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Hummingbirds out-perform helicopters

Stamford - New research indicates that hummingbirds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone helicopter.

Drunk passenger removes false leg and attacks plane crew

According to reports an angry woman on Thomson flight 297 removed her leg to attack staff on the plane. Eventually the crew subdued the 48-year-old woman and removed her from the plane upon landing.

UK Military designers demonstrate concept for 'The Transformer'

A military research team in the UK has released plans for a three-part plane which can detach into faster planes then reform when the enemy has been shaken off. The concept so far looks quite impressive.

Russian bombers, fighter jets 'seen over Crimea'

Simferopol - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said.

World's biggest passenger aircraft in Durban

Durban - Last week saw the biggest passenger plane in the world landing at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa for the first time as part of a pilot training programme for British Airways.

US military plane comes under fire in South Sudan

An American military aircraft was fired on by suspected rebels in the South Sudan, leaving four service members wounded, with one of them in critical condition.

Russian jet set to have highest seating capacity

Russia's Transaero Airlines is set to launch its new Airbus A380 in 2015. The so-called super jet' will have the largest passenger capacity in the world.

Delta pilots use tablets to make a 'paperless' cockpit

The airline Delta is to issue 11,000 of its pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets. This is an attempt to create a 'paper free' cockpit.

Meet the man flying in a jetsuite ― the Jetman

The first and only man in aviation history to fly with a jet-propelled wing is Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, after he successfully did that in 2006, and still he is to this day. Now he has just made his first public flight in the US Monday.

Plane crashes into residential buildings in Venezuela, 2 dead

Valencia - On Sunday morning, a small plane crashed into a residential building in Valencia, capital of Carabobo state in Venezuela. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.

Scores of buried WWII Spitfires may soon fly again

The truth or fiction behind rumours of scores of buried WWII Spitfire fighter planes is soon to be revealed with the announcement that ownership issues have been solved and recovery funding sourced.

Mathematicians suggest new way for aircraft boarding

Researchers from Curtin University and Beihang University in Beijing say that they have found out a new 'third way' to improve airplane boarding.

2 million attend 54th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show Special

Chicago - An estimated 2 million spectators crowded the beaches and parks near Lake Michigan in Chicago this past weekend to catch one of the most exciting shows of the year. The 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show.

Hopes to find missing pilot after 70 years

Following the discovery of a missing WWII RAF Kittyhawk in the Sahara desert, plans are underway to locate the pilot's remains and recover the aircraft.

Chilean and Brazilian airlines merge into largest SA air carrier

Santiago - LAN Chile and TAM Airlines, the two main South American air carriers completed their merger process today to become one of the world’s ten biggest transport groups of passengers and cargo, and the second largest in market value.

Turkish military aircraft crashes in Syria (updated)

According to media reports, a Turkish military aircraft has crashed in Syria. The aircraft appears to have been shot down and the two pilots have been rescued.

Inquiry launched as BA pilots fall ill on flight

London - British Airways has launched an inquiry after two pilots were taken ill on board a flight late last year. The illnesses was attributed to a lack of oxygen on the flight deck.

Flight attendant started fire to put it back out and 'play hero'

Minneapolis - In most cases, anybody who fights fire is deemed a hero. Not Eder Rojas though – a flight attendant from Woodbury, Minnesota. He started a fire during a route from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, just so he could put it out and 'play the hero'.

15 people die as Indonesian plane carrying 27 passengers crashes

A propeller-driven aircraft carrying 27 passengers crashed into the sea near the island province of Papua in eastern Indonesia, killing at least 15 passengers, the transport ministry said Saturday.

Southwest Airlines halts flights after forced landing in Arizona

Southwest Airlines canceled around 600 flights last weekend as the airline's technical personnel continue to inspect its Boeing 737 fleet following Friday's incident where Southwest flight 812 made emergency landing in Yuma due to cabin pressure loss.

Ark Royal for sale on MoD website

The recently decommissioned aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is now being advertised for sale online by the Ministry of Defence.

Vintage jet crashes into Hudson River, pilot still missing

Kingston, NY-A vintage military jet crashed into the Hudson River north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in upstate New York Saturday afternoon. The pilot, who was the only passenger onboard, is still missing and is feared to be dead.

Light plane with 11 passengers crashes in northern Philippines

A light aircraft with 11 passengers on board crashed in a shallow river Monday after its engine shut down in mid air due to engine malfunction.

Three dead following airplane crash in rural Ontario

Pickering - Three people have been confirmed to have died after a small airplane crashed into a field in north Pickering Thursday night.

First European commercial airliner lands in Iraq after 20 years

An Airbus319 flight from Paris carrying 111 passengers landed at the Baghdad airport Sunday making it the first European airliner to land in Iraq after 20 years.

Six Filipinos killed in Afghanistan plane crash

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines has reported the death of at least six Filipino contract workers in war-torn Afghanistan when a cargo plane they were riding crashed.

Passenger files lawsuit against US airliner for traumatic landing

A woman airline passenger is suing a US airline company for her traumatic flight experience two years ago when the plane she boarded in Seattle for a non-stop flight to New York ran off the runway at the O'Hare International Airport in Chcago

Airbus A400M project flies into dangerous turbulence

The future of the Airbus A400M military airlifter may be seriously compromised if Germany reduces its order for 60 planes, reports indicate. The possibility of a reduction has been evoked by a political ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Bomb explodes at Zamboanga Airport, two dead and 12 wounded

Zamboanga - At least two people are dead and a dozen injured after a bomb exploded at the arrival area of Zamboanga International Airport in southern Philippines, according to an early evening newscast by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.
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LAN Airlines plane (Screen capture Flightglobal).
LAN Airlines plane (Screen capture Flightglobal).
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United Express. Airplane engine during flight.
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The P-51D "Mustang" gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year's show, but would also be one of the last due to inclement weather, the show ended shortly after this performance.
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The Flying Circus performance was one of the 2012 Virginia Air Show's highlights
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The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
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Artist's concept of X-51A during flight
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United Express- Colgan Air
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The Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a fifth generation stealth, twin-engine fighter aircraft prototype developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force.
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An American F-117 Stealth fighter.
An American F-117 Stealth fighter.
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File photo: Pakistan International Airlines
Thomson series planes are quite massive as they are in the  Dreamliner  series and large delays can ...
Thomson series planes are quite massive as they are in the "Dreamliner" series and large delays can be caused by incidents on these.
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A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents
A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents
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Airbus A400M military transport aircraft
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American Airlines Boeing 767-200 N324AA
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A DC 3 flies in front of spectators

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