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Why The World’s Longest Flights Keep Getting Canceled (For Good)

Oct 26, 2012 No Comments

Singapore Airlines announced a $7.5 billion order for five new Airbus A380s and 20 A350s Wednesday for additional capacity growth and fleet renewal. As a footnote, however, it said this would result in the cessation of nonstop routes from Singapore to Los Angeles and Newark, putting an end to the world’s longest flights. Ultralong flights on the [...]

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American Airlines Plans to Hire 2,500 Pilots

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights. “The new American will be doing even more international flying, providing greater opportunities for career advancement and increased income for our people,” AMR Corp. CEO Thomas Horton said Wednesday in a [...]

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Museum of Flight Gets Historic ScanEagle Drone

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

In April 2009, a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft made by Boeing subsidiary Insitu helped in the rescue of sailors taken prisoner by Somali Pirates. Last Friday, Insitu donated the drone to Seattle’s Museum of Flight. “ScanEagle fills a special place in the museum’s collection of reconnaissance aircraft,” museum Chief Curator Dan Hagedorn said in a news release. “The fact that this [...]

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Photo: Two Generations of Naval Aviation

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The future of fixed-wing naval aviation flies with the U.S. Navy’s oldest aircraft. Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift performs a short takeoff in a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II assigned to the F-35 Integrated Test Facility while Jerry Gallagher and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene wait in a de Havilland NU-1B Otter from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot [...]

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U.S. Air Force to Fly Last X-51A Vehicle

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force says it now plans to fly the last in a series of four Boeing-built experimental hypersonic vehicles in late spring or early summer under a troubled testing program that the service weighed canceling following an Aug. 14 failure. During that flight, the third X-51A Waverider vehicle veered off course soon after [...]

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American Airlines Set to Get New Livery Soon

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

American Airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER has shown up at Paine Field, Wash., and not many were expecting to see a gray body with a white tail. Where is the polished aluminum? Is this a special livery for the 300ER or is this American moving to a completely new design? It looks like that they are [...]

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Oldest Battle of Britain Pilot Dies at 99

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died Sunday at home in London. Walker, a Spitfire fighter pilot, was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle on August 26, 1940, [...]

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2 Killed in Crash of Home-Built Plane

Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

Two people died Tuesday when a small plane crashed and burned north of the Byron, Calif., Airport, Contra Costa County authorities said. The experimental Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III, a single-engine, home-built airplane, crashed in a field 4 miles northeast of the airport at about 2 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities initially believed that [...]

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