August 12, 2009 |
A few weeks ago, Javier Aguirre was in Arlington, Texas, swapping football memories with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. That's football, not futbol . It turns out that the coach of Mexico's national soccer team is not only an NFL fan but a Cowboys fan. And not only a Cowboys fan but a Roger Staubach fan. "I have to confess, I've been a Cowboys fan since birth," Aguirre told Jones. "I have everything when it comes to Roger Staubach. Everything." Jones had stopped by his new House of Many Splendors -- the $1.15-billion Cowboys Stadium -- to watch Mexico's soccer team train for a Gold Cup quarterfinal game against Haiti.
September 3, 1986 |
One minute and 15 seconds before its disastrous midair collision with a single-engine Piper Cherokee Archer over Cerritos on Sunday, Aeromexico Flight 498 was advised by an air traffic controller of another airplane nearby. "Traffic at 10 o'clock, one mile, northbound, altitude unknown," the controller radioed.
October 5, 2009 |
Acute mountain sickness affects people at high altitudes. Symptoms include dizziness, confusion and fatigue. In her 15th novel, "A Change in Altitude," Anita Shreve writes about it knowledgeably. Perhaps she was suffering from it as she wrote, because this novel is a mess. Shreve can be an excellent writer. It's easy to understand why her work appears on bestseller lists. Usually her prose is clear, her descriptions elegant and her plot twists surprising and original, enticing us to keep turning pages.
September 24, 2010 |
In what may well be one of the last aviation firsts, a University of Toronto graduate student has fulfilled an ancient dream that dates back at least to the Greek legend of Daedalus and Icarus — human-powered flight. In an ungainly wing-flapping craft, or ornithopter, built by students at the university, Todd Reichert made history last month by sustaining both altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds, traveling a little more than 145 yards at an average speed of about 16 mph. The flight, conducted at sunrise Aug. 2 at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham, Ontario, was witnessed by a vice president of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which certifies aviation records.
October 5, 2012 |
Teetering 23 miles above the New Mexico desert, Felix Baumgartner plans to leap head first into the abyss and become the first free-falling human to break the sound barrier as he plummets to the ground. The feat, which will put his life on the line and push his body to the limit, is scheduled to take place shortly after dawn Monday when he falls from 120,000 feet in the air. JUMP DELAYED: The attempt by Felix Baumgartner to set the world's free-fall record at 23 miles has been postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of a cold front with gusty winds near Roswell, N.M. Wearing a newly designed pressurized suit and helmet, the Austria native will test the threshold of his equipment as scientists, aerospace engineers, the Air Force and NASA study what it shows about the limits and capabilities of the human body bailing out from aircraft at ultra-high altitudes.
June 9, 1996
Regarding the suggestion that it can be helpful to use higher-octane fuel at higher altitude ("Before Taking a Motor Trip, Check Your Cash Efficiency," Travel Insider, May 19): This makes no sense. Gasoline burns slower at higher altitude because of less oxygen, which effectively boosts octane. You will find that the octane ratings on all grades of gasoline sold in high altitude areas of the country are lower. RAY ELIAS Los Angeles Christopher Reynolds replies: Mr. Elias is right about lower octane levels being necessary at higher altitudes.