Archive for November, 2013

Traffic Patrol Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Way back when in the late 1980s as my aviation career was getting started I was flying reporters during am and pm traffic – traffic patrol. Thanksgiving eve was always exciting. The reporters were always all fired up for the evening flight. We flew a longer evening flight to cover all of the traffic. That was fun flying. There were three other aircraft flying traffic around the Baltimore belt…way and we all flew at different altitudes. I had the lowest assigned altitude. We all would look forward to Thanksgiving eve just for all of the excitement coming from the reporters onboard our aircraft. And of course accidents just added to the fun. There’d be four aircraft circling an accident. Fun, fun, fun flying traffic on Thanksgiving eve!

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Dreamlifter landed at Jabara

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A Boeing jet is sitting on the runway at Wichita’s Jabara Airport – and may be stuck there for awhile.

A Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter landed at Jabara around 10:20 Wednesday night. Statements from the city of Wichtia confirm the cargo plane was heading for McConnell Air Force Base.

It’s not clear if the jet landed at Jabara by mistake, or for some other reason. The F.A.A. will investigate that deviation from schedule. But radio transmissions posted online suggest the crew thought it landed at  a different airport.

Boeing sent a tug to Jabara Airport to turn around the jet. It had a law enforcement escort, because it had a top speed of about 13 miles per hour.

The Dreamlifter is too large to takeoff from Jabara’s 6,100-foot runway.

The jet reportedly is owned by Atlas Air of Purchase, New York, and had a two-person crew.

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2014 Morgan 3 Wheeler

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The Morgan policy of continuous improvement has led to a comprehensive review of the 3 wheelers
characteristics, resulting in some important updates for the 2014 model.  Click here for more details.
 

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Today in Aviation History
May 25, 1927: Lt. James A. Doolittle files the first outside loop in a Curtiss P-1-B pursuit plane at McCook Field. Starting at an altitude of 8000 ft Doolittle pointed the nose of the a/c down and describes a circle of 2000 ft diameter, leveling out at his original altitude. At the bottom of the circle, flying inverted, it is estimated that his a/c was traveling at 280 mph. The outside loop had not been previously attempted because of fear that the a/c would disintegrate. [Note: French pilot Pegoud is purported to have performed outside loops prior to this date.]