes.
  • Delta flight skids off LaGuardia runway

    03/05/2015 9:31:21 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 21 replies
    cnn.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Greg Botelho
    A Delta airplane slid off a runway late Thursday morning at New York's LaGuardia airport, its nose breaking through a fence before skidding to a halt. Video from CNN affiliate WABC shows people walking off the commercial jetliner and onto snow-covered ground at the airport. Emergency vehicles could be seen then around the MD-88 aircraft, which Delta said had 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. The incident didn't cause any known injuries, according to New York's fire department, which indicated that all passengers were off the aircraft about 30 minutes after it landed. Delta said in a statement that...
  • Plane skidded off the runway at New York City airport

    03/05/2015 8:33:16 AM PST · by XRdsRev · 21 replies
    WABC Radio
    Just came over the radio. not sure if it was LaGuardia or JFK. Believe the plane was from Atlanta. no reports of injuries
  • Lawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta’s dismay

    03/02/2015 5:26:46 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for all airlines buying jet fuel at the world’s busiest airport. A bill filed in the House would cut the exemption at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Supportive lawmakers say it would help the state get federal money for aviation improvements throughout the state. They also argue the credit shouldn’t be kept in place forever....
  • A-10 Thunderbolt (photo essay)

    03/02/2015 8:39:28 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Even as the Pentagon plans for warfare on distant battlefields, it is engaged in a budget battle to retire the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Thunderbolt. But the “Warthog” has many supporters in the military and on Capitol Hill, and the fight to keep the aircraft flying continues. Here's a look.
  • TSA Issues Secret Warning on 'Catastrophic' Threat to Aviation

    02/26/2015 12:53:00 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 39 replies
    First Look / The Intercept ^ | 02/25/2015 1:34 PM | Jana Winter
    The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat. Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of every person...
  • What Flying Was Like Before the Smoke Cleared

    02/23/2015 6:25:07 PM PST · by Drango · 89 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Feb 23 '15 | JOE SHARKEY
    IF you think the air travel experience generally stinks now, consider what it was like before smoking was banned on domestic flights 25 years ago. Tracy Sear, a flight attendant with US Airways, was looking over some Facebook posts from colleagues recalling those bad old days when a third or more of passengers on any flight puffed away, and cabins were foul with smoke. When I spoke with her the other day, she read one of those posts to me: “Suitcases, uniforms, hair — all stunk from cigarette smoke. And it’s astounding that we didn’t have more cabin fires.” ~snip
  • Missing MH370 data 'strongly suggests' the Malaysia Airlines jet was deliberately flown off course

    02/23/2015 10:27:18 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-23-2015 | Sara Malm for MailOnline and Louise Cheer for Daily Mail Australia
    Flight MH370 may have been deliberately flown off course by someone in the cockpit, a new documentary claims. Aviation disaster experts have analysed satellite data from the lost Malaysian Airlines flight and discovered that the plane flew on for hours after losing contact. Careful examination of the evidence has revealed that MH370 made three turns after the last radio call, first a turn to the left, then two more, taking the plane west, then south towards Antarctica. According to Malcolm Brenner, a world's leading expert in the causes of aviation disasters, those turns 'strongly suggest' someone in the cockpit deliberately flew...
  • I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • CHINA AND RUSSIA JOIN FORCES TO BUILD NEW JUMBO JET

    02/13/2015 12:49:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    China and Russia are taking their high tech relationship to the next level, as the preliminary design for their jumbo jet will be completed by July. The C929 will be China's ever largest civilian aircraft, and Russia's largest post Cold War new jetliner.
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • Chilean soccer team's plane finally found 54 years after doomed flight crashed in Andes

    02/09/2015 6:34:20 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 09, 2015
    Fifty four years after a Douglas DC-3 crashed in Chile’s Andes – killing all 24 people aboard, including members of a Chilean soccer team and three referees – a team of mountaineers discovered the remains of the crash. The 1961 LAN 301 air crash was deemed at the time one of the world’s major air disasters involving athletes – surpassed maybe only by the 1972 Uruguayan plane crash that stranded members of a rugby in the high Andes. The plane’s whereabouts has been one of the great unsolved aerial mysteries.
  • Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

    01/05/2015 9:46:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Dave Majumda
    Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal memo. The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of drones is being strained to the “breaking point,” according to senior military officials and an internal service memo acquired by The Daily Beast. And it’s happening right when the unmanned aircraft are most needed to fight ISIS. The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones. It just doesn’t have the manpower to operate those machines. The Air Force’s situation is so dire that Air Combat Command (ACC),...
  • Taiwan TransAsia plane crash-lands in Taipei river

    02/03/2015 8:36:06 PM PST · by machogirl · 206 replies
    BBC news ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | BBC
    A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed in a river in Taipei. More than 50 people were onboard at the time, and a number of people were reportedly injured. Some reports said there were several people trapped inside the plane in need of rescue. Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) showed a picture of a plane almost submerged in the Keelung river. The ATR-72 had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to Kinmen Airport on the outskirts of Taiwan, just off the coast of south-east China, CNA said. The cause of the latest incident...
  • TransAsia Pilots Apparently Shut Off Wrong Engine

    02/06/2015 12:24:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | DAN GOOD
    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle soon after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other engine before the plane crashed, according to Taiwan’s top aviation official.
  • Cirrus SR22 Pilot Releases Selfie Video from Ditching

    01/31/2015 10:58:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    flyingmag.com ^ | 1-29-15 | Pia Bergqvist
    The Cirrus SR22 pilot who pulled the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and was saved by a cruise ship about 250 miles east of Maui this week has released a selfie video of the incident. Leu Morton's facial expression is incredibly calm despite the stressful situation and, through an open door, Morton's video shows the parachute above the airplane moments before it hits the water. In a "Good Morning America" report, Morton describes how he used his satellite phone to report his emergency, which he described as a malfunction in the fuel system. Whether it was the airplane's fuel system...
  • Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

    01/31/2015 3:49:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 5 hours ago 2015-01-30 | Associated Press (AP)
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America. Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds aloft in a traditional gas balloon. The pair launched from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time, eclipsed the...
  • 11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

    01/29/2015 4:51:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | Jan 27, 2015
    The F-16 jet "lost power" as it took off from the base near the southeastern city of Albacete and crashed into an area where other planes were parked, damaging at least five other aircraft, the defence ministry said in a statement. At least 19 other people were injured in the accident... The Spanish ministry said the jet that crashed was taking part in a NATO training exercise called the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) which seeks to improve multi-national cooperation in air operations.
  • Bomb threats reported on two flights landing at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta

    01/24/2015 1:57:46 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/24/2014 | Mia De Graaf
    Bomb threats have been reported on two flights that recently landed at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. NORAD fighter jets were deployed to escort Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2492 to the Atlanta, Georgia, airport, the FAA confirmed. The Delta flight came from Portland, the Southwest flight flew in from Milwaukee.
  • AirAsia 8501 Stall Warnings 'Screaming' Before Crash: Reports

    01/21/2015 11:06:32 AM PST · by Gideon7 · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2015/01/21 | NBC News
    Warning alarms can be heard "screaming" on the cockpit voice recorder of AirAsia Flight 8501 before it crashed, an investigator was quoted as saying Wednesday. Among the audible alerts is one that indicated the plane is stalling, the investigator told Agence France-Presse (AFP) and the Wall Street Journal. NBC News was immediately unable to confirm the accounts. The reports come a day after Indonesia's transport minister said the Airbus A320, which crashed last month with 162 people on board, was climbing at an abnormally high rate before it plunged and disappeared from radar. "The warning [alarms] kept on screaming, and...
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.
  • JPL Discusses Death Of Renowned Scientist In Van Nuys Plane Crash

    01/10/2015 7:22:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | January 10, 2015 6:56 PM | Cristy Farjardo
    killed Friday when his small plane went down in Van Nuys are discussing his contributions to JPL and NASA. Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, crashed into the busy intersection of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Vanowen Street in Lake Balboa. He was the sole occupant of the experimental single-engine Lancair plane, which he used to commute from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to this job in Pasadena, according to a friend. The friend described Behar as a husband, father of three, and renowned scientist.
  • Saudi Arabia's national airline to introduce gender segregation after a string of complaints

    01/02/2015 8:56:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 2, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Saudi Arabia's national airline is allegedly planning to separate male and female passengers on its flights, in accordance to strict rules enforced by the Gulf kingdom. Gulf media report that Saudia will keep men and women segregated onboard, unless they are close relatives. The move follows a spate of complaints from male fliers unwilling to allow other males to sit next to their wives and other female family members.
  • Will the Boeing 747 Fly Off Into the Sunset?

    12/28/2014 8:10:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 28, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Boeing (NYSE: BA ) extended its sales lead over archrival Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY ) in December. In its latest update on airplane orders, released last week, Boeing confirmed that 2014 "gross" orders for commercial aircraft reached 1,423 by mid-December, versus 1,328 planes for Airbus (at last report). After cancellations -- 106 at Boeing, but nearly three times as many at Airbus -- the U.S. aircraft maker's lead over its European rival only got bigger. This is good news for Boeing -- but, as we'll see in a moment, it might be bad news for one of Boeing's favorite customers: the...
  • Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?

    12/24/2014 12:33:18 PM PST · by wastedyears · 12 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 12-24-2014 | Dinah Eng
    Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • 111 Years Ago Today: Man’s First Powered Flight.

    12/17/2014 11:49:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    Alert 5 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Tom Demerly
    It is equipped with side stick controls like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. It uses an advanced, “mission adaptive” wing that has no seams at the control surfaces. The wing is so unique its design is protected under U.S. patent 821,393. The entire wing changes shape to control the roll axis of the aircraft ... And it is the first successful powered aircraft ever, the Wright Flyer. 111 years ago today Orville Wright became the first man to achieve powered flight. His first 12-second flight, covering only 120 feet, changed the course of mankind. 10:35 Local, Thursday, 17 December, 1903; Kill...
  • 10 Worst Airports for Holiday Travel

    12/08/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 66 replies
    Bankrate.Com ^ | 8 December 2014 | Chris Kahn
    'Tis the season to see the family, which means you're probably about to spend some quality time -- maybe too much time -- in an airport. The following are the worst airports for holiday flight problems on arrivals, according to a Bankrate analysis. Bankrate determined the frequency of holiday flight problems -- delays, cancellations and diversions -- at the United States' 100 most active airports, using Bureau of Transportation Statistics data for the months of November to January over the past 10 years. The rankings for busiest airports are based on total arrivals over the same time period.
  • We Remember (song, video)

    12/07/2014 10:46:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2011 | Uploaded by ICASHQ
    Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011 Country music recording artist Dwayne O'Brien performed his song "We Remember" (available on the CD "Song Pilot" at www.flightsongrecords.mybigcommerce.com) at the annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows last December in Las Vegas, Nevada. And he produced this video to be projected on the screens behind him while he sang. We hope that you'll share this link widely with friends and family who appreciate America's aviation legacy and all that our country's airborne warriors have done to defend our country. Many thanks to Dwayne O'Brien for both performing his wonderful song and producing...
  • Race to be the new Concorde! Supersonic jets battle to become first aircraft to cut flight times

    11/28/2014 8:06:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 27, 2014 | Emily Payne
    It's been more than ten years since Concorde made its final transatlantic flight. But there's a new generation of supersonic passenger aircraft beginning to emerge, boasting speeds at least twice as fast as current commercial planes. While these planes will first appear in the private and business jet market, catering only to the super rich with gargantuan price tags and first class service, supersonic may eventually reach regular holidaymakers.
  • The vast aeroplane graveyard in Russia where 9,000 giants of the sky have been left to rust

    11/28/2014 4:44:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Mail online, Daily Mail ^ | 20:45 EST, 13 December 2012 | Updated: 06:24 EST, 18 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region. Each off the exhibits had to make their last flight here, touching down at the Ulyanovsk-Central airport,...
  • FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

    11/25/2014 10:38:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Stephen Pope
    Remember that record flyover of 49 Van's RVs at last season's Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City? The FAA remembers too. In the wake of that sanctioned overflight, some pilots of Experimental-category airplanes are now receiving letters of investigation from the agency for other flights that may have run afoul of regulations.
  • Ferguson Aircraft Ban: No Fly Zone Instituted as St. Louis Airport Shut Down From Incoming Flights

    11/24/2014 11:22:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | Zachary Stieber
    A no fly zone has been instituted above and around Ferguson, Missouri while reports are emerging that area airports are being shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the no fly zone after the grand jury decision came through on Monday night in the Michael Brown shooting. Listed under the reason for the no fly zone, the agency put: “To provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” It later said that the decision stemmed partially from reports of gunshots being fired into the sky. The prohibited airspace is designated as three nautical miles around Ferguson. “On the ST LOUIS...
  • Pilot Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Home Near Midway

    11/19/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Petruchio · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 18, 2014 6:40 AM
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The pilot of a small cargo plane was killed when the plane crashed into a home a few blocks away from Midway International Airport early Tuesday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported engine problems shortly after taking off from Midway, and was trying to get back to the airport, but never made it. The plane nose-dived into the front of a two-story home in the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue, around 2:45 a.m., and ended up partially in the living room, and partially outside on the front lawn, its tail still up in...
  • Sleep Bomber...B-17 Sounds

    11/18/2014 8:38:07 AM PST · by virgil283 · 45 replies
    americandigest ^ | November 17, 2014
    "Let our virtual B-17 airplane sound lull you to sleep with a low frequency engine drone in stereo. This is an 8 hour long version designed to run all night." .....