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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.
August 13, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Since test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, engineers and scientists have dreamed of ever-faster aircraft. Now, they face one of their toughest challenges yet: sustaining hypersonic flight - going five times the speed of sound or more - for more than a few minutes. In a nondescript hangar at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, a team of aerospace engineers has been putting the finishing touches on a lightning-quick experimental aircraft designed to fly above the Pacific Ocean at 3,600 mph. A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.
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.
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.
May 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush will try to overcome Cuban jamming of U.S. government radio and television stations by flying military aircraft capable of broadcasting signals to the island, a senior administration official said. The stations, known as Radio Marti and TV Marti, are tailored for Cuban audiences. Bush is expected to announce the plan as part of a series of measures toughening Cuba policy.
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