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Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. This is the first time that the dispute over the islands — which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu — has involved aircraft, introducing a new sphere of […]
DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

Prominent Wayne County, Ga., businessman Rick Poppell, 52, died Monday night in a plane crash in Lowndes County. Poppell’s Diamond Aircraft DA40 airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Valdosta Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the four-seater Austrian-made aircraft. Searchers looked for Poppell throughout the night and into Tuesday morning before sighting the wreckage. […]

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American Airlines Receives First U.S. 777-300ER

American Airlines Receives First U.S. 777-300ER

Boeing delivered to American Airlines its first 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner on Tuesday as part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort and global network strategy. The delivery makes the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier the first U.S. airline to add the 777-300ER to its fleet. American Airlines plans for the airplane to enter service in early […]
Kyle Franklin Debuts ‘Dracula’ Biplane

Kyle Franklin Debuts ‘Dracula’ Biplane

After the tragic loss of his wife Amanda in an airshow accident, Kyle Franklin will return to the circuit with a dramatic new airplane. Revealed this week at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas, “Dracula” is a highly customized biplane with the retro appeal of early Waco racers – speed […]

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Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Gene Morrison remembers being a 19-year-old boy on a double date on Dec. 7, 1941, when he first heard news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left nearly 2,500 people dead and a thousand more wounded. By April the following year, he was enlisted in the service, beginning a 30-plus year career where […]
Tyndall AFB Air Show Cancelled

Tyndall AFB Air Show Cancelled

The 2013 air show at a Florida Panhandle military base has been canceled because of budget cuts. U.S. Air Force Lt. Melanie Holiday told The News Herald that officials at Tyndall Air Force Base had been planning for their March show when senior military officials told them to stop. About 75,000 people attended the Gulf Coast […]

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USAF X-37B Mini-Shuttle Shrouded in Secrecy

USAF X-37B Mini-Shuttle Shrouded in Secrecy

The military’s mysterious mini-shuttle is set to launch this week on a classified mission that has captured the imaginations of everyone from amateur satellite trackers to anti-nuclear protestors and potential military adversaries Russia and China. Built by Boeing’s secretive Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Air Force X-37B spacecraft is rumored to be everything […]
Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

A kit-plane manufacturer is eyeing a vacant manufacturing plant to expand its operations in Bend, Ore. The City Council voted last week to transfer a lease of airport land from Cessna Aircraft to Epic Aircraft, and officials say the two companies are negotiating on a sale of the building. Epic wanted Cessna’s vacant building to expand production beyond kit planes […]

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Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said “everything points toward” it being the U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside […]
Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, died Friday, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today’s Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas, where he died at […]
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