The V-22 Osprey: Like No Other Aircraft

Oct 01, 2012 No Comments

Cutting edge. That’s how Capt. Michael Whiteford describes the MV-22B Osprey, the plane he pilots in the Marine Corps and the newest aircraft to be added to Marine Corps Aviation. “It’s something that has never existed before in the history of aviation,” Whiteford said. Whiteford, the son of a pilot, says he always knew he [...]

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Airport Board Hears Plans for Aviation Museum

Sep 30, 2012 1 Comment

Retired Northwest Airlines captain Steve Van Kirk and his brother Malcolm Van Kirk provided the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority in Wiley Ford, W.Va., with a presentation on a proposed aviation heritage museum at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport during its monthly meeting Thursday. “We would like you to think about it a little bit and [...]

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Courtland Air Show Brings Out Crowds

Sep 30, 2012 No Comments

Two weeks after a fatal crash at a Moontown, Ala., airport fly-in, at least 2,000 people turned out for the Courtland Air Show on Saturday, showing the enduring popularity of such events. George “Bud” Myers, 74, the former owner of Moontown Airport, and Chris Schmitt, a 17-year-old student pilot, were killed when the plane they [...]

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Naval Aviator Returns to Underwater Site of 1974 Crash

Sep 30, 2012 No Comments

Bob Besal went on a fishing trip this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. The 62-year-old retired rear admiral, who earned two Distinguished Flying Cross awards and spent a lifetime on the water and above it, didn’t catch any fish, but he did return with some memorable souvenirs. Twenty miles from shore and 80 [...]

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Nepalese Airliner Crashes, 19 Dead

Sep 29, 2012 No Comments

A plane carrying tourists to Lukla, the gateway town to Mount Everest, crashed in Bhaktapur on Friday, killing all 19 people, including four Nepalis, seven British and five Chinese passengers. The Sita Air twin-engine Dornier Do 228-202 was carrying three crew members — pilot Bijay Tandukar, co-pilot Takesingh Thapa and air-hostess Ruja Shakya — when [...]

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Two Die in Bandung Air Show Crash

Sep 29, 2012 No Comments

Two retired Air Force pilots died in a plane crash during the Bandung Air Show in Indonesia on Saturday. They are identified as Air Commodore (ret.) Norman T. Lubis and Lt. Col. (ret.) Toni Hartono. Both were members of Indonesian Aerosport Federation. Husein Sastranegara Air Base commander Col. Umar Sugeng said their AS 202 Bravo aircraft [...]

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With Planes on Ground, Accusations Fly at American Airlines

Sep 29, 2012 No Comments

Flight delays and cancellations continued for thousands of American Airlines passengers Friday as the carrier and its pilots traded barbs on who is to blame for the operational problems. Each side says the other is making disingenuous statements about pilot sick time and maintenance issues. American says pilots are filing last-minute maintenance requests and taxiing [...]

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VMA-211 Bloodied, Not Beaten, by Afghan Attack

Sep 28, 2012 No Comments

Two McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft appear to dot the gray sky, as ground crewmembers prepare for their arrival. The aircraft are more than 46 feet long and have a wingspan of 30 feet 4 inches. They roar through the Afghanistan sky, a symbol of U.S. Marine Corps air superiority. After a Sept. [...]

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