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Air Force Celebrates Wright Brothers’ Flight

Dec 17, 2012 No Comments

The 109th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight will be celebrated Monday with a wreath laying at the Wright Brothers Memorial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. Eastern and is open to the public. Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of the Wright brothers and Colonel Cassie Barlow, 88th Air [...]

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Iraqi Airways Accepts New 777

Dec 17, 2012 No Comments

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad on Saturday, signalling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbours. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR plane [...]

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Qatar Airways Grounds 787, Boeing Investigating

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

Qatar Airways has been forced to ground one of its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners after it found the same fault that recently forced a United Airlines Dreamliner to make an emergency landing, its CEO said yesterday. “One of our Dreamliners has the same problem that the United plane had and I am very disappointed in Boeing,” Qatar [...]

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Iwakuni Fetes First Civilian Flight in 48 Years

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

A new military-civilian airport in the Japanese city of Iwakuni opened Thursday with an All Nippon Airways flight to Haneda airport in Tokyo, marking the first commercial flight from the area in 48 years. Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport in Yamaguchi Prefecture is the 98th airport in Japan and cost ¥1.32 billion, or more than $15 million, [...]

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Texas L-29 Crash Kills 2

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Emergency crews and investigators remained at the scene of a plane crash Thursday afternoon near the border of Kaufman and Ellis counties southeast of Dallas, Texas. Video from KTVT’s Chopper 11 showed the limited burned out remains of what was a fixed-wing jet aircraft. CBS 11 News sources have confirmed two people were on the plane. Federal [...]

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Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Don Horst of Newton, Kan., hopes to be not only among the clouds on his birthday today, but also to celebrate a rebirth as he does. Horst, who was once a professional charter pilot headquartered at the Newton City/County Airport, wants to take his rebuilt 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser on a maiden voyage Thursday. [...]

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Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

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 [...]

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DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

Dec 12, 2012 No Comments

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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