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  • Mystery Flight (More info about 2 pass. of KLM flight on the no fly list)

    04/16/2005 9:26:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 97 replies · 3,597+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Apr. 25, 2005 issue | Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh
    Fifteen minutes after KLM Flight 685 took off from Amsterdam for Mexico City on April 8, Mexican authorities forwarded the names of all the passengers to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The reason: the flight was scheduled to pass through U.S. airspace. by the time the Boeing 747 had finished its three-hour crossing of the Atlantic, Homeland Security screeners were on high alert. The names of two Saudi passengers aboard the KLM flight had begun producing "hits" on the screening center's lists of 70,000 suspect foreigners. The two Saudis, the database reported, were brothers and pilots who had attended...
  • Boeing to Build New Super Jet to Challenge Airbus A380

    04/09/2005 8:08:48 PM PDT · by COEXERJ145 · 103 replies · 3,270+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | Dominic O’Connell
    BOEING is to strike back at Airbus with the launch in a few months of a new version of the venerable Boeing 747 called the 747 Advanced. British Airways may become one of the first customers. Revelations of Boeing’s plans will intensify its commercial rivalry with Airbus, which is due to stage the first flight of its new $13.5 billion (£7.2 billion) A380 within weeks. It will supersede the 747 as the largest passenger airliner. The Boeing move will also add fuel to the trade battle between Europe and America over subsidies to aircraft makers. A breakdown in talks last...
  • Cracks caused 2002 China Airlines crash: report

    03/29/2005 4:31:57 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 37 replies · 1,128+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri. Feb. 25 2005 6:46 AM ET | Staff
    Crash investigators said Friday that fatigue cracks likely caused a China Airlines jetliner to split apart shortly after take-off and plunge into the Taiwan Strait in 2002, killing all 225 people on board. The cracks in the plane's tail section might have developed when the Boeing 747-200's tail hit the runway while taking off in Hong Kong in 1980, the Aviation Safety Council said in its final crash report. Flight CI611 from Taipei to Hong Kong broke up shortly after takeoff in May 2002 and crashed near the Penghu island chain, 50 kilometers off Taiwan's west coast. "The inflight...
  • Boeing's Wichita plant gets $55 million in new work (Airborne Laser/Missile Defense)

    03/16/2005 7:19:50 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 20 replies · 2,013+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Mar. 16, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Boeing Co.'s plant in Wichita, Kan., is getting $55 million in new work on the Air Force's airborne laser missile defense project, Sen. Pat Roberts said Wednesday. The Kansas Republican said the project would employ 30 to 40 engineers to install laser components onto modified 747 aircraft designed to shoot down ballistic missiles. "I am pleased that Boeing has recognized the skilled labor force in Wichita and has decided to bring this important work to their facility there," Roberts said. "It is my hope that as the (project) moves from prototype to full production, this work will remain...
  • Pentagon awards laser contract to Boeing

    03/15/2005 1:35:48 AM PST · by Righty_McRight · 22 replies · 568+ views
    Wichita Business Journal ^ | March 14, 2005 | Ken Vandruff
    The Department of Defense is ready to spend up to $300 million on a project to use a Boeing 747 as the flying platform for a laser that could shoot down incoming missiles. The Pentagon contracts instruct the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) to develop, integrate and test mission capabilities for the Airborne Laser program. The first delivery order is valued at $38 million. The modification work to fit the laser onto a 747 was done at Boeing's plant in Wichita. The aircraft flew for the first time in July 2002. The 747-400 has a nose turret and top-mounted laser targeting...
  • U.S. plans to act after 'careless' BA flight (FAA weighs steps over 747's long route w/1 engine out)

    03/07/2005 4:56:18 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 180 replies · 2,979+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, March 8, 2005 | Don Phillips
    WASHINGTON Federal Aviation Administration officials said on Monday that they were preparing to take strong action against British Airways, including a charge of "careless and reckless operation of an aircraft," because of the airline's decision to allow a Boeing 747 to fly from California to England with one engine inoperable. Under normal circumstances, the United States would not take action against British Airways because such issues would be handled by Britain. But senior U.S. aviation officials have become so concerned about the actions of the flight crew and its supervisors in London that they were preparing direct action. "We will...
  • Engine fails on BA jet twice in a week

    03/04/2005 9:46:29 AM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 39 replies · 1,194+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 4, 2005 10:06 AM ET | Staff
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British Airways passenger jet was forced to shut down one of its engines in mid-flight twice in one week after a replacement engine failed, the airline said Friday. In what BA described as a bizarre coincidence, the number two engine on a Boeing 747-400 plane flying from Singapore to London was shut down last month after the pilot received an oil pressure warning. The aircraft, carrying 356 passengers, arrived safely in London after flying for more than 10 hours on three of its four engines. The 747-400 is designed to fly safely on three engines. The...
  • High Anxiety, Part II: Same 747 Flies Again On Three Engines

    03/03/2005 11:06:24 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 27 replies · 1,325+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/4/2005 | SCOTT MCCARTNEY
    The same British Airways 747 that flew from Los Angeles to England on only three of its four engines had a repeat occurrence on its next round trip: It lost an engine en route from Singapore to London, but the crew continued, flying 11 hours with a dead engine. British Airways said Flight 18 left Singapore with 356 passengers shortly after 11:35 p.m. local time on Friday and suffered an engine failure three-and-half hours into the flight. As in the Los Angeles incident, the crew communicated with the airline's operations center in London and decided to continue. About 11 hours...
  • British Airways Action Attracts FAA Questions

    03/01/2005 3:08:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies · 716+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2005 | Sara Kehaulani Goo
    The Federal Aviation Administration said it is questioning British officials about a British Airways jet that headed for London's Heathrow airport from Los Angeles with only three of its four engines in operation. After an engine failed shortly after takeoff, the flight crew decided to continue to London but had to make an emergency landing in Manchester, England.
  • Jet Flies On With One Engine Out

    03/01/2005 2:11:22 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 147 replies · 3,458+ views
    LA Times ^ | Eric Malnic and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
    British Airways jumbo jet lost power in an engine on takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport last month, but the pilot elected not to make an emergency landing for repairs, deciding instead to continue the 5,400-mile, transatlantic flight to London on the remaining three engines, officials said Monday. Because of unfavorable winds and inefficiencies resulting from the engine loss, the Boeing 747-400 burned more fuel than anticipated, and the pilot was forced to cut the nonstop flight short and land in Manchester, England, the airline said. The incident occurred three days after the European Union required European-based carriers to compensate...
  • Boeing's 747 Large Cargo Freighter Development on Plan

    02/25/2005 8:23:17 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 90 replies · 2,905+ views ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Staff
    SEATTLE, Feb. 22, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today said development of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter is proceeding according to plan and the modified freighters will be ready to support final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2007. "We have a top-notch team of engineers working to design what will be one of the most unique airplanes flying," said 787 Vice President of Manufacturing and Quality Scott Strode. "This kind of modification is an engineer's dream. It's an extremely challenging project, and it's essential to the success of the Dreamliner." Boeing announced last week the critical "swing...
  • Boeing Selects EGAT for 747 Large Cargo Freighter Modifications

    02/18/2005 8:56:00 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 31 replies · 1,912+ views ^ | Feb. 18, 2005 | Staff
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Feb. 18, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has selected Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation (EGAT) to convert three 747-400 passenger jets into cargo freighters that will be used to transport major assemblies for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. EGAT is a joint venture of EVA Air and General Electric. It's part of Taiwan 's Evergreen Group. Boeing 787 Vice President of Manufacturing and Quality Scott Strode joined EGAT Chairman David Wang and EVA President K.W. Chang in Taipei today to formally sign the modification services agreement. Financial terms aren't being disclosed. "The Large Cargo Freighter is a critical...
  • Jumbo Boeing 747 Reworked To Fight Fires

    05/21/2004 4:31:02 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 56 replies · 782+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05-21-2004 | AP
    Jumbo Boeing 747 Reworked to Fight Fires ASSOCIATED PRESS McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - The first jumbo jet converted for use as a tanker in fighting forest fires could be ready for service by July, an aviation company said. The Boeing 747 could carry 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, 10 times as much as a conventional propeller tanker, Evergreen International Aviation said Thursday. The jet was converted over the past year and has made about 50 test flights in Arizona, the McMinnville, Ore.-based company said. The jet still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. "It represents one of...
  • Boeing 7E7 Will Use Air Transport for Component Delivery (Cool Pictures)

    10/14/2003 7:25:17 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 42 replies · 1,265+ views ^ |
    EVERETT, Wash., October 13, 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] will dramatically reduce the time to move components of its new 7E7 passenger plane to final assembly from suppliers by adopting air transportation as its primary method of parts delivery. The company projects possible savings of 20 to 40 percent compared to traditional shipping methods, with delivery times of as little as one day, rather than as many as 30 days for other programs today. Such savings will allow the initial 7E7 investment in the air transportation assets to be recouped in the first few years of production. "Transporting large pieces...
  • Rush Limbaugh jokes about 747 hitting WTC June 25,1993?

    09/04/2003 2:01:10 PM PDT · by TheMilkMan · 33 replies · 350+ views
    Unofficial Summary of the Rush Limbaugh Show for Friday, June 25, 1993 ^ | June 25,1993 | John
    Rush hasn't talked about the Islamic extremists who were just arrested in the midst of planning a wave of assaults against New York. The FBI supposedly walked in on the guys while they were making their "witches brew" of explosives. Rush saw a political cartoon that illustrated this problem - an immigration officer allowing a terrorist with a lighted bomb into the country. There are people who think that terrorism can't be stopped in a free society, but Rush isn't so sure. However, he is curious at the reports that there will be "security" at the tunnels coming into New...
  • Emergency situation declared at Ben-Gurion Airport

    07/24/2003 3:48:42 AM PDT · by yonif · 22 replies · 246+ views
    13:35 Emergency situation declared at Ben-Gurion Airport ahead of possible emergency landing of El Al 747 plane (Haaretz)
  • Taiwan China Air Crash Probe Finds Metal Fatigue

    06/03/2003 5:16:52 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 1 replies · 277+ views
    yahoo/reuters ^ | Tue, Jun 03, 2003 | By Michael Kramer
    TAOYUAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - A probe into last year's crash of a China Airlines jet, which plunged into the sea killing all 225 people aboard, found metal fatigue cracks that penetrated the skin of the aircraft, Taiwan investigators said Tuesday. The cracks -- as well as signs of metal corrosion -- had been covered by a patch called a "repair doubler," which was added as reinforcement to the plane after its tail struck a runway over 20 years earlier. The Boeing 747-200 disintegrated in mid-flight near Taiwan's Penghu islands while on its way to Hong Kong on May 25 last...
  • Legendary pilot honored with lifetime achievement award

    05/01/2003 11:43:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 743+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | May 1, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    LANCASTER - He has flown 240 different kinds of aircraft, logging 16,700 hours of flight time while setting records and performing test piloting feats that are the "right stuff" of aviation history. Contrary to the popular image of high-flying test pilots, however, the one thing that everyone who has met Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton notes is his courtly "Southern gentleman" manner. Despite his many noteworthy accomplishments and awards, Fulton remains "so humble," said Paula Smith, executive director of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. "He always seems surprised when someone honors him." Fulton's already long list of awards was lengthened recently...
  • FAA proposal could level playing field in long-haul flying

    12/17/2002 1:11:48 PM PST · by zingzang · 8 replies · 228+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/17/02 | David Bowermaster
    By David Bowermaster Seattle Times aerospace reporter One of the few perceived weaknesses of the Boeing 777 relative to its Airbus competition could be eliminated if the federal government adopts a proposal made yesterday to extend rules governing long-haul operations of twin-engine jets to three- and four-engine aircraft. Such a policy shift by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would force the four-engine Airbus A340 and the Boeing 747 to meet the same safety requirements as the twin-engine 777. Such a leveling of the regulatory playing field could help Boeing extend the 777's already considerable sales lead over the A340, particularly...
  • Bogus Airline Mechanic Spotted Inside 747 Jet

    12/12/2002 9:47:57 AM PST · by ewing · 78 replies · 768+ views
    Mainichi Interactive Media ^ | December 12, 2002 | Top News staff
    Police said the man was sitting on top of a stepladder, with his upper body buried inside a Boeing 747 through an access door at the bottom of the plane when a real All Nippon Air mechanic spotted him about 9 PM.When the real mechanic asked who he was, the man who was aged between 20 and 30 and was about 165 cm tall, rushed down the ladder, jumped on a bike parked nearby and fled.The mechanic told police that the man's costume and a bag he was carrying looked like genuine Airline service products.Transport Ministry officials carried out a...