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Dreamliner Back in the Air

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner set for return to service

All 50 Dreamliners in service around the world were grounded back in January

An Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner is due to take off from Addis Ababa on Saturday morning, the first commercial flight by the Boeing aircraft since all 787s were grounded in January.

The 50 planes around the world were grounded due to battery malfunctions that saw one 787 catch fire in the US.

Over the past week teams of Boeing engineers have been fitting new batteries to the aircraft.

This was after aviation authorities approved the revamped battery design.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight is travelling to Nairobi in Kenya.

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B47 Bomber MITO takeoffs

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B47’s doing Minimal Interval Takeoffs (MITO’s). Runways were very wide to accomodate staggered takeoffs (left side, right side, , left side, and so on). Because of the black exhausts the runway visibility was poor for the planes following.

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Scary Airports

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Next week Quito’s infamous airport will move, offering an easier place for pilots. Kai Tak, in Hong Kong, the most precarious of landings where you could see washing hanging on lines, no longer exists. But thrill seekers can still fly to Cusco, Innsbruck, Kathmandu or St Barts, to name a few. Look away if you are scared of flying

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Paro, Bhutan: a Drukair-Royal Bhutan airlines airbus A319-114 passenger jet prepares to land at the international airport Photograph: Singye Wangchuk /Reuters

See slid show of 15 scary airports

See slide show of 15 scary airports

Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal, probably No1. scary airport…
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In the next clip landing, you can see what’s at the end of that runway… NOTHING!

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You miss on the final approach, there’s no going round for another shot.

Dreamliner may become a Nightmareliner

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Dreamliner plane review ordered by US regulators

Several airlines reported flaws in the plane this week

US regulators have ordered a review of the 787 Dreamliner plane after a series of incidents put a question mark over the safety of Boeing’s flagship plane.

The review by the Federal Aviation Administration will look at the design and manufacture of the planes.

It is not clear whether the planes in the air at the moment will be grounded.

An electrical fire, a brake problem, a fuel spill and cracks in the cockpit’s windshield have affected Dreamliner flights in the past week.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one of the most advanced aeroplanes ever created. Much of it is made from very strong, light carbon-fibre composite material.

However, a spate of technical issues has hurt its image. On Friday, two new problems were found, adding to Boeing’s woes.

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What was Flying over Santiago, Chile 4 Days Ago?

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On the 17th & 18th of December this year several glowing orbs, which looked like an alien fleet was observed over Santiago, Chile.

Usually these things are pronounced a hoax, but these seem to be filmed  from three different sources.

The wonderful thing about the mainstream media, not a word has been printed in five days…

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You can check The Canadian for more videos, photos and story.

UFOs, are they real?

I note that no air or military authority has commented either, maybe this one is too hard to explain.

Strong Crosswinds make for Ropey Landings

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Strong crosswinds caused problems for pilots landing at Bilbao in Spain. One pilot decided to err on the side of caution and aborted the landing.

 

Fokkers

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This story is purported to be true; I cannot account for that.

Following the Second World War a Dutch fighter pilot with the RAF was being interviewed live on the radio.

When asked about one of his most memorable sorties, the pilot went on to recount;

The Fokker Wulf

“Ve vas on patrol over the Channel, three ov us, ven we were jumped by six fokkers that came out of the sun.”

The story continued and the announcer explained at the end that the Fokker was a German fighter of renown ability.

That was when the pilot corrected him…

“No, no, dees fokkers vas Messerschmitts…”

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UFO Lying On The Bottom Of The Baltic Sea?

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by Lee Rannals
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“A Swedish expedition team has found an unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, leaving some to believe it’s the remnants of an extra-terrestrial ship. Scientists went off on a deep-water dive to debunk some theories about the underwater object, but were left with more questions than they had answers. At an unrevealed location some 250 feet below the brackish waters between Sweden and Finland, the deep-sea salvage company Ocean Explorer has discovered a large, bizarrely shaped object on the seabed. “I have been doing this for nearly 20 years, so I have a seen a few objects on the bottom, but nothing like this,” the crew’s team leader Peter Lindberg told Brooke Bowman of CNN. “We had been out for nine days and we were quite tired and we were on our way home, but we made a final run with a sonar fish and suddenly this thing turned up.”At first glance, said Lindberg, the team joked that they had found a UFO. However, upon closer inspection using a device known as a side-scan sonar, the joke no longer seemed quite so far-fetched. What they found appears to be a disc-shaped object roughly 180-feet in diameter with a rigid tail that extends another 1,200 or so feet.
And what’s more, when the team turned back to make another pass and get a closer look, they found another similarly shaped object some 600 feet away. Lindberg’s crew says that the object is too large to be part of a shipwreck and admits that they’re utterly stumped as to what the mysterious object could be. The divers found that the object was raised about 10 to 13 feet above the seabed, and curved in at the sides.The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, working like an opening. On top of the object, they found strange stone circle formations, which resembled small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something that resembled “soot.” “First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else,” Ocean X team diver Peter Lindberg said in a press release. Farther back from the object, the Ocean X team said that they could see a “runway” or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it.
Lindberg said the odd thing about the discovery is that there is no silt on the rock, which is an ordinary thing to find when lying at the bottom of the sea. He also told Fox News that the object is “disc-shaped” and “appears to have construction lines and boxes drawn on it.” Not surprisingly, this has led to wild speculation and a number of theories that border on the absurd. “We’ve heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas’s spaceship—the Millennium Falcon—to ‘it’s some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something,” Lindberg told CNN and the Daily Mail Online.The outline of the ship on pictures resembles the famous Star Wars ship the “Millennium Falcon.”
“During my 20-year diving career, including 6000 dives, I have never seen anything like this. Normally stones don’t burn. I can’t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions,” Stefan Hogeborn, one of the divers at Ocean X Team, said in the press release. “As laymen we can only speculate how this is made by nature, but this is the strangest thing I have ever experienced as a professional diver“, continues Peter Lindberg, one of the founder Ocean X Team.Scientists are currently examining samples from the circle-shaped object, and experts in sonar imaging are processing data from the “ship” to help shed more light on what exactly this underwater object is. Lindberg told the news agency that the Americans and Japanese “are much more excited” about the discovery than the local Swedish people.”

Brazilian AF Fighters vs Supreme Federal Tribual

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No, it’s not a war, but there’s some explaining to do.

Two Mirage fighters on a fly past after the air display hit the sound barrier and shattered the windows of the Supreme Tribunal Federal in Brasilia today.

Red faces all round

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