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Sandy Hook Students Get Chance to Smile at Sikorsky Airport

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

The students visiting Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Conn., on Friday looked like any bunch of students on a school trip. As they toured a hangar looking at classic aircraft, they raced under a plane’s wings, acted as if they were pilots and looked a little bored as a volunteer explained the history of one of the planes. [...]

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Four Dead as Russian Airliner Overshoots Runway, Catches Fire

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

Four people were killed when a Russian Tupolev Tu-204 medium-haul airliner overshot the runway while landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and caught fire on Saturday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear. Sources in the Emergencies Ministry said pilot error is being viewed as the probable cause. There were eight people [...]

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NASA: Commercial Hypersonic Planes Decades Away

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Like some hypersonic carrot, the idea of breakfast in Paris; breakfast again in New York; then late night cocktails in Tokyo — all within the same 12 hour workday — has been dangled in front of the flying public for so long now that any mention of Mach 7 aircraft may trigger involuntary eye-rolls. Hypersonics using [...]

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One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

“Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!” Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor’s engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. “I thought, ‘This is it,’ and then all of a sudden, brrrr!” he said, describing the sound [...]

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Air Travel Chaos Extends Into Thursday

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The holiday air travel nightmare will continue for at least one more day. The winter storm that has snarled flights from coast to coast this week is about to head offshore, but not before it brings wind, rain, snow and poor visibility to airports in the Northeast. More than 700 U.S. flights have been canceled. Not [...]

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Kansas Museum Offers F-4 Sim Flights

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum is offering a rare opportunity for the public to experience a flight in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II simulator. The experience will be available Wednesday through Sunday at the Wichita museum. Detailed flight controls simulate the real thing. A museum volunteer and F-4 simulator creator Justin Messenger will take museum goers [...]

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Washington State C-124 Crash Remembered

Dec 25, 2012 No Comments

It was a few days before Christmas in 1952, and dozens of servicemen at the former Larson Air Force Base were eagerly preparing for a long-awaited trip home for the holidays. Many had won a lottery to be part of “Operation Sleigh Ride,” a U.S. Air Force program designed to bring servicemen home for the [...]

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Winter Storm Affects 6,400 Flights

Dec 22, 2012 No Comments

While not as severe as the two previous days, air travel delays caused by a wintry mix of snow, high winds and heavy rain continued across the country Saturday, while some areas were expecting up to a foot of snow by day’s end. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings Saturday for parts of Pennsylvania, West [...]

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