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Houston Now Home to Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

Houston, you have a space shuttle …carrier aircraft. NASA’s original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), referred to using its tail number, NASA 905, was most recently used to fly space shuttle Endeavour to [...]

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Czech Pilot Dies in Training Crash

Nov 24, 2012 No Comments

The pilot of the Czech subsonic one-seat L-159 military aircraft that crashed in central Bohemia, the western region of the Czech Republic, on Thursday afternoon was found dead in its wreckage, general staff spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova told CTK, the country’s news agency. A commission of the Defence Ministry in charge of air accidents will investigate the [...]

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Air New Zealand Debuts Precious 777

Nov 24, 2012 No Comments

On the heels of Air New Zealand’s enormously popular The Hobbit-themed safety briefing video (viewed by more than a million non-flying people daily) comes a Boeing 777 painted in a livery that also pays homage to Kiwi Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie. For more images on The Dallas Morning News.com, click here.

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Fighter Completes Landing Test on Chinese Carrier

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

China’s indigenous carrier-based fighter, the Shenyang J-15, has completed landing tests on the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, state media reported on Wednesday. In a sign that the carrier could soon be operational, the tests took place on Tuesday during a 19-day period of sea trials in the northern Bohai Sea that began on November [...]

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The Wright Stuff?

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

There is something of the 19th century about Eric Raymond. Devoted to making commercial solar-powered aircraft, he would have thrived in the Victorian heyday of the private inventor. Most fell by the wayside; their ideas outran their ability or their money. But the names of the successes—Morse, Dunlop, Bell, Diesel and even, to stretch the [...]

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The Creation of the Wright Company

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

On this day in 1909, a company was incorporated that would eventually build the first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. It was called the Wright Company. Local aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson tells us the story. Last time we spoke, I described the momentous flight Wilbur Wright made in New York City in 1909 [...]

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Yemeni Military Plane Crashes, Killing 10

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

A Yemeni military plane crashed early Wednesday during training over the capital, Sanaa, killing all 10 people on board, security officials said. The Russian-made Antonov aircraft plunged from the sky and crashed into an empty market in al-Hassaba district at the heart of the Yemeni capital, destroying several shops, the officials said. The market has [...]

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USAF Receives First Combat-Ready HC-130J

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments

Making its U.S. Air Force debut, the first combat-ready Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II touched down on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., as the centerpiece of an induction ceremony presided by Col. Jason Hanover, 563rd Rescue Group commander Nov. 15. The 563rd Rescue Group directs flying operations for the Air Force’s only active duty rescue [...]

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