June 19, 1987 |
An American pilot who landed in Moscow on a record-setting mission had few kind words for the daring West German pilot who had passed unscathed through Soviet airspace to land in Red Square a scant three weeks before. Indeed, Millard Harmon, 61, made it sound as though he'd like to have the young German's wings clipped. "Frankly, teen-agers are impetuous, young and really don't have a whole lot of sense," said Harmon, of Delmar, N.Y.
June 22, 1985 |
An American pilot who flew his small plane to the Soviet Union on an officially sanctioned "friendship flight" left Moscow on Friday after spending three days locked in a transit hotel because Soviet red tape kept him from receiving a visa in time for the trip. Millard Harmon, 59, a retired college administrator from Delmar, N.Y., landed with a Soviet navigator at Sheremetyevo Airport on Tuesday after a 3-hour, 45-minute flight from Helsinki, Finland.
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June 22, 1989 |
Shrugging off a strike by air-traffic controllers, 11-year-old Tony Aliengena of San Juan Capistrano flew into Helsinki on Wednesday and got ready to head for the Soviet Union. "The weather was beautiful; it was a great flight," said 28-year-old Guy Murrel of Costa Mesa, a coordinator of the Friendship Flight designed to make Tony the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world. Because of a three-hour strike by controllers to dramatize their demands for better working conditions, the Helsinki airport was closed to commercial traffic.
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June 15, 1989 |
Tony Aliengena flew his single-engine plane to this Arctic Circle outpost on Baffin Island on Wednesday, completing the Canadian leg of his trip around the world. The grueling, 1,500-mile flight from Moncton, in Canada's New Brunswick province, to Iqaluit, an Eskimo settlement due north, was the longest leg by far of Tony's journey, which began June 5 in Orange County. During the last two hours of the flight, Tony and his two chase planes flew over the icy Hudson Strait, and Tony caught his first glimpse of the North Atlantic, which he must cross next.
July 20, 1989 |
Eight people, including his family, a Soviet pen pal, a reporter and members of a film crew recording Tony Aliengena's Friendship Flight '89, were aboard his Cessna Centurion when it crashed Tuesday on the runway in Golovin, Alaska: -Tony, 11. -Gary Aliengena, 39, a certified pilot who owns the plane and was at the controls. -Susan Aliengena, 39, Tony's mother, who has been in charge of such logistical details as obtaining the visas for all the Americans on the trip.