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President Clinton is considering the use of U.S. military aircraft to enforce a U.N. embargo on flights in and out of Haiti, including forcing down planes suspected of carrying supporters of the island nation's military regime, officials said Saturday. The move is one of several that Clinton is contemplating to make the U.N. embargo effective and concentrate its impact on the Haitian regime, which the United States wants to push from power, officials said.
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.
December 22, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
HONOLULU -- President Obama told congressional leaders Sunday that he was closely monitoring the unrest in South Sudan, after four U.S. service members were attacked near Bor, and said he “may take further action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.” After an aborted rescue mission of U.S. citizens Saturday, 380 U.S. officials and private citizens -- as well as 300 citizens of...
October 11, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - At least 27 people drowned Friday  in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat packed with more than 240 would-be migrants capsized south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, scene of another deadly sinking last week. Military aircraft from Italy and Malta dropped inflatable life rafts to scores of people in the water, as ships raced to the site of the accident. An Italian navy spokesman said 221 people were rescued by vessels from both countries, with the injured taken to Lampedusa by helicopter.
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.
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.
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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