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Two New Travel Options for 787 Fans

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

Airline buffs of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, or those simply wanting to travel aboard one of the latest and greatest passenger twin jets, have a few more choices beginning this week. South America’s LAN Airlines became the first carrier to fly the 787 on an international route from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just ahead of United. [...]

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Military Drones Put to Good Use

Jan 03, 2013 1 Comment

A fledgling company in southern Alberta, Canada, is sending drone technology originally designed for the military into the sky to take pictures of sugar beets, potatoes and even cattle in an effort to help farmers better manage their crops and livestock. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used by Lethbridge-based Isis Geomatics can fit in a [...]

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Collings Foundation to Start Warbird Tour in Florida

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

The Collings Foundation’s 24th annual Wings of Freedom national tour will begin at this month’s Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., Jan. 17-20. The tour, which is set to visit more than 100 cities in less than a year, will include B-17 Flying Fortress veteran pilot Marvin Goldberg on the crew of its our inbound flight [...]

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Off Midway Atoll, a Famous Flying Dud

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

In the generally upbeat annals of American military aviation, the plump, snub-nosed little fighter called the Brewster Buffalo stands out as a turkey. The plane had its day of ignominy in the epic Battle of Midway in June 1942, when 19 Marine pilots valiantly engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, a strategic speck [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Frank A. Kappeler, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, was born in San Francisco. He was the navigator aboard one of the North American B-25 Mitchells used by the Doolittle Raiders to bomb Tokyo, Japan in 1942. 1918 - The U.K. forms its air ministry, appointing Lord Rothermere as secretary of state for [...]

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Kenyan Airliner Returns to Sudan After Fire

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

A Kenya Airways plane with 56 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after an engine caught fire, witnesses said on Wednesday. Nobody was hurt, but the incident on Tuesday night left passengers stranded in a country difficult for travel because credit cards do not work in Sudan due to [...]

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Two Airliners Damaged at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Jan 01, 2013 No Comments

Authorities say no one was injured when two airplanes got into a sort of fender-bender at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a taxiing Spirit Airlines Airbus A-320 clipped a US Airways Airbus A-320 that was parked Monday night in a remote area away from the gate. Authorities say the left wing of [...]

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Boeing Becomes No. 1 Airplane Maker in ’12

Jan 01, 2013 No Comments

Boeing is ending 2012 on a high note. For the first time in a decade, the Seattle-based company is ending the year as the world’s No. 1 airplane manufacturer, outselling and delivering more jets than its closest competitor, the French company Airbus, the Seattle Times reports. Boeing’s tally for commercial jet deliveries this year is 585. It’s [...]

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