Airlines scrapped one in five scheduled U.S. flights today after the Atlantic superstorm Sandy flooded New York’s airports and spawned disruptions rivaling the toll from recent blizzards. The former hurricane, now termed a post-tropical cyclone, grounded 6,117 U.S. flights, or 20 percent of the day’s total, according to data compiled by industry researcher FlightAware. All [...]
A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed on Tuesday during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region, in the country’s Ural Mountains region, when its nose cone came off, the Defense Ministry said. “After an unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and [...]
Japan shut down Sendai Airport in the northeast last night after construction workers found an undetonated bomb believed to be from World War II near a runway. A total of 92 domestic and international flights were canceled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) explosive was found around 10:15 p.m. yesterday by workers at the southern end of one [...]
Saturday was a big day for the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre in Montreal. Fourteen years after opening shop in an old barn, it unveiled the first of what it hopes will be many replicas of classic Canadian aircrafts. Volunteers didn’t have much to work with when they rebuilt this vintage plane from the 1920s. Scarce plans,” [...]
Did Ambien kill four U.S. Air Force special operators returning from a classified five-hour spy-plane mission in February? The four – two special-ops pilots and two sensor operators – were aboard a perfectly-functioning Air Force aircraft, a military version of the venerable Pilatus PC-12, as it prepared for a night-time landing at Ambouli International Airport [...]
The number of flight cancellations resulting from Hurricane Sandy is now pushing 14,000, according to the FlightAware flight-tracking service. And that number —13,785 as of 4:30 p.m. ET — still seems likely to grow over the next day as Sandy moves onshore and heads inland. For the complete story by USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh, click here.
Dean “Diz” Laird is a legend, the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese planes during World War II. Despite close calls — once, his shot-up plane skidded across an aircraft carrier’s flight deck — Diz possessed a fighter pilot’s essential attribute: Supreme self-confidence. “It never entered my mind that [...]
Classic Flyers NZ and Legacy Trust will celebrate the launch of its Legacy Jet Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand, today and the arrival of the museum’s Royal NZ Air Force Aermacchi MB-339 military trainer with a special launch event. Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says the launch offers a chance to get up close to the [...]