CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2010 |
Amid the sleek private jets and small propeller planes taking off from a side runway at Long Beach Airport on Sunday, two giant relics from a time long past stood out. On the tarmac sat a pair of World War II-era bombers that were part of a flying history lesson that has been traveling around the country for years and is in Long Beach until Monday, when it heads to Camarillo. The two dozen or so aficionados who turned out on the chilly, overcast morning were a slice of the few hundred people who have come in recent days to climb inside the bomb bays and cockpits of the metal birds.
May 4, 2013 |
A spindly solar-powered aircraft took to the skies Friday from Moffett Federal Airfield, near San Francisco, on a pioneering coast-to-coast flight that will not use one ounce of fossil fuel. The plane, called Solar Impulse HB-SIA, has an immense 208-foot wing covered with 12,000 solar cells that soak up the sun's rays and power the plane's four electric motors while simultaneously charging batteries. That means the plane can keep flying at night. The goal is not speed, because it's traveling a leisurely 43 mph. Nor is it endurance, because it's making the trip in five legs.
April 25, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israel said Thursday that it shot down an unmanned aircraft that had entered Israeli airspace off the northern coast near Haifa, the second such incident in nearly seven months. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the drone was first detected as it was flying along the coast of Lebanon toward Israel. When it became clear that the aircraft was not going to stop or change course, Israel dispatched helicopters and F-16 warplanes to destroy it about five miles off the coast, as it flew at an altitude of about 6,000 feet.
August 15, 2012 |
A closely watched test flight of an experimental aircraft designed to travel up to 3,600 mph ended in disappointment when a part failed, causing it to plummet into the Pacific Ocean, the Air Force revealed. The unmanned X-51A WaveRider was launched over the Pacific Tuesday from above the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range in a key test to fine-tune its hypersonic scramjet engine. The aircraft was designed to hit mach 6, or six times the speed of sound, and fly for five minutes. But that didn't happen.
March 5, 2013 |
Federal officials said on Tuesday that they are investigating a report from a pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet who said he saw an unmanned aircraft or drone in the skies over Brooklyn. The Alitalia pilot told officials that he saw the aircraft as he approached the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday afternoon. The pilot said the aircraft was four to five miles southeast of the airport and was flying at an altitude of about 1,500 feet. "We saw a drone, a drone aircraft," the pilot can be heard on radio calls captured by LiveATC.net, a website that posts air traffic communications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 |
Anticipating the day when drones will be a routine sight in California skies, lawmakers have proposed tax breaks to encourage companies to build the unmanned aircraft in this state and restrictions to protect the public from invasions of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on guidelines to allow the widespread flying of small drones in U.S. airspace starting in 2015, anticipating that law enforcement agencies and others may have 10,000 of the aircraft flying five years later, The Times reported recently.