CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1988 |
It was oddly stubby in form, tired yellow in color and a little rebellious in demeanor before a crew of workers could get it settled down. First the truck that brought it ripped up some miniature railroad track and then the crane boom it was suspended from knocked a limb from a eucalyptus tree.
September 23, 1988 |
An aircraft jet engine used for instruction exploded Thursday at a College of San Mateo aeronautical class, hurling shrapnel as far as 30 feet and injuring two students, one seriously, police reported. The seriously hurt man is 20-year-old Ellison Lowrimore of San Bruno, whose left leg was reported badly injured by flying fragments. He was in surgery at Mills Memorial Hospital hours after the 9:15 a.m. blast in a fenced-in area outside the aeronautical lab.
November 6, 1999 |
Boeing Co. said an engine made by United Technologies Corp. caused the May failure of a Delta 3 rocket and left a communications satellite in a useless orbit. A crack in the combustion chamber of the upper-stage engine, made by the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies, resulted in the second consecutive failure of a Delta 3 rocket, according to a Boeing report. The satellite was owned by Loral Space & Communications Ltd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1990
What aviation officials called a "bird strike" disabled a Delta Airlines flight Monday shortly after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport. The pilot of the Salt Lake City-bound airliner shut down the No. 2 engine of the Boeing 757 after a bird, probably a sea gull, got caught in the engine's fan blades, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred O'Donnell. The incident happened "within three to five minutes" after takeoff, O'Donnell said.
December 21, 1990 |
The Air Force has grounded its fleet of B-1B strategic bombers after an engine problem similar to one in which an engine dropped off of a bomber in flight, officials said Thursday. A B-1B on a training flight early Wednesday morning was making practice approaches at Dyess Air Force Base, Tex., when the crew heard a loud bang, Pentagon spokesman Bob Hall said. Ground safety personnel reported a fire in the right inboard engine. The plane made an emergency landing but no one was hurt.
April 8, 1992 |
General Electric Co. said Tuesday that it sold $38 million worth of aircraft engines to Air Pacific airline. Air Pacific, based in Fiji, plans to use the engines in three Boeing planes it will lease or own. The planes are to be delivered this fall, in 1994 and in 1996.
April 4, 1997 |
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. said it chose General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce to provide engines valued at more than $500 million for some of the more than 600 aircraft it agreed to buy from Seattle-based Boeing Co. in the next 20 years. GE will make engines for 31 Boeing 767s Delta ordered. Derby, England-based Rolls-Royce will provide engines for 10 Boeing 777s that the carrier took options to buy, if those become firm orders. The choices are a blow to Hartford, Conn.
July 8, 1989 |
The FBI has recovered three F-16 jet engines that were missing at least four days ago from this base in northern Utah, officials said Friday. "The latest we have on the theft and recovery of the missing jet engines is that they've been found, they've been located and are in the possession of the government. They were recovered by the FBI," said Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Donna Pastor in Washington.
November 21, 1995 |
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday ordered increased inspections of the jet engines used in half a dozen popular airliners. The agency ordered airlines to make increased sonic and electromagnetic inspections of the spools in General Electric CF6 engines. Spools are metal discs that hold the engine's compressor blades. The order affects 825 engines used on Airbus A300 and A310, Boeing 747 and 767 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 planes.
June 13, 1989 |
British manufacturer Rolls-Royce PLC said today that California-based International Lease Finance Corp. has agreed to buy aircraft engines worth $200 million. The airliner leasing company has ordered 22 engines for Boeing 757s and 13 engines for 747s and 767s. Rolls-Royce director Frank Turner told reporters at the Paris international air show that the purchase was based on a business agreement between the two groups drafted in May, 1988. International Lease Finance Corp.