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Northrop Grumman 2-Seat Firebird Makes First Flight

Northrop Grumman 2-Seat Firebird Makes First Flight

With temperatures hovering around zero, there were few witnesses around Mojave (Calif.) Air and Space Port early on Sunday morning to see a new two-seat production derivative of Northrop Grumman’s secretly-developed Firebird make its first flight. The optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) is a 30-percent bigger version of the medium-altitude unmanned air vehicle demonstrator first revealed […]
Emirates A380 Engine Explodes, Forces Landing

Emirates A380 Engine Explodes, Forces Landing

An Emirates flight from Sydney to Dubai made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff because of an engine fault, the airline said Monday. Passengers reported hearing a loud bang and seeing flames coming from the engine of the Airbus A380 after it took off from Sydney on Sunday night. The plane landed without incident and […]

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Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

Low-Cost Chinese Drone to be Unveiled at Zhuhai Show

China’s latest domestically produced unmanned aircraft will make its public debut at the biennial Airshow China in Zhuhai, near Hong Kong, this week, taking center stage in a global drone market potentially worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. The Wing Loong, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by the China Aviation Industry Corp., bears […]
Doolittle Raiders: ‘Just a Bunch of Guys Doing Our Jobs’

Doolittle Raiders: ‘Just a Bunch of Guys Doing Our Jobs’

The first thing you notice when 97-year-old Lt. Col. Richard Cole walks in the room is what’s missing: no cane, no eyeglasses, no old-guy shuffle. He locks onto a stranger’s handshake. “Let’s sit outside,” he says, eyes sweeping a vine-draped patio mottled by the midday sun. “It’d be a shame to miss out on that.” Cole […]

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Turkish Army Helicopter Crash Kills 17

Turkish Army Helicopter Crash Kills 17

A Turkish military helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels crashed because of bad weather on Saturday, killing all 17 troops onboard, officials said. Thirteen soldiers and four military crewmembers were killed in the crash in a mountainous part of Pervari district in Siirt province, in southeastern Turkey, where the rebel Kurdistan Worker’s Party […]
Southwest Plane Slides Off Denver Taxiway

Southwest Plane Slides Off Denver Taxiway

A Southwest Airlines jetliner slid off an icy taxiway at Denver International Airport Saturday evening without producing any injuries, officials said. Southwest Flight 1905 had just landed following a flight from Oakland, Calif., when the mishap occurred just before 5 p.m., KMGH-TV, Denver, reported. The 125 passengers and five crew members aboard the Boeing 737 […]

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Police Seize $450,000 in Drugs from Airplane

Police Seize $450,000 in Drugs from Airplane

A Fulton, Mo., Police Department investigation led to two major drug arrests Friday when $450,000 worth of marijuana was seized from an airplane that had landed shortly after midnight at Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton. Arrested were the pilot, Russell Hansen, 56, Wynantskill, N.Y., and Jacob M. Beaty-Martinez, 21, Bakersfield, Calif. Both were taken to Callaway […]
Stealth Chinese Fighter Similar to U.S. Prototypes

Stealth Chinese Fighter Similar to U.S. Prototypes

China’s second stealth fighter jet, the J-31 Falcon Eagle, looks remarkably like earlier models of a twin-engine variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Last week’s maiden flight of the JSF’s Chinese doppelgänger comes less than two years after the inaugural flight of China’s first twin-engine J-20 Black Eagle stealth fighter, built by Chengdu Aircraft. […]

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Algerian Military Plane Crashes in France Kills Four

Algerian Military Plane Crashes in France Kills Four

An Algerian military transport plane flying home from Paris crashed in southeast France on Friday, killing four of the six people aboard, police and fire brigade sources said. They said the other two people were missing after the plane crashed in a mountainous, uninhabited area near the city of Avignon. About 70 firefighters put out a blaze at […]
Tuskegee Airmen Veteran Carter Dies

Tuskegee Airmen Veteran Carter Dies

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Herbert E. Carter died Thursday at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala. He was 95. Carter was a university alumnus and member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He flew combat missions during the North African, Sicilian, Italian and European campaigns […]
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