June 12, 2013 |
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Far beyond the electronic security gates and razor-wire topped fences, Col. Rod Cregier surveys a team of technicians busily readying a lithe F-35 fighter jet for its next test flight. As the F-35 program director at the base, Cregier and his team play a crucial role in a nationwide military effort to get the high-tech jet ready for battle. After a decade of administrative problems, cost overruns and technical glitches, the F-35 is still not ready for action.
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June 10, 2013 |
A plane that left Los Angeles International Airport bound for Austin, Texas, was diverted Monday afternoon after a bomb threat was made to the aircraft midflight. Southwest Flight 2675 left LAX just after 2 p.m. and was scheduled to make a stop in Phoenix before continuing to Austin. Instead, it was diverted and landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, according to a statement by FBI officials in Los Angeles. "The flight landed safely at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and the aircraft is being directed to an isolated area at the airport," said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI's L.A. office.
June 8, 2013 |
With tornadoes, advance warning comes down to minutes. In Moore, Okla., on May 20, it was 16 minutes. In Newcastle, to the southwest, near the spot where the deadly mile-wide tornado that killed 24 people first formed, it was five minutes. Tornadoes used to strike without any warning. Since the 1970s, meteorologists have worked to bring the average warning time up to 13 minutes. A combination of weather balloons, radar and on-the-ground observations form the core of today's forecasting technology.
May 31, 2013 |
Insurance giant American International Group Inc.'s attempt to sell its Century City aircraft leasing company to a consortium of Chinese investors has run into turbulence because a deposit payment was not received on schedule. AIG revealed in a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the investment group failed to meet the deadline that was specified under the terms of deal to sell up to 90% of International Lease Finance Corp. for $4.8 billion. AIG now has the right to terminate the deal, which was struck in December.
May 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Orders for airplanes, appliances, computers and other long-lasting durable goods jumped 3.3% in April after a sharp decline the previous month, a positive sign for the economic recovery. The increase was the second in three months for an important barometer of business and manufacturing strength. Durable goods are items meant to last at least three years. Analysts had expected durable goods orders to bounce back from a revised 5.9% drop in March, but the rise reported Friday by the Commerce Department was more than double the 1.5% economists had projected.
May 24, 2013 |
One of the most famous aircraft in American military history -- the Lockheed F-104A Starfighter -- has landed at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor . The jet arrived on Oahu's Ford Island in early May, becoming the 43rdaircraft to join the museum's collection of historic planes. Starfighters were used by the Air Force from 1958 through 1975. At a length of more than 55 feet, but with a wingspan of just under 22 feet, the jet was dubbed “the missile with a man in it.” It was in an F-104 that Gen. Chuck Yeager made the record-breaking, high-altitude ascent depicted in the movie “The Right Stuff.” The modified, rocket-assisted jet soared to more than 100,000 feet during a test flight in December 1963.
May 15, 2013 |
In a historic feat for the U.S. Navy, a stealthy bat-winged drone was catapulted off an aircraft carrier's flight deck before it soared above the Atlantic and into the blue sky. On Tuesday morning, the X-47B experimental drone was launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush as it floated off the Virginia coast. The test flight was seen as a milestone in drone technology and the program, which has been eight years in the making. "Today we saw a small but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex war-fighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of naval air forces and known as the Navy's "air boss," said in a statement.
May 4, 2013 |
The solar-powered aircraft making a landmark cross-country flight successfully completed its first leg early Saturday, and will rest about a week in Arizona before taking to the skies again. Solar Impulse HB-SIA touched down about 12:30 a.m. at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Video footage shows the pilot, Bertrand Piccard, stepping out with a smile and a wave, holding up a flag bearing the name of the aircraft. "It's a little bit like being in a dream," Piccard told the Associated Press.
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.
May 3, 2013 |
A lightning-quick experimental aircraft made history when it sped more than 3,000 mph above the Pacific Ocean in a test flight, reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet. The unmanned X-51A WaveRider, which resembles a shark-nosed missile, was launched midair Wednesday off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for 240 seconds, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before plunging into the ocean as planned.