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June 20, 2004

ShowCopter R44 Crashes in Eastern Connecticut

Tyson Rininger of TVR Photography, who provides ANN and our readers with those fantastic photos of aviation subjects, has notified us that one of the ShowCopter Robinson R44 aircraft, their #1 camera ship, crashed enroute from Rhode Island to Connecticut.

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Collier County (FL) to Safire: Will Travel? Have Cash!

The Naples Daily News is reporting that an offer by Collier County (FL) of $17.4 million as an incentive to Safire Aircraft Co. is still on the table. But there's a catch...

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Boeing Delivers Southwest Airlines' 400th 737

More than 100 Boeing and Southwest Airlines employees celebrated today as Southwest received its 400th Boeing 737 passenger airplane at a Boeing Field delivery ceremony.

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1909 Gnome Rotary Engine Will Be On Running Display

What would you do with an aircraft engine, stored in pristine condition? Fire it up for public display, of course, even if it is a very rare rotary engine.

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Early Father's Day for ISS Astronaut

Father's Day came early for Astronaut Mike Fincke, 225 miles in space aboard the International Space Station, as he received the best present on Earth -- baby daughter Tarali Paulina Fincke, born Friday.

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Aero-Views: Iraq's New AF Makes Good Choice

Everyone remembers the Iraqi Air Force. On paper, it was once the most formidable force in the Middle East. But it has suffered several beatings at the hands of the Israelis, one long and bitter bloodletting against Iran, and the humiliation of having to run and hide in the skirts of those same Iranians during the first Gulf War.

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Trapped Into a Milestone

Cmdr. David Landess, commanding officer of Fighter Squadron (VF) 103, reached a milestone with his naval aviation career aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) June 14, with his 1,000th “trap,” or carrier arrested landing.

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Nevada TFR: 6/20/04-6/21/04

NOTAM:  4/5574  Issued:  06/18/2004 19:15  Effective:  06/20/2004 20:10 - 06/21/2004 18:25  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  VIP  Description:  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA JUNE 20-21, 2004 LOCAL.

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New Mexico TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/5591  Issued:  06/18/2004 22:57  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  BERNADO, NM.

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/5599  Issued:  06/19/2004 01:31  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MORMON MESA, NV.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (06.20.04)

"The Wrights made the first aircraft engine, for sure, but the Gnome, designed and created by the Seguin Brothers in France, was more powerful, and was widely used in Europe for a number of different aircraft designs from aviation's birth in 1903 into the teens. It's really the engine that got aviation 'off the ground' in the early days. Source: Fred Murrin, Gnome rotary engine restoration expert, commenting on the importance of the work of the designers of the engine, the Seguin brothers of France.

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