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July 04, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.04.12

The Military’s Fleet of Firefighting C130s are Grounded Following a Crash….

High Winds have Grounded the Solar Impulse in Morocco…

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Thirty Years Ago Today: STS 4 - The Landing

Part 2: 'This Has Got To Beat Firecrackers'

For the first four days of the STS-4 mission there was very little heard by the public about the flight. Apparently their top-secret DOD payload work was causing NASA to keep a tight lid on the mission. Daily press conferences with flight directors were peppered with statements such as, “We can’t talk about that.” “That’s something we can’t talk about.” “Can’t answer that.” and of course “No comment.”

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Firefighting C-130s Placed On Operational Hold

Move Follows Loss Of An Aircraft And Crew July 1

In what officials describe as "a prudent measure," all military C-130 aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System have been placed on operational hold after one of the aircraft went down Sunday, July 1.

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Solar Impulse Grounded By High Winds In Morocco

Flight Back To Europe Delayed Indefinitely

The Solar Impulse team has indefinitely delayed the aircraft's return flight over the Strait of Gibraltar due to unexpected strong high and middle altitude winds.

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Suppliers, Airlines Note Airbus' Alabama Announcement

Pratt & Whitney, JetBlue Welcome European Planemaker To The Gulf Coast

Following Monday's announcement by Airbus that it plans to open an final assembly plant in Mobile, AL, congratulatory massages began to roll in from companies that do business with the European planemaker.

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NASA Partners With Forest Service To Highlight Wildfires, Science

Astronaut Joe Abaca Carried Smokey The Bear With Him To The ISS

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service signed a Space Act Agreement last week that unites the two agencies in raising awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. This partnership will highlight areas of common interest in wildfires, forest and plant growth research and materials science.

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World's First Manned Civil War Balloon Replica Begins Public Flights On July 4

Intrepid Cleared To Launch At Genesee Country Village & Museum

he Intrepid -- the world's first replica of a manned Civil War balloon -- has been cleared for public flights beginning Wednesday, July 4 at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Weather permitting, the balloon will take guests approximately 300 feet (32 stories) into the sky, simulating what the world's first military pilots experienced 150 years ago.

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A-10 First Aircraft To Use Alcohol-Based Fuel

Airplane 'Flew Like A Usual A-10 Would'

On June 28, the 40th Flight Test Squadron flew the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.  "It flew like a usual A-10 would without any issues," said Maj. Olivia Elliott, an A-10 pilot and an evaluator for the mission.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.04.12)

"The fourth landing of the Columbia is the historical equivalent of the driving of the golden spike which completed the first transcontinental railroad." Source: President Ronald Reagan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.04.12): Rebuilt Aircraft Engine

A used engine that has been completely disassembled, inspected, repaired as necessary, reassembled, tested, and approved in the same manner and to the same tolerances and limits as a new engine with either new or used parts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.04.12)

The Bayport Aerodrome Society

The Bayport Aerodrome Society is a non profit organization that was formed in 1972. Its membership is composed of aviation professionals and those interested in preserving aviation history.

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