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Rolling Hills Councilman Tom Heinsheimer, his wife and two other South Bay residents are on the threshold of becoming aviation pioneers. Along with an Irvine resident, the four will fly Saturday from Orange County's John Wayne Airport to explore little-known, once top-secret areas of the former Soviet Union. "We've been invited to come to Kamchatka by the Russian Institute of Space Research," said Heinsheimer, a space scientist and vice president of a Newport Beach firm.
January 26, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The Navy's new drone being tested near Chesapeake Bay stretches the boundaries of technology: It's designed to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of aviation's most difficult maneuvers. What's even more remarkable is that it will do that not only without a pilot in the cockpit, but without a pilot at all. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone's ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.
November 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A civilian was killed when a heavy bundle of humanitarian supplies dropped by parachute crushed her house in northern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. A U.S. military aircraft flying from Ramstein Air Base in Germany dropped the bundle about 120 miles northeast of Mazar-i-Sharif, near Afghanistan's northern border. The package of wheat, blankets and cold weather equipment hit the house before dawn Wednesday, according to U.S. Central Command in Florida.
April 27, 1999
Ducommun Inc. has acquired SMS Technologies Co., a privately held company based in Chatsworth. SMS manufactures complex assemblies and subassemblies for commercial and military aircraft. Founded in 1849, Ducommun manufactures components and assemblies for the aerospace industry.
January 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada's mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas . As "The X-Files" TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don't expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers - T.D. Barnes and retired Air Force Col. Gail Peck, not Scully and Mulder - have worked at the installation known as Area 51, possibly America's worst-kept military secret, but their remarks are expected to focus on aircraft from Earth, not outer space.
April 9, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Some residents in Long Beach and the north Orange County coast reported feeling and hearing what some thought was an earthquake Wednesday afternoon. But Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said no earthquakes were reported in the area during the time the shaking was reported. “It's not an earthquake. It's probably an offshore sonic boom,” Hutton said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said any sonic boom would come from a military aircraft.
In the annals of titanic competitions between corporations, few during this century have been waged with the intensity or longevity as the one between Boeing Co. and Douglas Aircraft Co. for leadership of the commercial aircraft industry. It pitted William Boeing against Donald Douglas, both of whom caught the fever for aviation early in the century and who would become the two driving forces in the production of ever more advanced aircraft. Starting in 1920s, Boeing Co.
June 17, 1987 | United Press International
A Chinese airliner collided with a military aircraft over southern China on Tuesday, killing the military pilot and injuring one passenger aboard the civilian Boeing 737, the official New China News Agency said. The agency said the collision occurred as the Civil Aviation Administration of China airliner was coming in to land at Fuzhou, more than 1,000 miles south of Beijing.
July 21, 1985
I am happy to see in your articles on the Normal Heights fire that you have found out about the air tankers. I have lived in Southern California for 30 years and have always wondered why, with all the military aircraft whose pilots are trained to drop bombs with precision, that the military aircraft are not called upon to fight the fires. They could have fire-retardant tanks ready for attachment and, with a call from the city, they could be over the target within minutes. And there should be no billing since we all pay for the planes and pilots through our federal taxes.
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