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Caution! Low flying aircraft! (This is a real picture)

Picture 6

There’s video here, taken from the beach.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes, Scary | Comments Off on Caution! Low flying aircraft! (This is a real picture)

Standing room only

A Chinese budget airline has applied for permission to sell cut price standing room only tickets. Passengers would pay a reduced price to stand in the aisles during flights, reports IC Media.

Spring Airlines president Wang Zhenghua said tickets would go on sale as soon as the government agreed the proposals.

via Ananova – Budget airline plans standing tickets.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes, crazy | , | Comments Off on Standing room only

Every library’s dream client

Sully” Sullenberger is now every librarian’s hero, too.

When the US Airways pilot’s plane ended up at the bottom of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, so did a book he had checked out from the library at California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville.

Sullenberger contacted library officials and asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees because the book was in the airliner’s cargo hold.

Fresno State library officials said they were struck by Sullenberger’s sense of responsibility and did him one better: they’re waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.

via cbs13.com

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes, cool stuff | Comments Off on Every library’s dream client

Tower to Tiger Moth: I have a cow at your 10 o’clock

A British pilot said he ran into an unusual hazard while making an emergency landing — a cow.

Rob Wotton said he was trying to land his World War II-era Tiger Moth after the engine stalled just after takeoff southwest of London on Sept. 14. He was about to touch down in a field when the animal wandered into his way.

via WXIA

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Airplanes, animals | , | Comments Off on Tower to Tiger Moth: I have a cow at your 10 o’clock

One point landing…upside down

Link to The Local

Emergency workers rescued two people from a small plane that became stuck in power lines while trying to land in Bavaria on Sunday.

The married couple was trapped in the single-engine plane for over two hours in the dangerous 380,000-volt electricity lines 18 metres off the ground close to the Durach airstrip near Kempten.

Suspended upside down and strapped in with their seatbelts, they had to wait for the fire brigade to secure the aircraft with two mobile cranes. According to police, the couple came through the dramatic episode in relatively good shape, but they were taken to a local hospital for observation.

August 18, 2008 Posted by | accident messes, Airplanes | | Comments Off on One point landing…upside down

Rocket Man. (Thanks to Naomi.)

A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.

Yves Rossy’s performance in front of the world press capped five years of training and many more years of dreaming.

“This flight was absolutely excellent,” the former fighter pilot and extreme sports enthusiast said after touching down on an airfield near the eastern shore of Lake Geneva.

jet-powered wing – Yahoo! News

May 17, 2008 Posted by | Airplanes, cool stuff, People, Scary | , , | Comments Off on Rocket Man. (Thanks to Naomi.)


One small airplane ended up on top of another Thursday in a collision at Northwest Regional Airport, about 20 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the accident as one plane apparently tried to land as the other was taking off.

National News | US News

May 16, 2008 Posted by | accident messes, Airplanes | | Comments Off on Ooops.

Concrete wall of reactor versus F-4 Jet: and the winner is…

Link or click the picture


August 28, 2007 Posted by | Airplanes, Pictures | 2 Comments

Does it seem drafty to you?

Aero-News Network:
As the saying goes… when you hear hoofbeats, they’re probably coming from horses, and not zebras. And when you come across a strange object that apparently fell from the sky, it’s probably not an alien spaceship… but rather from a commercial airliner.

Such was the case this weekend, as Hilary Loewenstein walked her two dogs in a Maryland park, and saw a strange metal object near the path.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God! I saw aliens! Aliens are here!’ And I thought, ‘How exciting!”‘ Loewenstein told The Washington Post.

Alas, the 25-pound chunk of metal wasn’t an alien spaceship… but rather the landing gear door off a CRJ700 flying from Hartford, CT to Washington DC Saturday morning. The object landed near soccer fields, but no one was hurt.

“We were all very lucky,” said Loewenstein. “It’s so amazing that this piece of airplane didn’t fall onto the zillions of houses right behind it.”

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency planned to recover the debris Monday, and investigate why the jet shed the part.

“Various things fall off airplanes from time to time, but it’s fairly unusual to have one of these landing-gear doors fall off,” Brown said. “Airplanes are designed not to shed parts.”


How comforting.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Airplanes | Comments Off on Does it seem drafty to you?