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May 15, 1990 | United Press International
A Turkish air force F-104 Starfighter on a training flight crashed Monday in eastern Turkey, killing the pilot.
April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
Lt. Gen. Laurence C. (Bill) Craigie, the nation's first military jet pilot, climbed out of the cockpit of a World War II B-25 bomber Sunday, grinned a 90-year-old grin and announced the start of an unusual tradition. It was his birthday, and Craigie had just celebrated his nine decades on Earth by leading four vintage P-51 Mustang fighter planes in a formation flyby over March Air Force Base. He had to settle for co-pilot status--after two heart attacks, he no longer holds a pilot's license.
May 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
John Goddard, the La Cañada Flintridge adventure-seeker who earned the nickname “the real life Indiana Jones,” has died. He was 88. When he was 15 years old, Goddard made a list of 127 goals, from exploring the Nile River to scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. He completed all but a few of the tasks, some of them death-defying, earning international recognition. After a battle with a rare form of cancer, Goddard died May 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his son, Jeffery Goddard.
September 3, 1986 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, Times Staff Writer
Pleading for leniency and lesser charges, the defense attorney at a military hearing asked Tuesday that an El Toro Marine's joy ride in a $14-million jet fighter be treated for what he said it was: "a once-in-a-lifetime flight from reality . . . not a beginning of criminal conduct." "This is a young Marine who was . . . shot down on the ground, if you will," Capt. Bradley N. Garber said of Lance Cpl. Howard A. Foote Jr.
March 27, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Marine Corps has charged a jet pilot from Mission Viejo and three other crewmen with negligent homicide in the severing of a gondola cable in Italy last month that plunged 20 people to their deaths, a Pentagon official said Thursday. The four crewmen of the EA-6B Prowler jet have also been charged with involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Stick a war hero in a room with 50 kids and what do they want to know? How many bugs did U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott F. O'Grady have to eat while hiding from the Bosnian troops who shot down his F-16 fighter jet in 1995? O'Grady was way ahead of them: "I had some water in my survival pack, and I had to eat certain kinds of insects and plants to survive," O'Grady told the Santa Clarita Christian School fifth-graders whom he met during a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
March 13, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Navy investigators blamed pilot error on the flaming crash of a jet fighter at last year's Point Mugu Air Show, concluding that inexperience and adrenaline caused Navy Cmdr. Michael Norman to inadvertently stall the plane. The April 20 crash of the QF-4 Phantom killed Norman, 39, and his navigator, Marine Capt. Andrew Muhs, 31, before 25,000 spectators at the annual aeronautics display. Findings from a nine-month investigation are included in a 3-inch-thick report the Navy released Wednesday.
May 13, 1987 | BUD GREENSPAN, Bud Greenspan, an Emmy award - winning television and movie producer, is also a free-lance writer.
Clem McCarthy was the best race caller in radio broadcasting history. His rasping, staccato delivery made each race he called singularly dramatic and exciting. A thoroughbred race was not considered a major event unless he was at the microphone. His "rrrrracing fans" opening of every broadcast was perhaps the best-known chant of the 1930s and '40s. Every year in May they run for the black-eyed Susans, the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness.
November 1, 1985
A Jet America MD-80 on a landing approach at Orange County's John Wayne Airport came within 200 feet of an unidentified private plane, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The jet, en route from Chicago and Las Vegas with 59 passengers aboard, landed without incident. The "near miss" occurred about 4 1/2 miles north of the airport when the private plane crossed the jet's path about 500 feet ahead.
November 9, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
A JetBlue pilot who rambled incoherently and had to be restrained by passengers during a flight in March was scheduled to be released from federal custody Friday and will not be allowed back on commercial flights. On March 27, Clayton Osbon, 49, suffered from a temporary “severe mental disease or defect” on a New York to Las Vegas flight where he shouted obscenities, talked about religion and screamed about 9/11, Iraq, Iran, and terrorists, according to his criminal complaint.
August 8, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
A JetBlue Airways pilot who sprinted through a plane cabin screaming about religion and terrorism had a psychotic episode in custody and would require further evaluation, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. On a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas, Clayton Osbon began ranting about religion , then ran through the cabin screaming about Al Qaeda and Jesus, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent John Whitworth. Passengers had to help restrain Osbon, and the flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas.
July 3, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A JetBlue Airways pilot who roamed the cabin raving about terrorists before being subdued by passengers was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, according to a court filing obtained by The Times. U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson issued the ruling during a bench trial in Amarillo, noting that Clayton Osbon suffered from a "severe mental disease or defect," according to the Associated Press. Osbon's attorney, Dean Roper, declined to comment to the Associated Press.  After a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, Osbon had been found competent to stand trial.
June 24, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - A day after Syria shot down a Turkish jet, officials from the neighboring countries moved to tamp down tensions Saturday as they mounted a joint rescue operation for two pilots still missing in the eastern Mediterranean. The incident dramatically escalated tensions between two countries whose relations were already severely strained because of Turkey'stacit support of the 16-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. But there was a notable lack of bellicose rhetoric Saturday emanating from both capitals, Ankara and Damascus, underscoring the explosive potential of the incident.
June 15, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
A JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit in the middle of a flight and sprinted down the aisle screaming about terrorists and Jesus is mentally fit to stand trial, a U.S. District judge ruled Friday.   Clayton F. Osbon, 49, had recently undergone a court-ordered psychiatric exam ; court documents indicate his lawyer had planned an insanity defense to defend his client against federal charges of interfering with a flight crew. Three hours into a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas, Osbon began muttering incoherently in the cockpit about religion, according to a court affidavit.
June 11, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- An unmanned Navy surveillance aircraft crashed into a marsh in southern Maryland on Monday without causing any injuries or apparent property damage on the ground, officials said. Officials said that the Global Hawk, a high-altitude drone aircraft that normally carries sophisticated cameras and sensors, was on a test mission from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, about 65 miles southeast of Washington, when the ground pilot lost control of the plane. After Navy personnel lost contact with the drone, a Navy F/A-18 fighter jet pilot flew over the area and spotted the smoking airframe on the edge of the Nanticoke River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Navy officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
April 21, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Navy A-7E jet collided with a civilian glider over northern San Diego County Sunday afternoon, but authorities said there were no injuries and the aircraft suffered only minor damage. The jet and the glider met at 2:45 p.m. over Warner Springs, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA and the Navy will conduct separate investigations, officials said. The two aircraft collided at 6,500 feet, a spokeswoman for Miramar Naval Air Station said. She said the jet pilot, Lt.
August 31, 1986
Prosecution and defense witnesses painted a portrait of a highly motivated and well-liked young man who, buckling under the weight of a broken dream, "had to fly, at least one time." So went the first day of an Article 32 hearing--the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing and a grand jury inquiry--against Lance Cpl. Howard A. Foote Jr., charged with taking a $14-million jet fighter on a joy ride at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
April 5, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A federal judge in Texas has ordered the JetBlue Airways pilot accused of disrupting a Las Vegas-bound New York flight with rants about religion and terrorists to undergo a psychiatric exam. The order signed by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo on Wednesday will send pilot Clayton Osbon to an unidentified medical facility for federal prisoners. There, he'll undergo tests to determine if he was legally sane on March 27 when passengers subdued him after he allegedly sprinted through the plane shouting about Jesus and Al Qaeda . The exam also will determine if Osbon, 49, is competent to stand trial, court staff told The Times.
April 3, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A JetBlue Airways pilot has made his first court appearance for the  midair meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight that forced his co-pilot to make an emergency landing. Prosecutors urged him to be held behind bars, even as his family said he never meant to hurt anyone. The pilot, Clayton Osbon, appeared in an Amarillo, Texas, courtroom Monday with his hands cuffed behind his back, looking drawn but smiling at his wife, Connye Osbon, who was in court with JetBlue representatives.
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