Baumgarter Sets Records in Successful Jump Attempt

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Felix reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph (1,342.8 kmh) or  Mach 1.24. This preliminary figure would make him the first man to break the [...]

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County-Owned 737 Missing Engine

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

With Scot Spencer and San Bernardino (Calif.) International Airport, nothing is simple. When airport officials were asked to account for three engines that Spencer used along with a Boeing 727 as collateral for a $550,000 loan from the airport, there wasn’t a yes or no answer. Instead, there was a question: Where are the engines? Airport [...]

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What the … ? Unidentified Aero Ironing Board

Oct 12, 2012 1 Comment

It’s a given that Flight Journal readers have a strong interest in aviation history. One of the things that I think we all find appealing are photos of unusual aircraft. Sometimes, such photos come along as part of a puzzle—what is it? They are true Unidentified Flying Objects. Having more than 150,000 aviation negatives and [...]

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Court Orders Arrest of Kingfisher Airlines Boss

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

An Indian court Friday ordered the arrest of the highflying owner of Kingfisher Airlines for bouncing checks, adding to the beleaguered airline’s woes as its struggles to resume flights that have been grounded since the start of the month. The cash-strapped airline has stopped selling tickets on its website through Oct. 20 and is still [...]

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Storied F-111 Heads to New Home in Kentucky

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

Four vehicles carrying the Bowling Green, Ky., Aviation Heritage Park’s next exhibit are expected to arrive in town late Friday afternoon. Trailers are hauling the largest plane planned to be on display at the park: a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark flown on the 1986 raid on Libya led by Bowling Green’s Arnie Franklin, then an Air [...]

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Iraq to Buy Czech L-159 Trainer Jets

Oct 12, 2012 No Comments

The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported. “Further talks about purchasing the L-159 will take place on Friday between the Iraqi and Czech defense ministries,” he said. Talks [...]

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Mitsubishi to Build F-35s in Japan

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a local final assembly and checkout line for the F-35 Lightning II. The first Japanese-produced F-35 is scheduled to roll off Mitsubishi’s Nagoya line in 2017, says John Balderson, director of Japan F-35 business development for Lockheed Martin. “We are greatly honoured that Japan chose the F-35,” he adds, speaking to Flightglobal on the sidelines [...]

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New Orleans Proposed Hub for Start-Up Airline

Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

A Baton Rouge, La., businessman, whose investment group has long been looking to bring a low-cost airline hub to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, told the Regional Planning Commission this week that there’s just one thing standing in the way: He needs a nod from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “It’s in the mayor’s court,” said John Miller, [...]

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