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Virginia Museum Opens New Aviation Gallery

Nov 16, 2012 No Comments

The grand opening of the Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, an exhibit that traces the history and future of aviation in the commonwealth, will be held tomorrow in Roanoke. Visitors will be able to explore hands-on exhibits and videos to understand the science of flight and aviation technology; listen to [...]

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RAF Museum Celebrates 40th Birthday

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

The Royal Air Force Museum, Britain’s only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation, opened 40 years ago today. Since then, the institution, spread across two sites, has welcomed more than 10 million visitors and has grown from four hangars and 40 aircraft to six hangars with more than 100 aircraft on display. The museum also has taken the [...]

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CAF Begins Fifi Fundraiser

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

Fifi, the last flying B-29 Superfortress in the world, is now at risk. During the last airshow flight of the season, the number two engine experienced a loss of power. The Commemorative Air Force crew returned safely to the airport, but it was soon determined the engine would need major repairs. At nearly $10,000 and 100 [...]

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Three Die After Aircraft Hits Mississippi House

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

A Ridgeland, Miss., man piloting a small plane and his two passengers died when the aircraft crashed into a west Jackson home early Tuesday evening. The single-engine aircraft, a Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six, struck the home of Loretta and Roosevelt Jamison of 220 Marcus L. Butler Drive, just off West Capitol Street near the Jackson [...]

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Airbus A350 XWB First Look

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

Airbus recently opened the final assembly line for its A350 XWB family of aircraft, giving aviation fanatics a closer look at the family of super efficient passenger planes designed to go head-to-head against rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 777s. But what exactly is this plane going to offer travelers? And why did it take Airbus [...]

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Emirates A380 Engine Explodes, Forces Landing

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

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

Nov 12, 2012 No Comments

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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Southwest Plane Slides Off Denver Taxiway

Nov 11, 2012 No Comments

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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