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Airline Cancellations from Sandy Extend to Thursday

Airline Cancellations from Sandy Extend to Thursday

Airline cancellations continued to mount, with a few carriers beginning to cancel flights scheduled for Thursday. Superstorm Sandy is now blamed for the cancellation of 18,100 flights, stretching from Saturday to Wednesday, according to the travel monitoring site Flightaware.com. The canceled flights were primarily to and from storm-ravaged cities along the East Coast. About 50 or so […]
Boeing 787s for United Airlines Delayed

Boeing 787s for United Airlines Delayed

Boeing said delivery of at least two 787 jets for United Airlines was taking longer than expected, a surprise hitch in delivery to its first U.S. customer that is set to disappoint some customers wanting to ride the new fuel-efficient aircraft. The aircraft builder said it is working diligently to complete United’s next 787s for delivery but […]

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Myanmar Spitfire Recovery Effort Gains Sponsor

Myanmar Spitfire Recovery Effort Gains Sponsor

Aircraft enthusiast David Cundall’s efforts to recover the British Supermarine Spitfires reportedly buried in Burma at the end of World War II will be funded by Wargaming, the creator of the award-winning games World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and the upcoming World of Warships, the company announced yesterday. The investment will allow Cundall and the […]
Sandy Ravages Airline Schedules as Toll Rivals Blizzards’

Sandy Ravages Airline Schedules as Toll Rivals Blizzards’

Airlines scrapped one in five scheduled U.S. flights today after the Atlantic superstorm Sandy flooded New York’s airports and spawned disruptions rivaling the toll from recent blizzards. The former hurricane, now termed a post-tropical cyclone, grounded 6,117 U.S. flights, or 20 percent of the day’s total, according to data compiled by industry researcher FlightAware. All […]

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Su-24 Crashes, Pilots Survive

Su-24 Crashes, Pilots Survive

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed on Tuesday during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region, in the country’s Ural Mountains region, when its nose cone came off, the Defense Ministry said. “After an unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and […]
Japan Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found

Japan Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found

Japan shut down Sendai Airport in the northeast last night after construction workers found an undetonated bomb believed to be from World War II near a runway. A total of 92 domestic and international flights were canceled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) explosive was found around 10:15 p.m. yesterday by workers at the southern end of one […]

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Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre Unveils Rebuilt Vintage Plane

Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre Unveils Rebuilt Vintage Plane

Saturday was a big day for the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre in Montreal. Fourteen years after opening shop in an old barn, it unveiled the first of what it hopes will be many replicas of classic Canadian aircrafts. Volunteers didn’t have much to work with when they rebuilt this vintage plane from the 1920s. Scarce plans,” […]
Too Tired to Fly?

Too Tired to Fly?

Did Ambien kill four U.S. Air Force special operators returning from a classified five-hour spy-plane mission in February? The four – two special-ops pilots and two sensor operators – were aboard a perfectly-functioning Air Force aircraft, a military version of the venerable Pilatus PC-12, as it prepared for a night-time landing at Ambouli International Airport […]

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Sandy a Nightmare as Airlines Ground 14,000 Flights

Sandy a Nightmare as Airlines Ground 14,000 Flights

The number of flight cancellations resulting from Hurricane Sandy is now pushing 14,000, according to the FlightAware flight-tracking service. And that number —13,785 as of 4:30 p.m. ET — still seems likely to grow over the next day as Sandy moves onshore and heads inland. For the complete story by USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh, click here.
Legendary WWII Pilot Defeated German, Japanese Foes

Legendary WWII Pilot Defeated German, Japanese Foes

Dean “Diz” Laird is a legend, the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese planes during World War II. Despite close calls — once, his shot-up plane skidded across an aircraft carrier’s flight deck — Diz possessed a fighter pilot’s essential attribute: Supreme self-confidence. “It never entered my mind that […]
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