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California Crash Kills Family of Three

Dec 30, 2012 2 Comments

Three people killed in a plane crash near Lakeside, Calif., on Saturday have been identified as a husband and wife from Arizona and their teen-aged daughter. William Arthur Stern Jr., 65, his wife, Jennifer, 53, and their daughter, Katelyn, 19, all perished when the four-seat, home-built Lancair IV-P plane they were flying home crashed, the [...]

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U.S. Plane Leaves Iran After Emergency Landing

Dec 30, 2012 No Comments

A small American executive plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported. The Dassault Falcon 900 was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran [...]

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Sandy Hook Students Get Chance to Smile at Sikorsky Airport

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

The students visiting Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Conn., on Friday looked like any bunch of students on a school trip. As they toured a hangar looking at classic aircraft, they raced under a plane’s wings, acted as if they were pilots and looked a little bored as a volunteer explained the history of one of the planes. [...]

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Four Dead as Russian Airliner Overshoots Runway, Catches Fire

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

Four people were killed when a Russian Tupolev Tu-204 medium-haul airliner overshot the runway while landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and caught fire on Saturday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear. Sources in the Emergencies Ministry said pilot error is being viewed as the probable cause. There were eight people [...]

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NASA: Commercial Hypersonic Planes Decades Away

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Like some hypersonic carrot, the idea of breakfast in Paris; breakfast again in New York; then late night cocktails in Tokyo — all within the same 12 hour workday — has been dangled in front of the flying public for so long now that any mention of Mach 7 aircraft may trigger involuntary eye-rolls. Hypersonics using [...]

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One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

“Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!” Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor’s engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. “I thought, ‘This is it,’ and then all of a sudden, brrrr!” he said, describing the sound [...]

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B-2 Spirit Radar is Updated

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. fleet of 20 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers recently received new radar systems. In the Radar Modernization Program (RMP), Northrop Grumman—maker of the B-2 and manager of RMP—says installation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was finished ahead of schedule in September [2012]. The installation was once slated to be complete in 2010 and [...]

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F-35 Struggling to Fly Out of Harm’s Way

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

After years of delays, cost issues and technical glitches, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is moving toward becoming operational. The Marine Corps is moving aggressively to be first with the JSF by kicking off operations at Yuma, Arizona, with squadron VMFA (AW)-121 “Green Knights” early in 2013. The JSF’s future depends largely [...]

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