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 1, 2013 |
New York police on Wednesday removed what is believed to be a part from one of the airplanes that struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Officials said no potential human remains have been found at the site where the piece of the plane was found last week. The medical examiner's office had investigated the site for days. “It's a piece of history, and we tried to preserve it as best we could,” Deputy Chief William Aubry, who heads the forensic investigation division, told reporters near the site where the plane part was found last week.
April 27, 2013 |
Photographer Jeffrey Milstein has been fascinated with aviation and flying since he was a young boy building toy models. At 15 he would sweep hangar floors at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday mornings in exchange for flying lessons. He passed his pilot's exam at 17. He remembers his father taking him to the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport to watch the planes land. "In those days it was DC3s and DC6s. There were no jets yet," said Milstein from his home in Woodstock, N.Y. "I loved standing right under them as they flew over my head.
April 26, 2013 |
The idea came screeching into director Justin Lin's fuel-injected imagination in 2009: a fiery escape scene featuring a muscle car that crashes out of an airplane during takeoff. In production at the time on "Fast & Furious" - the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise that has grossed $1.6 billion in worldwide box office since 2001 - he commissioned digital "pre-visualization" artists to mock up a rendering even though the stunt did not fit the movie he was making and was too expensive to film.
January 25, 2013 |
Average domestic airfares rose 1.8% to $367 in the third quarter of 2012, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported this week. Huntsville, Ala., had the highest average fare, $522, while Atlantic City, N.J., had the lowest, $133. The average fare at LAX was $398, up 1.7% over the year before . . . . Not able to make it to New Orleans for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, or Mardi Gras a week later? Get a feel for the streets with EarthCam's live webcams in the heart of New Orleans.
January 21, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia is sending two airplanes to evacuate scores of its citizens from longtime ally Syria, Moscow said Monday, in the latest signal that the Kremlin may be preparing for the collapse of President Bashar Assad's government. The airplanes will fly to neighboring Lebanon on Tuesday and transport more than 100 people back to Russia, a spokeswoman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Russian media. The evacuees are reportedly mostly women and children. Russia has already disclosed contingency plans for a massive naval evacuation of thousands of its nationals living in Syria.
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December 17, 2012 |
In the wake of the plane crash that killed Latina pop singer and reality show star Jenni Rivera, attention quickly turned to the company that owned the plane and an executive at the firm with a long history of brushes with thelaw. It's not the first time Christian E. Esquino Nuñez has been embroiled in a controversy involving high-profile entertainers and a plane. Los Tigres del Norte, a San Jose-based norteño band originally from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, rose to international fame with its accordion-laced ballads portraying life on the border, including homages to drug traffickers.
November 20, 2012 |
Today's professionals didn't fantasize about becoming presidents and princesses when they were younger -- instead, their childhood dream jobs involved occupations such as engineering, writing and science. American boys wanted most to be professional or Olympic athletes, according to a survey from LinkedIn, a social network for workers. Girls aspired to become teachers, according to the poll of more than 8,000 professionals worldwide ( hat tip to the Huffington Post). In the U.S., men also said they had hoped to grow up as airplane or helicopter pilots, scientists, lawyers or astronauts.
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August 30, 2012 |
Officials in Lancaster are crediting the city's new aerial surveillance system with aiding in the capture of a suspect wanted in connection with a double slaying. The incident unfolded Tuesday when Los Angeles Police Department officers were conducting undercover surveillance of an apartment complex on the east side of Lancaster, looking for a man wanted in connection with two homicides, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Lancaster. Shortly before 3 p.m., the officers determined that their suspect was inside one of the apartments and called on deputies to help take him into custody.