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This One’s for the Pros

This One’s for the Pros

So here’s another gift suggestion, but it’s not for the faint of heart: unusual attitude flight training in an Aero L-39 turbojet! OK, I admit this one truly isn’t for everybody, but if you know a professional pilot who flies high-performance aircraft, you may want to suggest a call to Stallion 51 Corp. Based in […]
Texas L-29 Crash Kills 2

Texas L-29 Crash Kills 2

Emergency crews and investigators remained at the scene of a plane crash Thursday afternoon near the border of Kaufman and Ellis counties southeast of Dallas, Texas. Video from KTVT’s Chopper 11 showed the limited burned out remains of what was a fixed-wing jet aircraft. CBS 11 News sources have confirmed two people were on the plane. Federal […]

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Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Don Horst of Newton, Kan., hopes to be not only among the clouds on his birthday today, but also to celebrate a rebirth as he does. Horst, who was once a professional charter pilot headquartered at the Newton City/County Airport, wants to take his rebuilt 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser on a maiden voyage Thursday. […]
Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Herc

Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Herc

Lockheed Martin delivered a C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force at formal ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., on Wednesday. This is one of the initial three aircraft of a total of six C-130Js ordered by Iraq. The other two of these initial three aircraft departed yesterday for Iraq. The remaining three C-130Js will be […]

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Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. This is the first time that the dispute over the islands — which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu — has involved aircraft, introducing a new sphere of […]
DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

Prominent Wayne County, Ga., businessman Rick Poppell, 52, died Monday night in a plane crash in Lowndes County. Poppell’s Diamond Aircraft DA40 airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Valdosta Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the four-seater Austrian-made aircraft. Searchers looked for Poppell throughout the night and into Tuesday morning before sighting the wreckage. […]

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American Airlines Receives First U.S. 777-300ER

American Airlines Receives First U.S. 777-300ER

Boeing delivered to American Airlines its first 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner on Tuesday as part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort and global network strategy. The delivery makes the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier the first U.S. airline to add the 777-300ER to its fleet. American Airlines plans for the airplane to enter service in early […]
Kyle Franklin Debuts ‘Dracula’ Biplane

Kyle Franklin Debuts ‘Dracula’ Biplane

After the tragic loss of his wife Amanda in an airshow accident, Kyle Franklin will return to the circuit with a dramatic new airplane. Revealed this week at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas, “Dracula” is a highly customized biplane with the retro appeal of early Waco racers – speed […]

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Speaking of Gifts…

Speaking of Gifts…

As I mentioned in my last post, the gift of flight is a great one for any young boy or girl, even the young at heart. While I agree that an airplane ride might not be feasible for everyone, there are some ground-based alternatives. One of our advertisers is Ikarus, maker of a nice line […]
Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Retired Marine Pilot Remembers Pearl Harbor

Gene Morrison remembers being a 19-year-old boy on a double date on Dec. 7, 1941, when he first heard news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left nearly 2,500 people dead and a thousand more wounded. By April the following year, he was enlisted in the service, beginning a 30-plus year career where […]
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