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  1. Another article providing good perspective on the accident, what warbirds represent, and how we should move forward. Forbes: Keep History Flying
  2. Off-duty USAF CMSgt. survives B-17 crash and saves another despite injuries
  3. From the collection of Lt. Col. Roy L. Scott. Instrument Pilot on Flickr The Cavemen's Bomber, B-1 on Flickr
  4. A similarly interesting site. Searchable databases of accidents. While you don't get the full report for free, basic information regarding aircraft type, location, pilot name and cause are provided for free. Full reports can be purchased (I've bought a few myself). Aviation Archaeology I too have spent many hours on both of these sites.
  5. Passenger identified as Vincent Losada, 93, of San Antonio. Mr. Losada, a B-17 bombardier, lost his right arm after being hit by flak while returning from his 25th mission in the European Theater. 93 year old San Antonio man identified as 2nd victim in fatal Fredericksburg plane crash 1st Lt Vincent Losada, 839th Bomb Squadron, 487th Bomb Group. Vincent Losada 1st Lt Losada, second from right in front row, with the rest of the crew of "The Big Drip Jr". Teare Crew Another shot of the crew of "The Big Drip Jr", 1st Lt Vincent Losada third from left in back row. Teare Crew The Big Drip Jr Two Purple Hearts
  6. B-52 lost an engine over North Dakota. Being reported as literally losing the engine. Engine falls from B-52 bomber over North Dakota Edit - Sounds more like an uncontained failure.
  7. A-26 nose gear collapse at KOSH. Sad sight, but everyone walked away.
  8. Oshkosh sweeper was added to the Duluth Airport Authority's inventory of snow removal equipment this year. Shedding bristles from the sweeper did some damage at the 148th. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3672002-bristles-force-guard-ground-12-f-16s
  9. Talk about the stars aligning. Amazing. Here's to a full recovery. SpaceShipTwo Pilot Speaks Through Dad
  10. Mike's friends and co-workers at Scaled Composites have set up a memorial fund for his wife and two children (ages 7 and 10). This link has been distributed to the Society of Flight Test Engineers membership (Mike was a member), thus I'd consider it vetted. http://www.gofundme.com/MikeAlsbury
  11. NTSB: SpaceShipTwo's Tail Boom Deployed Early http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/NTSB-SpaceShip-Twos-Tail-Boom-Deployed-Early223043-1.html It'll be interesting to find out if this was the cause. The unique nature of flight test instrumentation on-board likely means that a cause will be determined much quicker than the typical NTSB investigation. I imagine there's a hell of a lot of stress on that airframe when the rocket is burning. If the tail boom did go into feather mode during the burn, then an in-flight break-up wouldn't be an unreasonable response.
  12. Tough week for the Mojave flight test community. An NTPS Slingsby went down killing the instructor (Mike Hill) and student (Ilam Zigante). http://www.ntps.edu/news/latest/ ABC has posted some photos from todays flight/mishap. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/fatal-virgin-galactic-crash-mystery-designers/story?id=26608625 EDIT: Added link to ABC News article.
  13. http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Skydiving-pilot-has-clean-flying-record-spotty-driving-record-231098581.html
  14. Rumor mill today (at a certain airplane factory up Nort') was that they had GoPro footage, but were holding out until they had enough 0's in the purchase price. I guess this confirms that! N Edited to add that link below now contains video as well. Some stills here; http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/04/21308806-exclusive-images-show-skydivers-terrifying-collision-and-chaotic-plunge?lite
  15. It's tough to lose any of The Greatest Generation, but Joe Gomer was a proud Duluthian, and Duluth was proud to have him. He was Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, and was a very humble person. I recall the first time I met him, at a Cirrus company picnic sitting quietly in his wheelchair watching Tora Tora Tora perform their practice airshow for the upcoming Duluth Airshow. He was a genuine man, and held no bitterness towards America's past; "We’re all Americans. That’s why we chose to fight. I’m as American as anybody. My black ancestors were brought over against their will to help build America. My German ancestors came over to build a new life. And my Cherokee ancestors were here to greet all the boats."-Joe Gomer rather was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for it. RIP Major Gomer. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/280290/group/News/
  16. He certainly made an impact on the aviation community. He will be missed.
  17. Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Stumbled across this about 4 months ago. Has been my favorite ever since. http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/info/2 Bell's Brewery is based in Michigan, so not sure how far they distribute...
  18. Boston Globe reporting one suspect in custody. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/18/mit-police-officer-hit-gunfire-cambridge-police-dispatcher-says/4UeCClOVeLr8PHLvDa99zK/story.html
  19. Ah yes, the unexplain "malfunction". I witnessed a guy take off in an R44 from a fairly remote Northern MN lake at 12:30 AM in low overcast and haze and watched him plow into the water no more than 200 yards off shore. He claimed an "unexplained" loss off power. Most of us call BS. His canopy was full of moisture and the horizon was barely distinguishable. He plain and simple flew into the lake. I suspect there is something more to this scenario than an "unexplained" pitch down. I find it hard to believe that the Zodiac 601 has a trim system, or autopilot for that matter, capable of generating enough of a nose down pitching moment to create enough force to punch a guy through the canopy. Not sure of any other malfunction that would result in a nose down pitching moment other than structural failure. I guess it wouldn't be the first time, http://www.eaa.org/n...2-25_zodiac.asp Edit: their vs there...
  20. Frankie's got some good vids. After 10 seconds, go ahead and skip to the 1 minute mark. God bless Frankie...
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