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A Swiss man has become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Yves Rossy landed safely after the 22-mile (35.4 km) flight from Calais to Dover, which had been twice postponed this week because of bad weather.

The former military pilot took less than 10 minutes to complete the crossing and parachute to the ground.

The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.

Yves Rossy with jet pack
Yves Rossy aimed to reach speeds of 125mph
Mr Rossy had hoped to reach speeds of 125mph.

It felt "great, really great", said Mr Rossy: "I only have one word, thank you, to all the people who did it with me."

He said weather conditions on Friday had been perfect and his success signalled "big potential" for people to fly "a little bit like a bird" in the future.

Known as "Fusionman," he was aiming to follow the route taken by French airman Louis Blériot 99 years ago when he became the first person to fly across the English Channel in a plane.

In Dover, Mr Rossy flew past South Foreland lighthouse - which the building's manager Simon Ovenden said Blériot used as a target during his pioneering flight - and looped onlookers before landing in a field. [READ MORE]

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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World War II B-29 Dramatic Landings

B-52 Stratofortress

B-29 Cockpit

A picture of a b-29 cockpit

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

B-17 and B-24 Optical Illusion

Airbus A380 Wing

Airbus A380 Wing

Double Vision

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis (foreground) sits on Launch Pad A and Endeavour on Launch Pad B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At the left of each shuttle are the open rotating service structures with the payload changeout rooms revealed. The rotating service structures provide protection for weather and access to the shuttle. For the first time since July 2001, two shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at the center. Endeavour will stand by at pad B in the unlikely event that a rescue mission is necessary during space shuttle Atlantis’ upcoming mission to repair NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, targeted to launch Oct. 10. After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue spacecraft, it will be moved to Launch Pad 39A for its STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. That flight is targeted for launch Nov. 12. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Airbus A340

South Carolina Learjet Crash

The plane was carrying six people and was leaving shortly before midnight on Friday when air traffic controllers reported seeing sparks, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen on Saturday.

Debbie Hersman, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, says the plane went off the end of the runway, crashed through antennas and a fence and careened into an embankment across a five-lane highway, where it was engulfed in flames.

The Lexington County Deputy Coroner had identified the dead: pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim, Calif.; her copilot, James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad, Calif.; Barker's assistant, Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City, Calif., and Barker's security guard, Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles.

Beth Frits, spokeswoman at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., said Barker and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, arrived at the hospital early Saturday, with "extensive burns."

"Goldstein was airlifted here, and Barker was brought by ground transportation. So they arrived separately," Frits told People magazine.

"Our heart pours out. We're hoping he recovers. The family is rallying around him and saying our prayers," Gail Moakler told the magazine. Her daughter, Shanna, was once married to Barker. The couple have a son and

daughter. The family had also starred in an MTV reality series Meet the Barkers.

Moakler says her daughter has rushed to Barker's side: "Shanna spoke to Travis last night. He was defiant after the accident and didn't want to be lifted in a helicopter ... they had to knock him out."

"The whole thing is crazy," said Benjamin Long, who is married to Goldstein's sister, Lara. "We're thankful that he made it. And we feel horrible about those who didn't. It's just awful."

William Owens told WIS-TV he was driving down the highway when he saw a fireball.

"I didn't know what I had seen ... but as I approached it closer though, I made out a fire. By then I was able to see the tail of the jet and I recognized it as a jet," Owens said.

Owens said he saw two men were running around and pulling off clothing to put out the flames.

Barker, an ex-drummer with Blink 182, and Goldstein, perform together as TRVSDJ-AM. They had played at a free outdoor concert on Friday night in the student area of Columbia, S.C.

They had performed alongside Perry Farrell, the former lead singer of Jane's Addiction, as well as singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw.

"It's absolutely terrible and tragic," Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said.

Lynne Douglas, spokesperson for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, says the weather was calm and clear when the jet took off, headed to Van Nuys, Calif.

Douglas says the Learjet was just a year old and had been chartered from Global Executive Aviation in Long Beach, Calif.

The airport is expected to reopen later on Saturday, she said.
Source: The Associated Press
Posted: 09/20/08 9:21AM
Filed Under: World

R/C Skyraider

Friday, September 19, 2008

Last Moments of Spanair MD-82 Crash in Spain

CCTV footage has revealed the dramatic last moments of the Spanair flight that crashed last month near Madrid, killing 154 people.

Flaps not extended on ill-fated Spanair jet:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wing flaps on a Spanair jetliner that crashed in Spain last month killing 154 people were not fully extended before take off, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, the Journal said preliminary information from the MD-82's flight data recorder shows the movable flaps on the rear of the wings were not properly positioned. The flaps provide extra lift.

Military Humor

Friday, September 12, 2008

F-15 Scramble Alert

I bet you if you put an engine and a radio system they would fly. Without the humans of course.