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Flying and landing on A WING and A PRAYER-

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    I can't believe it! That is the wildest video. I bet the cockpit needed cleaning after that.
     
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    ...and prolly someone's skivvies :icon_eek:
     
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    Just throw everything away
     
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    word :icon_eek: :yes:
     
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    snipped....


    Plane Crash Renews Fears Of 'Asian Bermuda Triangle'
    Fri, 31 Oct '08

    Just In Time For Halloween...
    Popular beaches, pristine waters... China's Penghu Islands seem like a perfect spot to build a casino resort. But the Associated Press reports officials in the region are fighting a history of aviation accidents which has prompted comparisons to the Bermuda Triangle.

    A two-seat Taiwanese fighter jet was the latest plane to disappear last week, during a training exercise over the Taiwan Strait. Debris and body parts were found the next day, but authorities can't explain what happened.

    A Taiwanese newspaper made much of the fact that 300 people have gone dead or missing near the Penghus in the past 40 years. A myth concerning magnetic irregularities in the area has been debunked by experts. More plausible hypotheses suggest increasing traffic, or simply the inherently risky nature of military training flights, for the record.

    But the reputation of the Penghu Islands predates aviation. The very first settlers were Chinese sailors who wound up on the islands after they were shipwrecked. South of Penghu, an area called the "Ditch of Black Waters" covers the wrecks of many boats dating to the height of Chinese immigration to Taiwan going back three centuries.

    Today, 90,000 people call the island chain home. Large, modern ships navigate the area in safety. The beaches are popular in summer, and the windsurfing season is set to begin.

    Tourism officials hope the creepy legends don't stunt development, just as mainland China appears set to loosen travel restrictions.

    Maybe they just need a novel marketing twist. After all, we're in the season where long lines wait outside haunted house attractions, paying perfectly good money to be scared on purpose...

    Perhaps Chinese tourism officials could even adapt one of the most effective tourism slogans of all time, recently abandoned by Las Vegas. How's this sound -- "What travels to Penghu stays in Penghu!"

    Nah. What were we thinking? It wouldn't be ethical to just copy something...

    FMI: www.taiwan.com.au/Envtra/Islands/Penghu/index.html
     
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    British pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    Thrice Flew His Chinook Into Harm's Way

    A Royal Navy helicopter pilot who repeatedly braved enemy fire to save the lives of British troops wounded in Afghanistan received his Distinguished Flying Cross from Queen Elizabeth II, at ceremony this week at Buckingham Palace.

    Lieutenant Nichol James Emslie Benzie, 34, was a member of the Joint Helicopter Force in Afghanistan in November last year. He was the captain of an RAF Chinook helicopter when he evacuated casualties on two successive days, as well as re-supplying ground forces with ammunition on the second occasion.

    On November, 9 2007, a patrol through the Sangin Valley in Helmand Province came under fire seriously injuring two of the patrol. Lt. Benzie's Chinook was launched to evacuate the casualties, but was held off for an hour by heavy enemy machine gun and anti-aircraft fire.

    With daylight fading and time running out for the rescue operation, Benzie decided to take his aircraft in despite the ferocious fire. With close air support, he demonstrated exceptional skill by landing his aircraft in a small area between crops while avoiding enemy positions. The casualties were successfully extracted, despite the Chinook being engaged with small arms fire as it left the area.

    The following day, Benzie's Chinook was in action again -- resupplying ground forces with badly-needed ammunition in the same area, and to evacuate more casualties. The underslung load meant that he had to approach the landing site at very low level and with reduced maneuverability, heightening the risk to his aircraft.

    The ammunition was delivered... but enemy fire forced the Chinook, engulfed by clouds of dust, to depart rapidly without embarking all the injured. Despite low light and the continuing enemy threat, Benzie later returned to carry out a textbook recovery of the remaining wounded.

    "In recovering seriously injured casualties on successive days in the most demanding environmental conditions and in the face of such intense enemy activity, Lt Benzie showed exceptional courage, inspirational leadership and flying ability of the highest order," reads the lieutenant's citation. "His gallant actions undoubtedly saved lives and deserves recognition."

    Among those attending Thursday's ceremony was Benzie and his fiancee, Dr. Amelia Bolgar, as well as his parents, Michael and Jiffy. Also there was a fellow crew member in the Chinook at the time, Flight Lieutenant Al Sparkes RAF.

    On receiving his award, Lt. Benzie said "I am absolutely delighted and honored to receive the highest award specifically for flying duties. I feel I am accepting it on behalf of the three other crew members of my aircraft."

    It is the second time that Lt Benzie has received an award. He was Mention in Dispatches for his leading role as Operations Officer of the Chinook Squadron, part of the Joint Helicopter Force in Afghanistan, during a major air assault on a Taliban stronghold in 2006.

    Lt Benzie joined the Royal Navy in 1997 after being educated at Cranleigh School near Guildford and Exeter University.
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    Some funny ATC commo-















     
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    This is a particularly difficult landing into the old Hong Kong Airport using the "Checkerboard Approach". The mountain which you see in the background has / had an enormous checkerboard painted (I guess??) on the side of the mountain. You flew directly at that symbol until you had to make a really hard 90 degree right turn to line up with the runway.

     
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    Excerpt of an email from onea my Special Forces Brothers-

    Watching Military History channel on OH-13 Sioux "Angel of Mercy". Lots of footage from Korean War. Here is something that was spooky: Apparently in bad weather, there was a shell-box affair that the put over the litters during MEDEVACs. Many patients regained consciousness while enclosed inside the black box and thought that were dead and ascending toward heaven.

    Getting to heaven is most appealing, but sho don't wanna wake up inside no black boxes.
     
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    Soldier lost leg to IED now a jumpmaster
    By Sean D. Naylor - Staff Writer

    Posted : Monday Feb 16, 2009 8:20:50 EST

    One by one, as their names were called, the 70 graduates from 3rd Special Forces Group’s demanding jumpmaster course strode to the front of the classroom to receive their certificates.

    The Nov. 18 ceremony in the Fort Bragg, N.C., headquarters of the group’s 2nd Battalion, was similar to dozens of graduation events held each week across the Army, with one exception: the 33-year-old sergeant first class who, when his turn came, walked with a slight limp to accept his certificate. On that day, he became the first amputee to graduate from any Army jumpmaster course.

    <SNIP>

    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/02/army_jumpmaster_021609w/
     
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    A History of Ballooning in the Civil War, in six parts -

     
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    Part 2 - The Atlantic Quest

     
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    Part 3 - Creating an Army In The Air

     
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    Part 4 - The Rivalry Of The Aeronauts

     
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    Part 5

     
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    Part 6

     
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    Wanna start an airlines??

    Phony Airline Grounded In Prostitution Ring Bust


    Allegedly Obtained FAA Funds To Start Service -- Um, Air Service -- From MDT

    Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Pennsylvania man, his wife and an alleged co-conspirator as a result of a prostitution sting involving the Internet... and a non-existent airline.

    Roger Sedlak, 47, his wife Marianna, and partner Kelli "Kayla" Kaylor each face up to 35 years in prison, indicted last week in US District Court in Pennsylvania's Middle District on charges of "transporting and causing the transportation in interstate commerce of an individual with the intent that the individual engage in prostitution, persuading and enticing an individual to engage in interstate travel for the purpose of prostitution, and conspiracy to commit those offenses."

    They’re also in hot water with the Federal Aviation Administration and two counties that gave Sedlak a total of $100,000 in grants to start an airline called "CQ Air," supposedly providing service at the Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). The Albany Times-Union reports Sedlak received $75,000 in federal funds from the FAA and $12,500 from two unnamed counties.

    Investigators cracked the prostitution ring wide open last month in a sting operation. Posing as customers, undercover deputies from the Albany County Sheriff's Department responded to Sedlak’s advertisements for an escort service called Diamond Escorts on the Craig’s List website, arranging to meet at a Hampton Inn in Latham. Several other women were also arrested on misdemeanor charges of prostitution.

    Federal prosecutors say Sedlak's airline was never intended to get off the ground, but was used in name only as a business front.

    "Roger Sedlak held himself out as an executive of a non-existent airline known as CQ Air," a spokesperson from the US Attorney's office in Harrisburg, PA said. "Using various aliases, he would rent rooms at a variety of local hotels claiming that he was using them for airline business."

    The attorney's office declined to say whether CQ Air charged for drinks, ........or pillows.

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    David Keith Martz Will Now Have To Meet Strippers In Car

    The odd, perverse saga of a California helicopter pilot has entered its latest chapter, with the news the FAA issued an emergency revocation of David Keith Martz's license this week.

    As ANN reported, Martz drew the FAA's attention last month, after a video went public showing Martz operating a helicopter over southern California while engaged in a sexual tryst with porn star Puma Swede. The video was made in 2007... but came to light on Hollywood gossip site TMZ.com after a helicopter flown by Martz was forced to land at Van Nuys February 1 after allegedly flying too close to a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter.

    "These actions showed a careless and reckless disregard for safety and showed that he lacks the care, judgment and responsibility to hold a commercial pilot certificate," FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
     
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    Meets Witness Of His B-17s Downing Over Bavaria

    <>Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Stanton Rickey, 88 was presented with pieces of his downed B-17 last week by two German men who not only located the crash site on their farm in Bavaria... but also traveled to the US to meet the plane's former pilot.

    Kurt Hauber was only an 11-year-old boy when Rickey, then 23, was shot down by Luftwaffe fighter planes over his family's Bavarian farm on July 18, 1944. But his vivid memories of that day inspired his nephew Ludwig to acquire a metal detector and search for the plane's wreckage.

    "They not only found my aircraft, they expanded the search of the entire area and located other crash sites of American and German aircraft," Rickey told The Arizona Republic. "It's been super cultivating friendships with them. We've become very close because of our shared experience."

    On the fateful day of the B-17s downing, Rickey had received orders to bomb a manufacturing plant in Bavaria that was building the Messerschmitt Me-262.

    High above Memmigen, Germany, Rickey was flying one of 26 B-17 bombers from the 483rd Bomber Group that braved bad weather and anti-aircraft fire before being confronted by 200 German fighter planes.

    "I was the last one out of the airplane. We were hit at 25,000 feet and I got out about 5,000 feet as the plane was spinning," Rickey said. "We lost 14 of our 26 aircraft" on the bombing raid. "That's 140 people, and 40 percent of them were killed." He was subsequently captured and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp.......
     
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    UAV Shootdown confirmed

    Believed To Have Been Ababil-3 UAV

    Coalition jet fighters shot down an Iranian drone that was hovering over Iraq late last month, Multinational Force Iraq officials confirmed Monday. The incident occurred February 25, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, officials said.

    Two coalition aircraft were directed to visually identify the unmanned aerial vehicle after it was detected hovering inside the Iraqi border. The pilots confirmed it wasn't a coalition aircraft and that no collateral damage would result from a shoot-down. Coalition air forces tracked the UAV for more than an hour before the pilots engaged it, officials said.
     
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    CIA documents shine light on secretive Air America



    By Jeff Carlton
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Former naval aviator Don Boecker isn't too proud to say he was scared out of his wits on that July 1965 day in Laos when he dangled by one arm from a helicopter while enemy soldiers took aim below.

    Boecker had spent the longest night of his life in the thick jungle, evading capture and certain execution while awaiting rescue. The Navy aviator had ejected after a bomb he intended to drop on the Ho Chi Minh trail exploded prematurely.

    His rescuers that day, however, weren't from the American military, who couldn't be caught conducting a secret bombing campaign in Laos.

    They were civilian employees of Air America, an ostensibly private airline essentially owned and operated by the CIA.

    Boecker, now a 71-year-old retired rear admiral, plans to tell the story on Saturday at a symposium intended to give a fuller account of an important outfit that alumni say is still misunderstood by the American public.

    The University of Texas at Dallas event coincides with the CIA's release of about 10,000 previously classified Air America records, which will become part of the school library's extensive aviation collection. The CIA declassified the documents following a Freedom of Information Act request by UT-Dallas.

    "These Air America documents are essential to understanding a large untold history of America's involvement in Southeast Asia," said Paul Oelkrug, a coordinator at UT-Dallas' special collections department. He said they speak to "the covert side of the Cold War."

    The records consist mainly of firsthand accounts of Air America missions and commendation letters from government officials, said Timothy N. Castle, a historian at the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.

    Included are accounts of the chaotic evacuation after the fall of Saigon in 1975, the investigation into a mysterious 1964 plane crash apparently caused by sabotage, and a letter from President Richard Nixon commending employees for their bravery in Laos.

    More documents detail the rescue of the wounded from a mountainous Air Force radar station in Laos known as Lima Site 85, where a North Vietnamese raid in 1968 killed 11 Americans. It was the largest single loss of Air Force personnel on the ground during the Vietnam War, Castle said. The survivors were rescued by Air America.

    Such operations were the norm for Air America pilots, and the inspiration for the title of the symposium: "Air America: Upholding the Airmen's Bond." Between 1964-65, Air America personnel rescued 21 downed American pilots. Detailed records weren't kept after that, but "we know there were scores and scores more (rescues) through the years," Castle said.

    "That's the airman's bond. There is another airman who is down. Everything stops until you try to rescue them, because if it were you, you knew they would do it for you, too."

    Air America's public face was that of a passenger and cargo airline that operated in sometimes dangerous places. It formed after World War II under the name Civil Air Transport, and did contract work for the Chinese Nationalists.

    Control of Air America eventually shifted to the CIA, which set up shell companies to disguise its true ownership. Planes kept flying scheduled passenger flights out of Taiwan, but they also began flying covert missions in Laos and South Vietnam to supply anti-communist forces. Air America also had numerous government contracts, and was involved in humanitarian work though a deal with the State Department.

    One of Air America's finest — and most iconic — moments was evacuating American and Vietnamese civilians after Saigon fell in 1975. A famous photograph shows an Air America helicopter atop an apartment building as a long line of people wait to board it.

    Brian K. Johnson, a former Air America helicopter pilot and past president of the Air America Association, said flight crews would race to be the first to pick up downed military personnel. These untold stories of the Vietnam War, he said, could help change Air America's image.

    Johnson laments that the perception of Air America is more about heroin than heroism, due largely to the 1990 movie "Air America," starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. The film depicts the company as corrupt and its pilots as drug runners. It remains a sensitive topic among former employees.

    "We have done everything we can to change that perception, and I think we are getting there," Johnson said. The liberal Air America talk radio network brought new confusion, he added.

    UT-Dallas was chosen by the Air America alumni group as the site of a Vietnam Wall-style plaque listing the names of the roughly 240 fallen employees.

    "Most people don't even know it occurred. It was a secret society," said Boecker. "They flew in all sorts of danger ... flying every day in terrible wartime conditions. They did a beautiful job."
     
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    Space Shuttle landing, View from the cockpit

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    Crap, photobucket cut it off too early :icon_eek: :tdown: :icon_evil:

    Well, if anyone knows howta these longer vids on the forum, lemme know; mebbe I'll try putting it on youtube. :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:
     
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    And here it is!!

     
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