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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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Woman Dies After East Texas Plane Crash

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

A Jacksonville, Texas, woman died Sunday evening after being involved in a plane crash Sunday afternoon. Officials say 60-year-old Debra Birch was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Jabiru aircraft when it crashed into a hanger bay at the Cherokee County Airport around 4:35 Sunday evening. According to Lynn Lunsford with the FAA, the plane was trying to [...]

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On the Last Flight of the RAAF C-130H Hercules

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

I’m sweaty, shaking and being sick for the third time and I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. The man next to me is also being persistently ill into his vomit bag and I have no idea where the ground is outside the gyrating tin can I’m stuck in. I’m honoured and excited to be [...]

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