A recent CarterCopter press breakfast should have been
called a "press brunch." The Carter people had so much news to put
out that 2 1/2 hours after starting they were still going strong
when the next outfit in line to use the media room ran out of
patience entirely. As they were throwing the Carter crew out of the
room, I was still learning new stuff from Carter's people,
including Jay Carter Jr. and Anita Infante.
New crewmembers aboard the International Space Station settled
into a routine of handover briefings and scientific experiments
after their arrival early Wednesday. Epedition 9's Commander
Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke docked
their ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft to the nadir port of the Zarya Control
Module at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday. They opened hatches and boarded
the station about an hour later, beginning a six-month stay.
The minute the ANN gang saw this photo, only two words were
heard... "Caption Contest."
The twisted minds of the Aero-News crew, still sleep
deprived from dealing with the Aero-Insanity in Lakeland, all of a
sudden realized that it was HIGH time for one of ANN's
much-ballyhooed caption contests. By the way, ANN reader
Derrick was kind enough to share this with us... so you all could
have a little fun. So... whatever happens from here on out...
blame it on Derrick!
New England Wing of Van's Air Force Announces Annual
The New England Wing of Van's Air Force (NEVAF) has announced
its 3rd annual fly-in will be held at Lawrence Municipal Airport
(KLWM) on June 12th, with a rain date of June 19th. Hosted by EAA
Chapter 106 (www.eaa106.org), this
event will feature seminars on formation flying, flight testing and
general aircraft building techniques. Although NEVAF is an
organization of amateur builders of the Van's Aircraft line of
kit aircraft, this event will be of interest to all amateur
builders and aviation enthusiasts.
It wasn't what the locals were expecting... A CH-53D helicopter
from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 made a precautionary
landing in Togochi Town, Hiroshima Prefecture (Japan) April 15 at 2
p.m. The helicopter safely made the landing in the Ota Riverbed due
to a malfunction with the CH-53D's first stage hydraulic
"We're gonna go pretty fast."
Source: CarterCopter's Jay Carter,
who first stated that... "We intend to expand the envelope..." and
when he realized that some of the journalists present (in a
press conference) were not aviation-oriented, and hadn't seen The
Right Stuff, he translated his statement into "Plain Texan" (as