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Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its […]
Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series begins in February with “They Dared to Fly” in honor of Black History Month. Join several of the original Tuskegee Airmen as they share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. This event features open-forum and question-and-answer sessions. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee […]

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London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter, an Augusta A109E flown by Surrey-based charter […]
Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the […]

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

Four years ago, Capt. Sully Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. On Monday, his copilot, Jeff Skiles, was at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. “Everybody on board that aircraft has some memory of where they were standing, where they were sitting, so it’s always going to be impactful to come back […]
California School Gets 727 for Program

California School Gets 727 for Program

A FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet with 47,900 hours under its wings made its final flight Thursday morning, landing at Riverside (Calif.) Municipal Airport under a ceremonial water arch to become a laboratory for students in California Baptist University’s new aviation science program. Professor C. Daniel Prather, chairman of the university’s aviation science program, said […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Camille Lagesse, a Canadian WWI fighter ace credited with 20 victories. 1912 – Lt. Commander Charles Samson flies a Short S.38 from the deck of battleship HMS Africa moored in the River Medway, England, becoming the first British naval aviator. 1945 – A U.S. Army Air Corps Northrop P-61B Black Widow, […]
U.S. DC-8 Operations Winding Down

U.S. DC-8 Operations Winding Down

After nearly 54 years of service, DC-8 operations in the U.S. are set to become even rarer with the pending retirement of Air Transport International’s (ATI) remaining DC-8 fleet, according to an Aviation Week report on Tuesday. ATI is withdrawing its last four DC-8s from service early this year and replacing them with 757s. Once […]

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787 Woes Continue, This Time on ANA, JAL

787 Woes Continue, This Time on ANA, JAL

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight by Japan’s All Nippon Airways had to be cancelled Wednesday because of a brake problem, an airport spokesman said, the third problem to hit the aircraft in as many days. ANA 698 was cancelled because brake parts from the rear left undercarriage needed to be replaced, said the spokesman at Yamaguchi […]
Aviation Buff’s Cockpit Display Draws Driveway Crowd

Aviation Buff’s Cockpit Display Draws Driveway Crowd

A plane enthusiast restored the cockpit of a Cold War fighter jet and proudly parked it on his driveway. Neil McCarthy, 37, renovated the nose of the battered de Havilland Vampire T.11 jet for display in front of his family home in Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, England. He says his wife Amanda and children Ryan, two, and Nathan, 18 months, […]
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