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July 21, 2007

Big News! Northrop Buys Out Scaled Composites

Company Currently Working On SpaceShipTwo, New Carrier Vehicle

Say it ain't so, Burt! Pending regulatory approval by the US Department of Justice, Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to increase its stake in Scaled Composites -- the maverick aerospace company led by Burt Rutan, and builder of the Ansari X-Prize Cup-winning SpaceShipOne -- from 40 percent to 100 percent.

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French Pilots Make Emergency Landing In Greenland On Way To OSH

Crew Spent 28 Hours On Glacier Awaiting Rescue

The Danish Navy rescued two pilots after they were forced to make an emergency landing on the Greenland Icecap Tuesday night.

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NASA Robots Practice Moon Survey In Arctic Circle

Units Will Search For Minerals, Water Using 3-D Laser Scanners

Two National Aeronautics and Space Administration robots are surveying a rocky, isolated polar desert within a crater in the Arctic Circle. The study will help scientists learn how robots could evaluate potential outposts on the moon or Mars.

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TSA Eases Ban On Common Lighters From Carry-ons

Breast Milk Exemption Also Modified

In an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats -- and not so much on hassling ordinary citizens -- the Transportation Security Administration announced Friday it will no longer enforce the ban on common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters, however, will continue to be banned in carry-ons.

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Oshkosh Memories... Colonel Clarence E 'Bud' Anderson, USAF Retired

"I Plan To Be There Again This Year"

Clarence E. (Bud) Anderson is a triple ace. During 116 combat missions with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group Anderson achieved 16.25 victories. Anderson stayed in the service after the war... and was decorated 26 times! Anderson still flies today and maintains his Flight Instructor Certificate.

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Southwest Airlines Announces Changes With Executive Contracts

Founders Kelleher Agrees To Stay On One Final Year At SWA Helm

The Board of Directors of Southwest Airlines announced Thursday details of its new employment contracts with Executive Chairman Herb Kelleher, President and Corporate Secretary Colleen Barrett, and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly.

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Delta Accused of Abandoning Unescorted Minors

Carrier Says Ages "Misrepresented"; Proper Actions Taken With Information Given

The family of a 15 year-old and 10 year-old who flew unescorted from Alabama to Alaska on Delta Air Lines is accusing the carrier of abandoning the children.

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ANN Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2007 Staff

Say Hello To Peter Riley!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2007 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Oshkosh Air Bosses Prepare For Their Days In The Sun

Without Operations Crew, There Wouldn't BE An Air Show

They are generally known as the "Redshirts." If you've ever attended the afternoon airshow at Oshkosh, you've seen them.

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Flight Design Includes Rotax 912 DVD With Aircraft

Details Proper Operation, Maintenance Practices

Flight Design tells ANN it now packages a DVD video and booklet with every new CT Special-Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) the company sells.

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Now Available -- A Lighter Legend Cub

Allows Greater Payload, Fuel... And Options

American Legend Aircraft Company announced Friday the company has reduced the empty weight on its popular Legend Cub airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.21.07)

"Soon after the crash we noticed helicopters, I don't think more than three hours had passed. We had blankets, a little food and water so it wasn't that bad."

Source: Laure Delesalle, who along with Loic Pochet suffered minor injuries Thursday when they were forced to put their ultralight down on the Greenland Icecap. The two pilots were winging their way to Oshkosh, WI from France.

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