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  • Report: Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash lost consciousness in high-G maneuver

    10/16/2018 3:25:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    airforcetimes.com | Oct. 16, 2018 | Stephen Losey
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  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Pictured: Moment $19m F-16 fighter jet EXPLODES and another is damaged in Belgium (TR)

    10/14/2018 10:09:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/13/2018 | Chris Dyer
    A multi-million-pound fighter jet exploded and another was damaged when a mechanic accidentally opened fire from a third plane during maintenance. The F-16 Falcon jet, worth around $19million (£15million), was destroyed in the blaze as it was parked at a military base in Belgium and the second plane sitting next to it suffered fire damage from the on-board Gatling cannon. Two technicians working on the Belgian Air Force stealth planes were said to have been injured in the incident at the Florennes air base, 60 miles south of Brussels, on Thursday afternoon.
  • Emotional Support Squirrel Lady Is Suing Frontier

    10/13/2018 9:45:44 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    Passenger Cindy Torok relies on her emotional squirrel, Daisy, to deal with her anxiety. She`ll fit in the palm of my hand. I can cover her up with my other hand. She gives you kisses. She shares that when flight attendants discovered her squirrel, they asked her to exit the plane immediately. When she refused, they warned they would just de-board everyone else instead. Torok responded: OK deboard them! But I am taking my squirrel with me…You will not take my baby from me! If you’re wondering how she got through security in the first place, she claims the TSA...
  • Should Toddlers Be Allowed to Fly in First Class?

    10/10/2018 1:08:08 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 167 replies
    Flyertalk ^ | 10/08/18
    Flying first class comes with many perks: A flatbed seat, delicious food, and luxurious, quiet cabin. Emphasis on quiet cabin. One of the things that often get reported as making flights unpleasant is The Crying Baby: that creature that boards the plane with a chip on its shoulder and then belts out high-C’s the entire flight. It’s practically what noise-cancelling headphones were invented for. But that begs the question: Should toddlers be allowed in first class? I’ve seen lots of kids flying in premium cabins. Usually they’re pretty well behaved, thanks to the distracting of the in-flight entertainment. But...
  • Virgin Atlantic announces its first-ever 'Pride Flight' to New York featuring LGBT+ pilots [tr]

    10/10/2018 11:46:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2018 | Darren Boyle
    Virgin Atlantic has announced its first ever 'Pride Flight' from London to New York - featuring with every crew member on board being LGBT+. The flight, which is timed to celebrate World Pride Day 2019, will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York's Stonewall Uprising. Those onboard the historic flight will be entertained by Broadway musical actor and star of the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess.
  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • Two health scares at US airports tied to Mecca pilgrims

    09/08/2018 8:13:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Ten people were tested for a battery of respiratory viruses and bacteria in hopes of ruling out serious pathogens that could present a public health threat. Two of them tested positive for an especially virulent type of influenza A virus, and one of the two, who was gravely ill with pneumonia, was co-infected with another respiratory virus, Cetron said. A third person tested positive for a cold virus. All three had taken part in the Haj, which this year drew 2 million people to Mecca, Cetron said. Seven crew members, who boarded the flight in Dubai and were not at...
  • This Insane Diversity Program Develops Airport Traffic Controllers Based On Race, Not Competence

    08/29/2018 5:12:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | AUGUST 29, 2018 | Christian B. Corrigan
    ATCs must necessarily be among the most skilled and competent federal government employees. In accordance with an Obama administration plan to “transform” the Federal Aviation Administration into a “more diverse workplace” however, the FAA has abandoned its merit-based hiring program for ATCs, as it implements a plan to hire 1,000 ATCs a year to replace a generation of retiring controllers. Congress can and should intervene in this unfortunate plan to restore sanity and safety to the skies, because it endangers people’s lives. ... It is expensive and time-consuming to train ATCs, and many candidates who believe they have what it...
  • If you love aviation this will so make your day!

    08/28/2018 7:46:40 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 26 replies
    Awesome reporter!
  • Duterte says buying US F-16 jets ‘utterly useless’

    08/27/2018 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 24, 2018 | JIM GOMEZ
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected an offer by the US defence chief and other top American officials to buy F-16 fighter jets, saying such an acquisition would be “utterly useless” because his country needs lighter combat aircraft to fight insurgents. Duterte scoffed at the offer on Thursday, saying it had been floated in a letter by Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The offer came after he was slammed by the US for his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, he said.
  • Ryanair flight kicks off 'disruptive' passenger dressed as Tinker Bell

    08/26/2018 10:06:38 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/26/18 | Alexandra Deabler
    A “disruptive” man dressed up as Peter Pan’s fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, was escorted off of a Ryanair flight Friday morning. The man dressed as Tinker Bell boarded the Poland-bound flight at London’s Stansted Airport with a friend dressed as Bob the Builder. Once the men were on the plane, Ryanair says they became “unruly” and “disruptive," a spokeperson told Fox News. Essex police were called to the scene. An armed officer led the man dressed a Tinker Bell off the plane. One of the officers “adjusted the man’s wings” while leading him off the plane, BBC reported. A...
  • Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: Warrior, Scholar, Total Badass

    08/26/2018 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 52 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 25 Aug 2018 | Tony Carr
    An old Air Force friend of mine was doing some research and found himself leafing through the papers of retired Brig. Gen. Terryl Schwalier. Those attuned to USAF history will recall that Schwalier was the commander at the center of controversy surrounding the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, a terrorist attack which killed 19 and injured 498 at a remote airbase in Saudi Arabia. Schwalier was scapegoated by the Clinton Administration, which triggered the resignation of Gen. Ronald Fogleman, whose integrity prevented him from continuing as the Air ForceÂ’s Chief of Staff in the face of what he viewed as an...
  • Is Lockheed Martin Winning the Hypersonic Race?

    08/19/2018 12:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 18, 2018 | Lou Whiteman
    Hypersonic technology -- weapons and interceptors able to travel at least five times the speed of sound -- are a top Pentagon priority and an area where China and Russia are perceived to be ahead of U.S. military efforts. The Defense Department has committed to spend aggressively to catch up. Based on initial contract awards, it's becoming clear that Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is outpacing the competition in the battle to win the lion's share of those awards. Lockheed Martin earlier this month was awarded a $480 million contract to develop a hypersonic air-launched, rapid response weapon (ARRW). The award could...
  • U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to receive newer and larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

    08/14/2018 12:52:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    defence-blog.com ^ | Aug. 14, 2018
    Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy SchumakerBoeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E (single-seat) and two F/A-18F (tandem-seat) aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480. According to the DoD, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021. The Blue...
  • Tamar Braxton Responds to Delta Airlines’ Statement Rebuking Her ‘Unusual Behavior’

    08/13/2018 8:42:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Sandrarose ^ | August 1, 2018
    Tamar Braxton Responds to Delta Airlines’ Statement Rebuking Her ‘Unusual Behavior’ Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Tamar Braxton has responded to a Delta Airlines statement blaming her “unusual behavior” and her refusal to follow a flight attendant’s instructions during a recent flight. Tamar’s sister Towanda accused a Delta pilot of ridiculing Tamar after the pilot left the safety of the reinforced cockpit to deal with the part-time singer’s unruly behavior. “@tamarbraxton got ridiculed by a pilot for flying while black on Delta,” Towanda wrote in an Instagram post dated July 28. “Wow! I guess being a diamond and double million miler...
  • Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee crashes near Seattle

    08/11/2018 12:57:36 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    WDTN ^ | 08/11/18
    A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said. Preliminary information suggests the crash occurred because the 29-year-old man was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said. Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said on Twitter the man was suicidal and there was no connection to terrorism. Video showed the Horizon Air Q400 doing large loops and other dangerous...
  • Passengers Report Stolen SeaTac Plane, Grounded Flights

    08/10/2018 9:16:24 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 179 replies
    PPlanes were reportedly grounded at the SeaTac International Airport as reports flew from passengers on Twitter that someone might have stolen an airplane and taken it on an unauthorized flight. Nothing was confirmed yet from authorities, but live aviation audio from the tower said authorities were urging a man to try “to land that airplane safely and not hurt anybody.” Other audio reported a ground stop was underway at SeaTac, the airport that services Seattle and Tacoma.
  • Air Traffic Control

    08/09/2018 3:26:18 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 23 replies
    email from a friend | 8/9/2018 | unknown
    And now a few gems from Air Traffic Control: ========================= Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles ." Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!" ========================= "TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees." "Centre, we are at 35,000 feet . How much noise can we make up here?" "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?" ========================= O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock , three miles, Eastbound." United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to...
  • Stillborn baby, mouth stuffed with toilet tissues found in lavatory of Delhi-bound Air Asia plane

    08/08/2018 8:53:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Indian Express ^ | July 25, 2018 | Express News Service
    NEW DELHI: An abandoned stillborn baby was found an Imphal-New Delhi AirAsia flight on Wednesday. The airline in a statement confirmed that the body of the baby was found 'abandoned and lifeless' in one of the plane's toilets when the aircraft was being prepared for landing. According to sources, the infant was found with its mouth stuffed with toilet paper. AirAsia said that a medical examination was conducted on the woman suspected to be the mother by a doctor at the New Delhi airport and also confirmed that the baby had been delivered onboard. Sources said that the woman, who...