A serviceman missing in action from the Vietnam War has been
identified and returned to his family for burial.
He is Air Force Col. Lester E. Holmes of Plainfield, Iowa.
On May 22, 1967, Holmes was flying a forward air control mission
over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, when his 0-1E “Bird
Dog” aircraft was struck by enemy fire. Another forward air
controller in the area saw Holmes’ aircraft spiral toward the
ground, but there were no emergency radio beacons picked up for the
next several days. Enemy activity in the area prevented a search
and rescue operation.
One of the pilots in a mid-air collision south of Olympia (WA)
Sunday night had been involved in another fatal accident less than
a year ago, according to Seattle television station KOMO. As in the
first crash, 20-year old Ghyrn Loveness survived.
SpaceDev's hybrid rocket motor technology successfully propelled
SpaceShipOne on its third, and record-breaking, manned flight on
May 13, 2004. SpaceShipOne accelerated to record setting altitudes
and speed, both higher than in previous powered flights, thus
bringing the Scaled Composites team a step closer to winning the
$10 million Ansari X-Prize.
As AS3 got started on what certainly appears to be a record year
for this event, NATA president James K. Coyne has announced the
launch of a new, industry-wide risk management program with the
goal of reducing ground-related accidents by 50 percent over the
next five years.
Speaking at the opening General Session of the AS3 tradeshow in Las
Vegas, Coyne (below, right) said that the program envisions
creating a "zero tolerance" culture where safety on the ground
equals that in the air.
The problem with the Airbus A380 is that it's so big, airports
the world over have to retrofit to accommodate it. In case you
haven't noticed, now's not a great time for airports to be spending
That, in part, is why Virgin Atlantic Monday announced it's going
to delay delivery of the first Airbus A380 for about a year, from
2006 until 2007.
It's a deal that Canadian media types could just save Air
Canada. The airline and five of its unions say they've reached a
deal to cut costs in hopes of keeping the company's bankruptcy from
turning into outright dissolution.
As the airlines continue a slow recovery in the wake of the 9/11
attacks and the resulting industry-wide slump, passengers are
starting to fly again. The question for airline executives is, what
do they want and what will they pay for?
Israeli Scientists Pioneer Efforts To Make Future Mars Rovers
There was a time when we wondered how much fun it would be to
remote-pilot one of the Mars rovers across the surface of the Red
That lasted about five minutes.
But a team of Israeli scientists working with NASA hopes to change
all that. The idea is to develop software that would allow the
rovers, for the most part, to get where they're going on their
Cash-Poor National Carrier Ends International Flights
If you want to get from the US to the 170-island archipelago of
Tonga, you're going to have to find some way besides Royal Tongan
Airlines. The flagship carrier of the islands lost its only
international aircraft, a Boeing 757, last month when it was
repossessed by Royal Brunei Airlines. Now, the island nation has
decided to scrap the international arm of its carrier
Unison Industries says it has merged with Elano Corporation.
Elano will operate as a division of Unison Industries and will
report to Unison’s management team. Elano is located in
Dayton, Ohio and also operates facilities in Canada and Thailand.
Initially, Elano will continue to operate under the Elano name, but
will eventually become a part of the Unison Industries brand.
"The weather wasn't a factor, there didn't appear to be any
problems with the pilots that were certified. It's one of these see
and avoid things when you are flying under visual flight rules
conditions. It's incumbent upon the pilots to see and avoid the
Source: NTSB investigator Tom Little, on the scene
of a mid-air collision near Olympia Washington. Sunday's accident
claimed the life of one pilot and injured another; for Ghyn
Loveness, it was the second time in less than a year he survived an
air accident in which a fatality was involved.