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Airbus A350 XWB First Look

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

Airbus recently opened the final assembly line for its A350 XWB family of aircraft, giving aviation fanatics a closer look at the family of super efficient passenger planes designed to go head-to-head against rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 777s. But what exactly is this plane going to offer travelers? And why did it take Airbus [...]

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Northrop Grumman 2-Seat Firebird Makes First Flight

Nov 13, 2012 No Comments

With temperatures hovering around zero, there were few witnesses around Mojave (Calif.) Air and Space Port early on Sunday morning to see a new two-seat production derivative of Northrop Grumman’s secretly-developed Firebird make its first flight. The optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) is a 30-percent bigger version of the medium-altitude unmanned air vehicle demonstrator first revealed [...]

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Emirates A380 Engine Explodes, Forces Landing

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

An Emirates flight from Sydney to Dubai made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff because of an engine fault, the airline said Monday. Passengers reported hearing a loud bang and seeing flames coming from the engine of the Airbus A380 after it took off from Sydney on Sunday night. The plane landed without incident and [...]

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Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

China’s latest domestically produced unmanned aircraft will make its public debut at the biennial Airshow China in Zhuhai, near Hong Kong, this week, taking center stage in a global drone market potentially worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. The Wing Loong, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by the China Aviation Industry Corp., bears [...]

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Doolittle Raiders: ‘Just a Bunch of Guys Doing Our Jobs’

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

The first thing you notice when 97-year-old Lt. Col. Richard Cole walks in the room is what’s missing: no cane, no eyeglasses, no old-guy shuffle. He locks onto a stranger’s handshake. “Let’s sit outside,” he says, eyes sweeping a vine-draped patio mottled by the midday sun. “It’d be a shame to miss out on that.” Cole [...]

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Turkish Army Helicopter Crash Kills 17

Nov 11, 2012 No Comments

A Turkish military helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels crashed because of bad weather on Saturday, killing all 17 troops onboard, officials said. Thirteen soldiers and four military crewmembers were killed in the crash in a mountainous part of Pervari district in Siirt province, in southeastern Turkey, where the rebel Kurdistan Worker’s Party [...]

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Southwest Plane Slides Off Denver Taxiway

Nov 11, 2012 No Comments

A Southwest Airlines jetliner slid off an icy taxiway at Denver International Airport Saturday evening without producing any injuries, officials said. Southwest Flight 1905 had just landed following a flight from Oakland, Calif., when the mishap occurred just before 5 p.m., KMGH-TV, Denver, reported. The 125 passengers and five crew members aboard the Boeing 737 [...]

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Police Seize $450,000 in Drugs from Airplane

Nov 10, 2012 No Comments

A Fulton, Mo., Police Department investigation led to two major drug arrests Friday when $450,000 worth of marijuana was seized from an airplane that had landed shortly after midnight at Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton. Arrested were the pilot, Russell Hansen, 56, Wynantskill, N.Y., and Jacob M. Beaty-Martinez, 21, Bakersfield, Calif. Both were taken to Callaway [...]

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