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Airline Passengers Thrilled by Role in Yacht Rescue

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments

The diversion might have made them late landing in Sydney, Australia, but airline passengers have revelled in the excitement of helping to rescue a yacht drifting away from New South Wales coast. Two commercial jets were called in by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Tuesday morning to assist in the search for a missing [...]

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F-35 Makes Its Mark in Marine Corps, Air Force

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

The engines roared overhead as a Lockheed Martin F-35B fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for U.S. test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane. The F-35, which features three variants to be used by the Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, [...]

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Myanmar to Excavate Spitfire Fighters

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

Myanmar has signed a deal with a British aviation enthusiast to allow the excavation of a World War II treasure: dozens of Supermarine Spitfire fighter planes buried by the British almost 70 years ago. Aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall discovered the locations of the aircraft after years of searching. The planes are believed to be [...]

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Bombardier Starts Building Boeing, Airbus Competitor

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Bombardier took another step toward breaking the Boeing-Airbus lock on the narrowbody jet market Monday, saying it has begun assembling its rival CSeries jet, and that it is still on course to start flight-testing by year-end, despite concerns that timetable could slip. Fuselage and other parts for the first CSeries plane, which will include assemblies [...]

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Retired Airman Recalls First USAF Flight Over North Pole

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

(Editor’s note: This “Through Airmen’s Eyes” story, a regular feature published by the U.S. Air Force, is a first-person account of what some aeronautical experts claim is the first airplane flight over the geographical North Pole. The flight took place in 1946, just as the Cold War was beginning. “The only thing that stood between [...]

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Light Plane Missing After Leaving Half Moon Bay

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

A search is under way for a single-engine airplane that flew out of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday morning bound for Arizona but never reached its destination, aviation officials said. The Aeropro CZ A240 left around 5:50 a.m., and the pilot’s wife said he intended to make a fuel stop in Apple Valley, said Federal [...]

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Yeager Re-Enacts Sound Barrier Flight

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of a McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle as it broke the sound [...]

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Baumgarter Sets Records in Successful Jump Attempt

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Felix reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph (1,342.8 kmh) or  Mach 1.24. This preliminary figure would make him the first man to break the [...]

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