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  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 7:45:56 PM PDT · by cold start · 3 replies
    LIVEFIST DEFENCE.COM ^ | 3 AUGUST 2015
    These great photos and statement out of HAL today on the LCH's progress, including hot & high tests in Ladakh. Here's what they sent out: HAL successfully carried out the hot and the high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh recently. “These seasonal trials - including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year - have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have established hover performance and low speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes (3200...
  • France says wing part found on Reunion island definitely from MH370

    09/03/2015 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-3-2015
    The piece of wing found on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has been formally identified as part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday. The part, known as a flaperon, was found on the shore of the French-governed island on July 29 and Malaysian authorities have said paint color and maintenance-record matches proved it came from the missing Boeing (BA.N) 777 aircraft. The French prosecutor, who had until Thursday's statement been more cautious on its provenance, said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which had...
  • Terror in the skies: The midair hijacking drama of TAA Flight 408 (historical - 1960)

    09/01/2015 4:29:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 1st September 2015
    ALEX Hildebrandt looked like any other passenger when he walked calmly onto the Trans-Australia Airlines passenger jet bound for Brisbane. It was the last flight out of Sydney and the Russian immigrant, along with his 42 fellow passengers, had just passed through airport security that is nothing like we know today. Which could go some way to explaining why Hildebrandt, then 22, had managed to pack a sawn-off shotgun in his carry-on luggage, as well as all the tools needed to make a bomb. By the time the plane touched down in Brisbane that night, July 19, 1960, Australia —...
  • Now THIS is Cool (If You're an Airplane Geek)... JET-Powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380!

    09/01/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Jet-powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380! I wonder how much he spent on this thing...  This radio-controlled Airbus A380-800 super-jumbo replica -built by German enthusiasts- has got to be the coolest RC model I've ever seen. I remember when I was a kid, being wowed by my uncle's impressive RC collection, including multi-engine stuff and 'copters... but JETS? News to me! And this one looks, sounds, and even moves at a pace that comes across as 'the real thing' easily on video... the jet roar is more than a little bit cool! The plane is marked in Singapore Airlines...
  • Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened

    08/30/2015 9:20:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK + AP. ^ | August 30, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    Two fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet that was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman on board allegedly became unruly over her cat. Passengers on board the Condor Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt claimed the woman brought her cat onto the plane and became enraged when her pet was put in a lavatory by cabin crew.
  • Iron Maiden And The Book Of Souls Go Jumbo On Massive 2016 World Tour

    08/25/2015 7:30:07 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 15 replies
    ironmaiden.com ^ | Iron Maiden
    VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON TO CAPTAIN AND PILOT A BOEING 747-400 JUMBO JET TO PLAY IN SIX OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS TRAVELLING OVER 55,000 MILES (88,500km) AROUND THE GLOBE
  • The Last Piston-Engine Dogfights (Corsairs against Mustangs)

    08/25/2015 6:23:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2015 | Preston Lerner
    The last dogfights between piston-engine, propeller-driven airplanes weren’t fought in the skies over Germany in the 1940s or even Korea in the 1950s. They occurred in Central America in 1969, and all of the combatants were flying U.S.-built Corsairs and Mustangs. The dogfights were among the final acts in a brief but bloody four-day conflict between Honduras and El Salvador, commonly (but misleadingly) known as the Football War. Although a pair of soccer games between the two nations sparked the initial riots, the war was the culmination of longstanding tension over immigration and land reform. Honduras boasted the more impressive...
  • Aircraft Crash At Shoreham Air Show

    08/22/2015 5:51:49 AM PDT · by Spktyr · 40 replies
    Vanity | 8-21-15 | Self
    Just been informed by a friend attending the Shoreham Air Show in the United Kingdom that a Hawker Hunter has crashed, possibly onto the nearby main road. No chutes observed. No other details.
  • WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; shot down 6 warplanes during Guadalcanal

    08/19/2015 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/15 | AP
    <p>Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.</p>
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • Djibouti relaunched its national airline with backing from Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

    08/17/2015 9:56:55 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04 August 2015
    The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has relaunched its national airline -- a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday. Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland. "This is the link in the chain that was missing from Djibouti," said Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, who said he hoped the airline will help ferry cargo onwards from Djibouti's key sea port. "We need a national company...
  • MH370: New debris found in Maldives

    08/16/2015 1:54:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Star ^ | Sunday August 16, 2015 | desiree tresa gasper
    Two pieces of new debris have been found in the Maldives and experts will determine if they are linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix). He said one was a "honeycomb material" while the other had a flat surface. "It is very small, about the size of your hand," he said when asked to explain on the new finding on Sunday. "The first thing we have to do is to determine if it is actually of plane material," Liow said adding that the discovery was made two days ago. "Our team...
  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:20:05 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2015 | Brett Zongker
    FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the problem on "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va. Around 4 p.m., the agency said the problem had been resolved, and that officials were working to lift any remaining orders to hold planes on the ground. Delays began building about...
  • Flight control problem keeps flights grounded in NY and DC area

    08/15/2015 11:11:30 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15 2015 | Staff
    Officials reported big delays Saturday at New York and Washington airports because of an air traffic control issue. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported that a computer outage was limiting flight arrivals and departures there as well as Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport. The problem also affected flights leaving New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, according to FlightAware’s online tracker. By 12:30 p.m. departure delays were at 1 hour and expected to grow, PIX11 News reported. Delays out of Newark International Airport were at 30 minutes and decreasing at that particular time, the station said,...
  • AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

    08/11/2015 8:20:48 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 33 replies
    Air Force News Service ^ | July 31, 2015 | SSgt Marleah Robertson
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J. After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during its initial operational tests and evaluations at Hurlburt Field. “Putting it through these tests will allow us to wring out the AC-130J in a simulated combat environment, instead of the more rigid flight profiles...
  • IAF halves its demand for Russian fighter jets

    08/10/2015 10:25:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Tribune, India ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ajay Banerjee
    Looking to cut costs and prune military imports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has halved its demand for Russian-built fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). It now wants just three squadrons of the fighter jets which are to be inducted into the Russian Air Force in 2016. Sources say the IAF has scaled down its needs and now indicated that just three squadrons (around 18 planes in each), besides a few more for training of the pilots, will be enough for now. This works out to be 65 planes, almost half from the earlier projection of 127 FGFAs to be jointly...
  • Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America will be decommissioned this week at Tustin hangar

    08/09/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 9, 2015 | Tom Berg
    CARSON – The Goodyear Blimp bobbles a few feet of the ground, awaiting one of its final takeoffs. “We’re coming off the mast,” pilot Bill Bayliss announces, as the 192-foot blimp is freed from its mooring. The Spirit of America will rise above the hustle-and-bustle of I-405 one last time on Monday, and cruise toward Tustin’s aging World War II blimp hangar. Five days later, the blimp will emerge as five tons of museum exhibits, recyclable rubber and spare parts.
  • World War Two pilot and plane discovered in Germany

    08/08/2015 2:25:56 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 43 replies
    Spero News ^ | 08/082015 | Martin Barillas
    Werner Doll (77) was a young lad of seven years when he saw the P-47 collide with another aircraft and plummet to the earth. He saw the flames and smoke emerge from the crash site on the fateful day near the end of history worst conflict.
  • The Spookiest story in Vietnam: The AC-47 gunship (12 PHOTOS)

    08/08/2015 6:58:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    guns.com ^ | 8/7/2015 | Chris Eger
    Known variously as Puff the Magic Dragon, Dragonships or just Spooky, the AC-47 gunship, with its broadside battery of GE miniguns, was a sight to behold. In 1965 with the grunts on the ground needing as much persistent close in air support as could be spared, the Air Force went about converting a handful of World War II-era C-47 transports into lead slinging death dealers by attaching a number of General Electric GAU-2/M134 miniguns arranged to fire through the left-hand side of the plane at a target below.
  • Magic Stone 466--SAM Hunter-Killer Mission

    08/07/2015 11:43:14 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 15 replies
    By Email | Gary Barnhill
    I received this email from a fellow controller. He served on ABCCC flying on EC-130 out of Thailand.
  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/05/2015 6:41:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    GeekWire ^ | August 4, 2015 | Molly Brown
    This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car is closer to reality than you might think ... Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is developing the TF-X and states that the flying car is 8 to 12 years away from becoming an everyday reality ...
  • Why is the UK still so reliant on the Tornado?

    08/05/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jon Kelly
    The RAF Tornado mission in Iraq, which was supposed to be disbanded last March, will be extended until "at least" March 2017. Why has this veteran Cold War combat jet proved so enduring? The cockpit of a supersonic Tornado attack bomber is a much more peaceful place than you might expect. "It's incredibly quiet," says Jas Hawker, a former RAF wing commander who flew the aircraft over Iraq and Kosovo. "The pilot and the navigator could drop their oxygen masks and talk to each other. It's not silent but it's a lot quieter than people think." It also has a...
  • Aircraft Part Confirmed to come from Missing Malaysian Flight

    08/05/2015 11:07:47 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 28 replies
    no source (fox radio)
    Just confirmed on the radio.
  • Confirmed:Malaysia PM Confirms Piece of Airplane Wing is from MH370

    08/05/2015 11:18:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 5, 2015 | Marcus Gilmer
    Malaysia's prime minister has confirmed that the piece of an airplane wing found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean last week is in fact from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. "Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," Najib Razak wrote on his Facebook page. "We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian...
  • B-52 bombers demonstrate their long reach in mock bombing run from US to Australia

    08/04/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 4th August 2015
    TWO B-52 bombers flew 44 hours non-stop from Louisiana to the Northern Territory on a simulated bombing run last month — all to deliver a message to China. The lumbering, 1950s vintage dinosaurs lifted off from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, United States, on July 1. Their mission: to be BAAD. That’s military speak for yet more military speak: “bomber assurance and deterrence”. Translated, it means sending a message to Australia and the nations of South East Asia that the United States is willing and capable of assisting its allies. It was also a demonstration — to China...
  • Concorde Mark 2: Airbus files plans for new supersonic jet

    08/04/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:20PM BST 04 Aug 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    New jet could cut flight time from London to New York to just one hour The new jet could fly from London to New York in an hour - opening up the possibility of a transatlantic return journey in a day. Concorde 2 would be capable of flying more than four times the speed of sound – or more than 2,500mph, according to documents lodged with the US Patent Office by the aerospace and defence group The filings refer to an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” and “method of aerial locomotion” for the aircraft, which would cruise at an altitude of more...
  • Deadly failure on the runway

    08/01/2015 9:30:53 AM PDT · by SZonian · 35 replies
    Philly.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell
    Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., the manufacturer of the business jet that crashed on takeoff last year and killed Philadelphia businessman Lewis Katz and six others, has acknowledged to investigators that a key fail-safe system on the plane has a flawed design. Gulfstream tested its fleet of GIV jets after the fatal accident and found a widespread problem: The planes could travel down the runway at takeoff speeds even when they had no ability to leave the ground. To win safety certification, the firm had promised the Federal Aviation Administration that its fail-safe design would prevent pilots from getting the jet above...
  • Does this man have the most dangerous job in America? (aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker)

    07/31/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Thom Patterson and Nick Scott
    Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life. But take a moment to watch what he does. It's magical. Watch him fly hundreds of miles an hour and thousands of feet high -- twirling, tumbling and twisting his airplane in ways you never thought possible ... Tucker is an aerobatic pilot -- among the best in the world. He calls it a form of art ...
  • Will industry address vulnerability beneath the carpet of the 777?

    07/30/2015 4:45:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In the forward galley area near the L1 door and flight deck, a small access panel sits below the carpet which acts as the gateway to the 777’s electronics and engineering bay. The bay, referred to as the ‘E/E bay’, contains many of the 777’s extremely sensitive systems. A recently posted YouTube video, below, shows how shockingly easy it is to access the E/E bay, and how seemingly little has been done to keep people out. The systems in the E/E bay vary from fuse panels to the Airplane Information Management System (AIMS), also known as “the brains” of the...
  • Texas-owned private jet owned impounded in Congo

    02/20/2011 9:17:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    A private jet owned by a North Texas company has been impounded for the past 2 1/2 weeks and its passengers and crew detained by the Congolese government in central Africa, where officials say it was used to smuggle gold from rebel territories in the nation's eastern provinces. The plane was leased by Southlake Aviation, based in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, to a subsidiary of CAMAC International, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Sunday editions. CAMAC company is owned by Kase Lawal, a Nigerian-born Houston oil tycoon an appointee of President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy...
  • MH370: wreckage found on Reunion 'matches Malaysia Airlines flight'

    07/29/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/29/2015 | Harriet Alexander
    A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014. Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet. "I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all...
  • Cuomo Announces Plan to Tear DownRebuild 'Third-World' LaGuardia Airport (shortened)

    07/28/2015 3:58:48 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 16 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 7/27/2015 | Brynn Gingras
    Full title: Cuomo Announces Plan to Tear Down, Rebuild 'Third-World' LaGuardia Airport, First New Hub Built After 9/11 Attacks
  • A Chinese group just bought Spain's infamous billion-dollar 'ghost' airport for $10,000

    07/20/2015 8:15:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/20/2015 | GUY HEDGECOE, THE TELEGRAPH
    Spain's "ghost airport" - that cost hundreds of millions of euros to build and which became a notorious symbol of the excess of the country's bonanza years has been sold to a group of British and Asian investors for just €10,000 ($10,835). Ciudad Real airport airport, in the central Castilla-La Mancha region, has been closed since 2012, despite opening only four years prior to closure. The regional authorities raised an estimated €1billion in private investment to build it. They had hoped it would draw millions of visitors each year to Ciudad Real and the surrounding area, which is known as...
  • Never-before-seen footage reveals Russian-backed rebels arriving at..wreckage of MH17 [Video@Link]

    07/16/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 101 replies
    News.com.au [VIDEO AT LINK] ^ | 17.07.2015 | News.com.au
    RUSSIAN-backed rebels in Ukraine’s east believed they had shot down a Ukraine Airforce fighter jet as disturbing new footage shows them ransacking the luggage of passengers and crew from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. A year ago today, 298 passengers and crew including 38 Australian citizens and residents died aboard the Kuala Lumpur bound commercial flight after it was shot down over east Ukraine, 40km from the Russian border. Much footage exists particularly on the internet of the aftermath of the downed airliner, smouldering over three main wreckage sites about the rebel stronghold of the embattled Dontesk region. But, after a...
  • Caught on Video: Blue Angels’ Florida Flyby Buzzes Beachgoers, Sends Umbrellas Flying

    07/14/2015 3:31:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    A video uploaded to YouTube by MrJasonmx3 shows Angel #5 doing a low fly-by. While the aircraft did not appear to be at unsafe altitude, it was close enough to the ground to send tents and umbrellas flying in the air. According to reports, the maneuver was performed by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Tedrow. Tedrow is a Pennsylvania native who has been with the Blue Angels since September 2011. The performance occurred July 11.
  • Rescue pilot Wills takes to the air again: Prince starts new job

    07/12/2015 8:20:23 AM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/12/15 | Nicholl
    Tomorrow Prince William joins the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a pilot Former member of RAF will ferry critically ill members of public to hospital Work is hazardous and involves night shifts but is a 'very rewarding job' Prince William, who formerly served as a RAF search-and-rescue pilot (pictured) will become an air ambulance pilot It's hazardous, it involves night shifts, staff might have to work Christmas Day and they take a packed lunch because there’s no canteen. It hardly sounds like a career fit for a prince, yet at 7am tomorrow the Duke of Cambridge reports for duty at...
  • Mt Tom Mass. Bomber crashes into Mt. Tom July 10, 1946

    07/11/2015 8:56:45 PM PDT · by ABN 505 · 10 replies
    The Fitchburg Sentinal ^ | 7/10/1946 | Stu Beitler
    Twenty-five army, navy and coast guard men -- the entire crew and passenger list of a converted Flying Fortress carrying the homeward-bound servicemen from Gander, Newfoundland -- were killed last night when the plane crashed against 1200-foot Mount Tom. Salvage crews summoned to the scene of New England's worst air disaster
  • Another name fades into aviation history as final US Airways flight set for October

    07/10/2015 7:07:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 7/10/15
    The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear. The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye — Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 18. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines. The two airlines merged in December 2013 and decided to keep the better-known American name. Vestiges of the carrier will survive for some time, however, as some planes won’t be repainted...
  • BEFORE RADIOS, PILOTS NAVIGATED BY GIANT CONCRETE ARROWS

    07/07/2015 1:40:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | July 5, 2015 | CHRIS WHITE
    The remnants of Transcontinental Air Mail Route Beacon 37A, which was located atop a bluff in St. George, Utah. (Photo: Dppowell/Wikipedia)Across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, lies a network of mostly forgotten infrastructure, a system that was obsolete before it was ever finished—forgotten relics from the early days of powered flight. The early 20th century was an era of American history where Manifest Destiny seemed, well, manifest. The West had been won, and the cities blossomed. But with innovation came change and obsolescence. Trains became the prime movers of not only people and goods, but also the mail. The Pony Express proved...
  • F-16, Small Plane Involved in Midair Collision Over South Carolina, FAA Says

    07/07/2015 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/07/2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    A military fighter jet crashed into a Cessna flight midair about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina this morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the pilots of the planes is unknown at this time. There have been no reports confirming any other passengers. In a statement, the FAA said the collision involved a Cessna C 150 and an F-16 fighter aircraft at around 11 a.m. A defense department official confirmed to ABC News that the pilot of the F-16 ejected safely. The plane and pilot came from Shaw Air Force Base, roughly 100 miles north...
  • The Wright Brothers: Even More Badass Than You Thought

    07/05/2015 12:51:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 2, 2015 | Matt Goulet
    For his new book, The Wright Brothers, ­Pulitzer Prize winner David ­McCullough pored over newspaper articles, photographs, and more than 1,000 letters to create a gripping account of Wilbur and Orville's quest to fly.
  • Free Checked Bags Come to an End on JetBlue

    07/03/2015 6:03:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Airways News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roberto Leiro
    No More Free Checked Bags on JetBlue. As of June 30, the airline introduced new fare options when booking tickets online, which include charges to checked bags, unless passengers pay for its premium fares. Passengers purchasing Blue fare—JetBlue’s base fare—will now be charged $20 for the first checked bag when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter, and a $35 fee for a second checked bag.
  • Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

    06/30/2015 5:50:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 81 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/29/2015 | DAVID AXE
    A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.” The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with...
  • Delaware, Key To Corporations, Is Now The Only U.S. State Without Air Service

    06/29/2015 4:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/29/15 | micheline maynard
    Cities and states across the U.S. regularly lobby airlines to add flights and routes, arguing that air service is vital to economic development. But one of the most important places in the country to corporations — Delaware — now has no commercial air service. The Wilmington News Journal reports that Frontier Airlines quietly dropped flights last week to Wilmington’s New Castle Airport. That leaves the state as the only one in the country where airlines do not fly. Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner told the paper that the airline discontinued service because it wasn’t profitable. “If market conditions change, we may...
  • Did Kim Jong-un have the architect behind North Korea's new airport executed because he did not [tr]

    06/29/2015 12:25:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Staff
    It has been claimed the chief architect of Pyongyang Airport was executed by North Korea's totalitarian leader Kim Jong-un because he disliked his designs. Ma Won-chun, who was North Korea's director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission, vanished last year and was allegedly executed in November. This coincided with a report the same month explaining how the fearsome ruler was dissatisfied with the construction of Terminal 2 at the country's capital city.
  • The Wings of Man Unfolds its Wings: Eastern Airlines Returned Thursday with Flights To Cuba

    06/23/2015 11:56:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Airways News ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Sloan
    With no announcement or fanfare, Eastern Airlines and HavanaAir quietly moved their inaugural revenue flights, MIA-HAV-HAV flight to today. Flight 3145, departed from Miami at 2:26pm EST according to FlightAware. Return flight 3146 arrived back in Miami from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport at 5:05pm.
  • Web Catch: Yep, there’s a cat on the wing of that airplane

    06/22/2015 12:36:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Katherine Bloom
    Pilot Romain Jantot has one more item to add to his pre-flight checklist: always check for cats. The Daily Record reports Jantot was teaching a flying lesson in Kourou, French Guinea, when an unexpected stowaway made an appearance. After a smooth ascent, a cat creeps from its place on the wing toward the cockpit. The feline flyer seemed unfazed by its journey among the clouds, although the pilot chose to cut the trip short. Jantot uploaded the above video to YouTube on Sunday, where it has since been viewed nearly 400,000 times. He notes the carry-on cat is doing well,...
  • FLIGHT OF THE NIGHT WITCHES: WWII'S ALL-FEMALE (Russian) FIGHTING FORCE

    06/21/2015 2:57:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | June 21, 2015
    Night Witch commemorative stamps (Photo: toysworld.od.ua)In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, German soldiers had a very real fear of witches.Namely the Night Witches, an all-female squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night—and should be as celebrated as their male counterparts.This month marks the 73rd anniversary of the start of their pioneering service. In June of 1941, the Axis powers pushed into the Soviet Union using the largest invading force in the history of warfare. The infamous Operation Barbarossa saw over four million troops wade into Russia from...
  • Cockpit cam footage of Aerobatic Display Pilot(Svetlana Kapanina)

    06/21/2015 12:49:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    Svetlana Kapanina performing at Sochi Olympics 2014 with an Extra 330 LC RA-1568 (G)...And the cockpit cam shows how it looks inside while pulling some serious Gs.
  • Aviation buffs

    06/18/2015 4:21:42 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 53 replies
    06/18/2015 | self
    Just thought I would share my project I have been working on for about 5 years now. I am definitely on the home stretch now, about 90% complete. I have a guy coming next week to do all the finish work on the outside, I simple do not have the patience for finish work, everything else was pretty easy, just time consuming. I already have a 200hp IO360 ready to bolt on. Gear was all installed but I had to remove to seal the fuel tanks, so Now it is on a stand. After the finisher does the top and...