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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The 55-year-old man found dead in Burbank along a 5 Freeway off-ramp Tuesday evening was a longtime Alaska Airlines pilot scheduled to fly back to Seattle that morning, the airline said Wednesday. A passerby spotted the body along a fence at the Scott Road off-ramp about 6 p.m. Tuesday and called authorities, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the man dead. He was identified as Lee Clifford Morris of Richland, Wash., a Seattle-based pilot who worked for Horizon and Alaska Airlines for 26 years, said Paul McElroy, an Alaska Airlines spokesman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Robert M. White was a 38-year-old U.S. Air Force major and record-setting test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in 1962 when he joined the elite ranks of America's four astronauts. But Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter went into space seated atop ballistic missiles and returned in capsules that parachuted onto the ocean. White did it as the pilot of a rocket-powered X-15 research airplane, flying nearly 60 miles above the Earth's surface and completing a conventional landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2011 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
In the world of airplane racing, Jimmy Leeward was as big as they came. His story was legendary: Born to parents who made a life flying and selling airplanes, Leeward "was literally raised on the airports his father operated," according to a profile on his family's website. A business in real estate development paid the bills, but there was never a question to anyone who knew him that Leeward's heart rested in racing planes. He owned a team of racers, barreled through the skies in more than 120 competitions, and worked as a stunt pilot in several films.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1985 | United Press International
A small plane crashed Friday while trying to return to Hayward Airport, killing the pilot, officials said. The pilot took off, reported difficulty and crashed while trying to return for a landing, airport officials said. The name of the pilot was not released.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
When Marilyn Simmons first heard the Cessna airplane and fighter jets over her home in rural Ellsinore, Mo., she thought her small town might be under attack. But when the 59-year-old walked onto her back porch Monday evening and saw the small white plane landing behind a grove of pine trees, she figured there was only one place the pilot -- a Canadian student who officials later said was planning to commit suicide -- would go. Her family's store, the Simmons Grocery & Hardware.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Back in 2000, the L.A. producer/musical gadfly Jon Brion pitched a TV pilot to VH1. "The Jon Brion Show" was pegged as a kind of neo-variety show with guest musicians (a familiar format to anyone who knows his Largo roundtables). Director Paul Thomas Anderson even lent his hand to the pilot. The network declined to pick it up, but Anderson on Thursday posted a video with a note on his YouTube channel: " I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day  and came up with this little number on VHS.  She holds up well.
NEWS
November 2, 1989 | Associated Press
A pilot escaped serious injury when he parachuted from his plane before it crashed about 50 miles from the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, a spokeswoman said.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | From United Press International
The pilot of a Kansas Air National Guard F-16 ejected safely shortly before the fighter jet crashed Wednesday in southeastern Kansas, authorities said. A spokesman for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita identified the pilot as Lt. Col. Vincent Shiban, 40.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Fifty-two years after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star.  The medal will be presented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz to Powers' grandson and granddaughter at a Pentagon ceremony attended by other family members next Friday. Powers, who died in 1977 at age 47 in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, will be recognized for his "indomitable spirit, exceptional loyalty" and "sustained courage in an exceptionally hostile environment," according to the citation.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A fiery crash at an Ohio air show on Saturday killed a wing walker and her pilot, officials said.  Video shows professional wing walker Jane Wicker sitting on the wing when the inverted plane suddenly twists downward, crashing into the grassy lawn and bursting into flames.   A statement posted on the Jane Wicker Airshows Facebook page said that she died along with her pilot. “We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events,” the statement said.
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