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World’s oldest pilot takes flight on his 99th birthday

DES MOINES — Ernie Smith is considered the oldest active pilot in the world. He says he’d rather be the world’s youngest, but at any age there’s no better place than in the air. So on his

10 Top Paying Jobs in Aviation

Many people wish for the glamorous lifestyle and income of a pilot. But, do pilots always wear crisp uniforms and make the big bucks? Not necessarily, according to Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at online salary database PayScale.com.

Turkey nightclub attack: Manhunt for gunman intensifies

Turkish police have launched raids in Istanbul and arrested 12 people, as the hunt for an attacker who killed 39 people in a nightclub intensifies. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said authorities had fingerprints and a basic

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing which was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft operational

Why don’t airplanes fly much higher than 35-38k ft?

There are two primary reasons for this. 1.Wings 2.Engines (which are essentially hundreds of little wings spinning really fast!) Lift is generated by the difference in air pressure between the top and the bottom of the wing.

Plane forced to make emergency stop after hitting bird, catching fire – then running over rabbit

An aeroplane proved dangerous to local wildlife after it sucked a bird into its engine, caught fire and then ran over rabbit. Flight crew had to stage an emergency stop during take-off after they hit the hapless

Why do airplanes take longer to fly West than East?

It’s interesting that you ask this – I am directly experiencing it right now as I sit on an airplane from the UK. It took 5 hours to go West-East on this journey, but is taking about

Aircraft Fuselage for X-57 Integration with the Wing Arrived in California

NASA engineers and visionaries watched as the Tecnam P2006T – the future all-electric X-57 Maxwell – was uncrated at a small airport on the central coast of California, and slowly rolled out. The arrival marks a critical

Aircraft Engine Starter

Many variations of aircraft engine starting have been used since the Wright brothers made their first powered flight in 1903. The methods used have been designed for weight saving, simplicity of operation and reliability. Early piston engines