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Air New Zealand to Serve Antarctica

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

New Zealand’s flagship airline plans to open a new frontier by flying planes to Antarctica that pilots would land on an ice runway. But tourists wanting to travel to the frozen continent will need to keep their hopes in check. The chartered Air New Zealand flights would be for scientists and their support crews, and [...]

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Light Planes Intercepted in NYC No-Fly Zone

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

Fighter jets escorted a private plane to Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall, N.J., on Monday afternoon after the federal government said it was one of three to enter a no-fly zone over the United Nations in New York City. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons intercepted the three small planes and escorted them to area airports, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Alexandre Albert Roger Bretillon, French World War I flying ace. 1911 – Earle Lewis Ovington, an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, pilots the first official airmail flight in the U.S. in a Blériot XI; he carries a sack of mail from Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola, N.Y. 1931 – A [...]

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U.S. Navy Seahawk Crashes, Two Missing

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Three crew members aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday were found alive and in stable condition, the Navy said. Two others remained missing. The Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk was operating with the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. William P. Lawrence when it went down in the central Red Sea, which lies [...]

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C-17 Production May Be Extended

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Unless Boeing can sell a few more C-17 Globemaster III transports to international customers or strike a novel deal with the U.S. Air Force to swap old planes for new ones, the company will end production of the giant cargo plane in 2015 after a more than 20-year run. Trading old C-17s for new ones [...]

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DFC Recipient Who Saved Crew in WWII Dies

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Wichita, Kans., resident Richard “Dick” Ayesh wasn’t the type to talk much about his experiences during World War II. In fact, it wasn’t until eight years ago his family found out exactly what happened in November 1944, when his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was 15,000 feet in the air and he saved the lives of [...]

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Pilot Lands on Crowded Chicago Street

Sep 22, 2013 No Comments

Landing at an airport was not an option, so Chicago’s scenic and busy Lake Shore Drive had to do. That’s how 51-year-old pilot John Pedersen explained his decision to make an emergency landing of his airplane along the drive early Sunday morning after it developed mechanical problems. “I thought the plane was going to break apart, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, British World War I flying ace; he later downs an Albatros D.I, resulting in the capture of Crown Prince Frederich of Prussia. 1904 – Wilbur Wright makes the first-ever circuit flight, in the Flyer II. 1922 – The first flight over 200 mph is made by Sadi Lecointe in a Nieuport-Delage NiD 29 [...]

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