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Days after an aerial embolism from a high-altitude glider flight ruined his boyhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot, Lance Cpl. Howard A. Foote Jr. of Los Alamitos flew into Marine Corps history and the end of his military career. Under cover of darkness five years ago, the 20-year-old aviation mechanic stole an A-4M Skyhawk from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and put the aging fighter-bomber through a series of high-speed maneuvers over the black waters of the Pacific.
March 15, 2014 | By Shelby Grad
The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has focused attention on instances in which planes disappear and wreckage is never found. One such case got much media attention 50 years ago in Los Angeles. In April 1964, a DC-4 plane bound for Los Angeles from Wake Island disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Nine people, including two children, were aboard and presumed killed. According to The Times reports at the time, the pilot radioed about engine problems just before the plane lost contact about 500 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
November 5, 1988
It's unfortunate that Martin Bernheimer was sent to cover composer Philip Glass, playwright David Henry Hwang and designer Jerome Sirlin's "1000 Airplanes on the Roof" ("UCLA Introduces Glass' Science-Fictitious 'Airplanes,' " Nov. 2). He shouldn't cover an experience that melds multimedia, science-fiction, music and drama, etc. In his review there's little mention of Hwang, the Los Angeles-New York Chinese-American playwright who received the 1988 Tony Award for best play for "M. Butterfly."
March 6, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley. " "Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
April 1, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Piper Aerostars, like the one that crashed near John Wayne Airport on Friday, have had a history of engine-failure accidents during takeoffs and can be an unforgiving aircraft in the hands of an inexperienced pilot, according to an aviation magazine specializing in private aircraft. The Aviation Consumer said the Piper Aerostar has the highest accident rate among similar twin-engine small aircraft: with a fatal accident rate of 3.8 accidents per 100,000 hours of flight.
March 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The government will ban cigarette lighters on airplanes beginning in April, but passengers can still tote as many as four matchbooks in carry-on bags, security officials said. The Transportation Security Administration said passengers cannot carry butane, battery-powered or other lighters on themselves or in carry-on bags after April 14.
September 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who hit a Frontier Airlines flight attendant and swore at her before being subdued by other passengers and restrained by duct tape was charged in Denver with interfering with a flight crew. Jason Glen Tervort, 26, also spit at other passengers while on a flight from Houston to Denver, according to a complaint filed by the FBI.
The Mile Square Park Radio Control Air Show here Sunday was in many ways like the annual gig at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station--except it was vastly scaled down. Where a B-2 stealth bomber buzzed El Toro, Mile Square offered a model Northrop Flying Wing, which looks like a silver boomerang with wooden propellers. The Blue Angels awed El Toro fans. A model with a real jet engine did the same at the park. But there was a key difference.
June 14, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Despite a canceled test run and opposition from state firefighters, Assemblyman Terry Friedman (D-Encino) said Monday he will push ahead with plans to acquire a water-scooping airplane to protect Southern Californians from urban wildfires. Sunday's test in Malibu was supposed to highlight the CL-415's ability to scoop up 1,600 gallons of water from the ocean in 12 seconds, but low-lying clouds forced officials to scrub the mission.
It had been such a grand romance, America and the airplane. Contrails and the wild blue yonder. Lindbergh, the Wrights, Amelia Earhart. The Jenny. The Connie. Window seats. The Blue Angels. The jet set. The sound barrier. O beautiful, and friendly skies, where "It's a bird, it's a plane.... We were leaving on a jet plane, needed a ticket for an airplane, were 8 miles high, and flying, man, to touch the face of God.
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
February 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
TripAdvisor this week rolled out a handy new feature to its flight search website that allows consumers to compare amenities such as legroom, Wi-Fi, power outlets and in-flight entertainment before buying a ticket. It also features traveler-generated photos of the airplane inside and out. Here's how it works: Enter your destination search on the Cheap Flights search page. Then filter on what amenities you want -- onboard Wi-Fi, television, power -- or just do a general airfare search and the information will pop up with the list of flights.
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
“Slim-line” seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In a survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
January 13, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
January 5, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If a ban on cellphone calls on commercial planes is lifted, a majority of travelers said they would be willing to pay extra to sit in a chatter-free quiet zone on the planes. That is the finding of a poll of more than 3,400 fliers by the travel website Of those polled, 53% said they would pay to sit in an airplane's quiet zone. It's a relevant question because the Federal Communications Commission is now accepting public comment on a proposal to lift the 22-year-old ban on cellphone calls on commercial airlines.
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
If you are a parent who lets your children scream and go nuts on a plane, congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud children are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the in front of them and travelers with foul odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the air-tight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
September 20, 1989 | From Reuters
Western Europe's Airbus Industrie will decide Friday whether to go ahead with its new A321 plane, even though the consortium's four partners cannot agree on where to build it. The new aircraft--a stretched version of the successful high-technology A320--has already won 87 orders and 66 options before the program's official launch. An Airbus spokeswoman said the new aircraft would be discussed at Friday's meeting of the five-member supervisory board.
May 16, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A small commuter plane that threatened to come too close to Air Force One prompted the president's plane to alter its landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday evening, officials said. The two planes never violated the required 1,000-foot vertical separation, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Hank Price said. "This was not a near-miss by any calculation," said White House press secretary Joe Lockhart. He said President Clinton, who was aboard, was never in danger.
December 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Can an airport be mistaken for the arctic tundra? Not by pilots, but certainly to snowy owls invading the Northeast and Midwest in record numbers this year. What has turned into a headache for airports may be a boon to birdwatchers traveling for the holidays who want to add this usually reclusive creature to their life lists. "We're experiencing what could be the largest-ever influx of Arctic snowy owls into the Northeast and the Great Lakes states," a statement from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released Tuesday says.
December 5, 2013 | Meghan Daum
It was a reality show all its own. Last Thursday, 30-year-old Elan Gale, a hirsute hipster and television producer whose credits include several seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise, sent a series of tweets to his roughly 35,000 Twitter followers. Explaining that he was on a delayed flight trying to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, he described the shockingly rude antics of a fellow passenger named Diane. Over a four-hour period, Gale tweeted a blow-by-blow of a feud that apparently played out through an exchange of handwritten notes, which Gale snapped photos of and posted on his Twitter feed.
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