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Sunday, October 25, 2020

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force Legend Chuck Yeager Celebrates 97th Birthday

The first pilot to break the sound barrier, Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager, was born on this day in 1923 in Myra, West Virginia. In June 1947, Colonel Albert Boyd chose Yeager, a junior test pilot at the time, as the first person to ever attempt to exceed the speed of sound in the rocket-powered Bell…

China Stops Hiring Boeing 737 Max Pilots Amid Production Suspension Threat

Recruitment agencies of Chinese airlines told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) that plans to hire foreign pilots for Boeing’s 737 Max have been put on hold since the aircraft was grounded nine months ago following two crashes.China’s aviation market is one of the fastest-growing in the world. Airlines in the country were ecstatic when…

Belgian F-16 Pilot Ejects Before Fiery Crash, Gets Caught In High Voltage Power Lines

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in Northwestern France on Thursday, leaving one of its pilots hanging by his parachute from high voltage electricity lines, according to the BBC.  Both pilots had minor injuries after they ejected from the plane, which clipped the roof of a house and crashed in a field near Pluvinger. The pilot stuck…

Helicopter Pilot Finds Villagers Stranded in Rubble in the Bahamas

A helicopter pilot flying supplies to hurricane-devastated areas of the Bahamas found villagers stranded in rubble on one of the islands. NBC News reported that Justin Johnson— who owns Timberview Helicopters in Destin, Florida— was on his way to Fox Town on Little Abaco Island with his wife and a reporter. During the flight, the…

Pilot Becomes First Woman to Fly F-35 Fighter Jet for Marine Corps

A female commercial helicopter pilot has become the first woman to fly the F-35 fighter jet for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Corps announced last week that Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, 29, a native of Boise, Idaho, had completed her training program in June. Satz trained for four years at bases in Florida, Texas, and…

Pilot Labeled As “Mercenary” Captured In Libya Talked about To Be US Air Power...

The US media identified Jamie Sponaugle as a fighter jet pilot that was shot down and captured by one of Libya's rival governments on May 7, according to a new report from RT. The pilot had been previously reported as a Portuguese national.   The pilot was captured by the Libyan National Army (LNA) near Tripoli…

Pilot In Fatal NYC Helicopter Smash Was once Misplaced In Snide Weather, No longer...

About two weeks ago we documented the story of a private helicopter that slammed into the roof of a Manhattan high-rise, killing its pilot. Today, a new report from Bloomberg offers insight as to the cause of the accident: the pilot had become lost in the clouds and was trying to return to the East…

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