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September 14, 2008

Russian 737 Reported Down Early Sunday

Aeroflot Nord Flight Lists 75 Pax, 6 Crew -- ALL Feared Dead

ANN is receiving early reports of a Russian Boeing 737 crash in Western Russia.The Aeroflot Nord flight was reported to be enroute to Perm, from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and lost communications with the local tower at approximately 0310 local time. Landing was scheduled for 0330.

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Gone West: MoH Recipient Ed W. 'Too Tall' Freeman

Never Forget...  Freedom Is NOT Free

An amazing spirit slipped away a few weeks ago and we only became aware of it this weekend... and we did not waste anymore time in letting you know that one of the best and brightest of our nation's many heroes has gone west.His name was Ed W. "Too Tall" Freeman -- an American Hero who was once a Captain, US Army Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

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Mass Layoffs Hit Alaska Air

Alaska Airlines Reduces Capacity 8 Percent; Trims Work Force 9 Percent To 10 Percent  

Alaska Airlines has announced that it is reducing capacity 8 percent compared to a year ago, effective with its winter schedule starting Nov. 9 and continuing into 2009. As a result, Alaska Airlines is reducing its work force by 9 percent to 10 percent.

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Nobody Likes Ike #1: CAP Texas Wing Braces For Hurricane Ike

Members of Civil Air Patrol's Texas Wing braced for Hurricane Ike, urging residents to "stay safe" while moving CAP aircraft and equipment away from coastal communities.

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Nobody Likes Ike #2: Hurricane Ike Impact Felt In Space

Hurricane Ike delayed the scheduled Friday arrival of a Russian Progress cargo ship at the International Space Station 220 miles above Earth. The Progress docking was postponed when the space station's control room at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was closed Thursday because of the approaching storm.

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Nobody Likes Ike #3: Hurricane Hunters Fly Nonstop Into Ike

As residents of the Texas coastline flee to safe havens, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters continue fly right into the center of Mother Nature's fury Sept. 12 from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Hurricane Ike made landfall Sept. 13 along the Texas coast near the city of Galveston and put forth tropical storm force winds along the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.

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Icing Protection... For Reno Air Racers?

The Hot Wings Racer Blazes the Course at Reno

Who says that the latest in de-ice technology slows an aircraft? RDD Enterprises, LLC challenges that commonly held belief as they proudly sponsor Mr. Doug Brunner's Lancair Legacy, affectionately and aptly named "Hot Wings."

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Mission System Flight Tests Completed For WACS Block 40/45 Upgrade

Boeing tells ANN that it has completed mission system flight testing for Block 40/45, the largest upgrade in the history of the U.S. E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.14.08)


Chandelle is meant to be a forum for original essays, reviews, photographs, and artwork related, however loosely, to the less familiar aspects of the history of aviation. It is published 3 times per year on the World Wide Web, by amateurs (in the original sense of the term) for amateurs, and is made available for private study without charge. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.14.08): Tektites


Natural, silica-rich, homogeneous glasses produced by complete melting, and dispersed as droplets during terrestrial impact events. Tektites range in color from black or dark brown to gray or green and most are spherical in shape. They have been found in four regional deposits or strewn fields on the Earth's surface: North America, Czechoslovakia, Ivory Coast and Australasia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.14.08)

"At a cost of $1 million per mile of coastline to evacuate, the increased accuracy saves tens of millions of dollars on every flight." Source: ...from a story detailing the efforts of Keesler Air Force Base Hurricane Hunters -- who have been flying nonstop for more than three weeks into hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. WC-130J Hercules aircraft, flown by the Airmen of the 403rd Wing, pass through the eye of Hurricane Ike every three hours, 24 hours a day, collecting lifesaving data that is sent directly to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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