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  • Ex-safety investigator says incident is ‘extremely rare’ (Man sucked out over NM in 1973)

    04/19/2018 11:05:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 19, 2018 | Maddy Hayden
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Many were horrified on Tuesday upon learning an Albuquerque woman was killed after being partially pulled out of a plane when a nearby window was smashed by debris from an exploding engine. “Two words: extremely rare,” said Alan Diehl, a former air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Air Force, of incidents involving passengers being pulled from planes in flight. But on Nov. 3, 1973, a similar scenario unfolded on a flight over southwest New Mexico heading from Houston to Las Vegas, Nev. Then, a Texas man died after he...
  • Freeper airplane pilots ? (Unbridled, off-the-rails vanity)

    02/14/2018 8:37:40 AM PST · by Celerity · 52 replies
    Self | 2/14/18 | Celerity
    Greetings and Salutations to everyone on this fine Valentine's day and I hope this stupid little Vanity I spit out finds it's way to your eyeballs. I'm moving my family across the country, but I'm not sure where yet. Luckily, this thread isn't about that. What it is about is my simmering desire to take to the air. When I move across the country, I really want to se my next goal to be a private airplane owner. But I know nothing on the topic. I mean I read a lot on it, but I'm itching to talk to someone...
  • Boeing surges after reporting record jet deliveries and massive order backlog

    01/09/2018 7:36:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan. 9, 2018 | Phil LeBeau | Leslie Josephs
    Boeing delivered a record number of commercial airplanes last year, the company reported Tuesday, firing up a rally in the company's stock. The aerospace giant delivered 763 planes, one more than its previous high set in 2015. The company's stock rallied after the report, closing up 2.7 percent at $318.43 and leading the Dow industrials higher. Boeing, whose shares have more than doubled over the last 12 months, said it booked orders for 912 commercial airplanes, the seventh highest annual total for the company.
  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims December 17, 2017, As Wright Brothers Day

    12/18/2017 1:44:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    On December 17, 1903, a handcrafted biplane lifted off the soft sand of a windswept beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, ushering in the age of aviation. The flight lasted a mere 12 seconds, and covered only 120 feet, but it changed the course of history. On Wright Brothers Day, we honor the two American pioneers from Dayton, Ohio, who first achieved powered flight, one of the most remarkable triumphs of the 20th century. Orville and Wilbur Wright shared a fascination with flight and a desire to push the limits of the possible. They were bicycle mechanics by trade, and...
  • December 17 is the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight

    12/17/2017 8:45:42 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 21 replies ^ | 12/17/2017 | Va Viper
    Today is the anniversary of mankind's first powered flight, achieved at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 December 1903 by pioneer American aviators Wilbur and Orville Wright (1867-1912 and 1871-1948, respectively). The Wrights - Dayton, Ohio bicycle mechanics - become interested in aviation as an avocation and embarked on a systematic experimental program that eventually led to their extraordinary success - of which movable wing parts and a lightweight engine were the key elements. Prior To the powered flight, the brothers completed over one thousand glides from atop Big Kill Devil Hill. These flying skills were a crucial component of...
  • 2 wingsuit flyers BASE jump into a plane in mid-air (VIDEO, HOLY SMOKES!!!)

    11/29/2017 5:47:54 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 28, 2017
    French wingsuit flyers recently completed an unbelievable stunt following a B.A.S.E. jump from the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland. Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, known as the Soul Flyers, caught up with and flew into a plane in mid-air. As part of their project A Door in the Sky, which they had spent several months training for by completing more than 100 test flights in Empuriabrava in Spain, the duo B.A.S.E jumped from the top of the Jungfrau, one of Europe’s highest mountains, and flew into a Pilatus Porter light aircraft in mid-air. Now that's a different way...
  • America's Unfriendly Skies

    09/19/2017 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    Liberals love to portray Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried, valiantly, to shed that criticism -- but then why are so many in the party defending the special interests of private- and corporate-jet owners over the interests of the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need taxpayer subsidies to jet across the country? At issue here is the proposed modernization of the operations and pricing of America's air traffic control system. President Donald Trump has proposed an air traffic control upgrade that would take the system out of the...
  • Anti-fascist protesters want Balbo monument in Chicago removed

    08/24/2017 7:20:02 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 24, 2017 | Toney Briscoe
    Anti-fascist protesters want Balbo monument in Chicago removed Tony Briscoe August 24, 2017 Anti-fascist protesters in Chicago are now demanding a monument gifted by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini be taken down. About 50 protesters, some of whom traveled from Rockford and Indiana, gathered around the Balbo monument in Burnham Park, where they railed against city officials for allowing a greenish breccia column to stand as a tribute to a fascist regime. The monument is an ancient Roman pillar seated atop a large stone base that reads, in part: "Fascist Italy with the sponsorship of Benito Mussolini presents to Chicago" this...
  • Galveston County men accused of destroying airplanes, defrauding insurance companies

    07/31/2017 7:32:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Galveston News ^ | July 29, 2017 | Matt Degrood
    Galveston County men accused of destroying airplanes, defrauding insurance companies By MATT DEGROOD The Daily News Jul 29, 2017 2 Two Galveston County men face multiple wire fraud charges in what federal law enforcement officers allege was a plan to destroy aircraft and other vehicles for insurance money, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court. Theodore Robert Wright III, of Kemah and Las Vegas, and Shane Gordon, of League City, were among four people charged with fraud and conspiracy in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, records show. Both men are charged with one...
  • Woman dies after jet engine air blast

    07/13/2017 5:21:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | July 13, 2017
    A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground. The incident happened at the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, which is just metres from the sea. Beachgoers can walk up to the airport fence as planes take off.
  • Addressing the National Pilot Shortage

    06/06/2017 4:07:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 6, 2017 | Congressman Mike Coffman
    For the 115th Congress that began on January 2017, I became the Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. In this new position, I deal with a wide range of issue that impact our national security. One somewhat surprising issue the committee is currently confronting is a growing military pilot shortage. Right now, the U.S. Air Force alone is short more than 1,500 pilots and the short fall is increasing yearly. In return for their flight training, most pilots sign an initial service commitment of about 12 years. When their obligated service ends, many, but not all, of...
  • Cleared for take-off: Harrison Ford takes to the skies... less than two weeks [tr]

    03/06/2017 6:16:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2017 | Staff
    There seems to be no keeping Harrison Ford out of the sky. Less than two weeks after nearly colliding with a passenger plane while coming in to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, the 74-year-old actor returned to the skies once again on Saturday. Dressed in dark blue jeans, brown boots and a beige T-shirt, the Indiana Jones star was seen inspecting his helicopter at Santa Monica Airport in LA, shortly before taking off in the aircraft.
  • Germany’s He 177 Bomber Was a Big Mistake

    12/21/2016 6:59:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 21, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Put yourself in the shoes of a German pilot during World War II. It’d be more than just a bit concerning if your assignment was to fly the “Flaming Coffin,” a.k.a. the “One Way Bomber” or “Volcano.” But the hot, flammable He 177 Greif, or Griffin, was Nazi Germany’s only long-range heavy bomber produced in appreciable numbers. The 35-ton machine — when fully loaded — was a mistake, and more importantly, contributed to the German defeat by sucking up valuable resources into an ineffective and compromised aircraft.
  • Chinese J-20 stealth jet based on US military plans 'stolen' by hackers makes its public debut

    11/01/2016 5:48:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    China's controversial stealth jet has made its first public flyby, giving the public and media a glimpse of the controversial aircraft. Taking to the skies at the airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, the J-20 stealth fighter passed by onlookers in a demonstration. The controversial aircraft is believed to have been built in part from plans of US war planes, obtained by Chinese hackers – which Beijing has firmly denied. But military analysts have said it is still too early to tell if the jet matches the US F-22 Raptor.
  • When millennials fly, they don't want to say hi

    08/15/2016 6:26:22 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | August 15, 2016 | Sushma Un
    Here’s one more group millennials are ignoring as they spend time glued to their smartphones — airline personnel. About 61% of millennials admitted to hiding behind electronic devices in order to avoid interacting with airline staff, according to a survey market-research firm Mintel conducted among 2,000 adults. Beyond millennials, less than half of Generation X — those born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — say they avoid airline personnel, and less than 37% of baby boomers said so. Automated technology is increasingly replacing people for cost-savings and convenience, and few travelers still value the human touch in the process.
  • The F-4 Is a Great Fighter With a Bad Reputation

    06/28/2016 11:21:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 25, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000 of these heavy supersonic fighters were built, and hundreds continue to serve and even see combat in several air forces today. But the Phantom’s record in air-to-air combat over Vietnam — especially when compared to its successor, the F-15 Eagle, which has never been shot down in air-to-air combat — has left it with a reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology.
  • The A-10 Warthog Just Got A Little More Badass

    06/16/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2016 | Sarah Sicard
    Sarah SicardJune 16, 2016 Since the A-10 Warthog, recently seemingly destined for the scrap yard, is now engaging enemy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the form of a new weapon with a badass name - the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System. Manufactured by BAE Systems, the APKWS is equipped with laser-guided rockets, giving A-10 aircraft in Afghanistan a "deep magazine of high-precision weapons," according to Popular Mechanics. One of the biggest advantages to using this system is the minimal collateral damage left when fired, which is a result of its tiny warhead. In addition,...
  • Why Isn’t China Building a New Bomber?

    04/01/2016 6:21:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 1, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Why Isn’t China Building a New Bomber? AVIATIONCHINA April 1, 2016 Dave Majumdar 0 The National Interest32 China is developing two new stealth fighters, stealthy unmanned aircraft, new cruise and ballistic missiles; however, Beijing thus far has not attempted to develop a new bomber. Instead, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force relies on the upgraded Xian H-6K — a derivative of the antiquated Soviet Tu-16 Badger — which is armed with a host of cruise missiles. But given the size of the Pacific and the ranges both American and Chinese aircraft would have to fly over in the event of...
  • Sir Richard Branson set to usher in new era of 'affordable' supersonic flights with [tr]

    03/25/2016 6:26:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2016 | Georgia Diebelus and Mark Prigg
    Sir Richard Branson is set to order 10 supersonic jets, which the manufacturer claims will herald a new era of 'affordable' supersonic travel. The airline tycoon has confirmed that Virgin has options to buy 10 of the recently revealed supersonic Boom jets, which will be capable of flying at 1,451mph - about 100mph faster than Concorde - and reaching New York from London in three and a half hours. The Boom jet is being built by former Amazon executive Blake Scholl, who is putting a prototype of Boom together in a Colorado aircraft hangar.
  • Qatar Airways announces plans for world's longest flight

    01/27/2016 1:06:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 27, 2016 | Oliver Smith
    Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch the world’s longest direct flight: a 9,034-mile schlep from Doha to Auckland. Should the route get the green light, it would beat the current record holder – Qantas’s Dallas-Sydney service – by almost 500 miles. The journey time would be an estimated 18 hours and 34 minutes, according to the journey planning website