Archive | February, 2009

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US interest reignited in UK HOTOL spaceplane

  As the first UK-funded launcher technology programme in 22 years begins, Flightglobal.com can reveal secret US government interest in the British Aerospace 1980s’ HOTOL spaceplane – and the reasons behind that reusable rocket’s cancellation. Continue reading… Hotol in the Flight archive – Hotol fights for life including a cutaway drawing (1989)   

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Prototype Utva Lasta-95/Lasta 3 piston trainer first flight

  The first prototype of Serbia’s delayed Utva Lasta-95/Lasta 3 piston trainer made its first two flights from Batajnica air base on 5 February, flown respectively by test pilot Lt Col Salko Hadžić and Maj Saša Gruba. Continue reading….

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Japan’s Fuji Dream receives its first E-170

Japanese start-up Fuji Dream Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft. Embraer says in a statement Fuji Dream took delivery of its first aircraft, an Embraer 170, during a ceremony in Brazil. Continue reading…

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Dassault Falcon 7X cleared for takeoff at London City

Dassault Falcon has announced that its Falcon 7X recently received approval for arrivals and departures at London City Airport (LCY), London, England. Continue reading… See more images of a Falcon 7X taking off from London’s City Airport in a gallery on AirSpace.

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News as it happens… Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 breaks up on landing at Schiphol International

Rescuers have yet to clarify any casualty figures after a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft crashed on approach to Amsterdam Schiphol. Continue reading…    

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Stefan the pilot having a flirt with Virgin’s Scarlett Lady

To celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 25th birthday Sir Richard Branson has gone off on a world tour on his own airline and invited Flightglobal’s Victoria Moores and Stefan the pilot. The two are twittering their way around the world in eight days with the Virgin Group entrepreneur complete with news, blogs and images on each leg of […]

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Pic of the week (24 February)

This image courtesy of AirSpace user Global Ranger has uploaded this image of an Airbus Beluga which community editor chose as this week’s picture of the week.

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On this day in 1987 … A320 first flight

Image courtesy AirTeamImages, taken by Keith Blincow in 1988. The Airbus A320 flew for the first time today back in 1987. Have a read of David Learmount’s article on what it’s like to fly the thing in June of that same year.

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Virgin A340-300 in fire emergency

Initial inspection of Virgin Atlantic‘s long-haul Airbus fleet, after a fire emergency on an A340-300, has found a number of aircraft missing wiring-protection components in the area of their on-board bar units. Continue reading…

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On this day in 1962: John Glenn is first US astronaut to orbit Earth

John Glenn became the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth in Mercury Atlas 6. William Hines, a Flight International reporter wrote: “The flight of Mercury-Atlas 6 culminated in success a lengthy series of misfortunes and delays. It had been hoped by US Government leaders that the first American manned orbital flight would occur in […]

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