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April 25, 2004

CarterCopter Advances towards Mu>1.0 (Part 1)

A recent CarterCopter press breakfast should have been called a "press brunch." The Carter people had so much news to put out that 2 1/2 hours after starting they were still going strong when the next outfit in line to use the media room ran out of patience entirely. As they were throwing the Carter crew out of the room, I was still learning new stuff from Carter's people, including Jay Carter Jr. and Anita Infante.

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International Space Station Status Report: Planning a Spacewalk

Report #22, 3 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 23, 2004

New crewmembers aboard the International Space Station settled into a routine of handover briefings and scientific experiments after their arrival early Wednesday. Epedition 9's Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke docked their ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft to the nadir port of the Zarya Control Module at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday. They opened hatches and boarded the station about an hour later, beginning a six-month stay.

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Just What We Needed... CAPTION CONTEST!!

Here We Go Again! Take Your Best Shot, Folks

The minute the ANN gang saw this photo, only two words were heard... "Caption Contest." The twisted minds of the Aero-News crew, still sleep deprived from dealing with the Aero-Insanity in Lakeland, all of a sudden realized that it was HIGH time for one of ANN's much-ballyhooed caption contests.  By the way, ANN reader Derrick was kind enough to share this with us... so you all could have a little fun. So... whatever happens from here on out... blame it on Derrick!

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IL TFR: Firefighting TFR Issued TFN

NOTAM: 4/3588 Issued: 04/24/2004 10:49 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: IL Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: HAZARDS Description: ILLIOPOLIS, IL.

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NE RV Get-Together Coming in June

New England Wing of Van's Air Force Announces Annual Fly-In

The New England Wing of Van's Air Force (NEVAF) has announced its 3rd annual fly-in will be held at Lawrence Municipal Airport (KLWM) on June 12th, with a rain date of June 19th. Hosted by EAA Chapter 106 (, this event will feature seminars on formation flying, flight testing and general aircraft building techniques. Although NEVAF is an organization of amateur builders of the Van's Aircraft line of kit aircraft, this event will be of interest to all amateur builders and aviation enthusiasts.

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Just Dropping In... USMC Heli Makes Landing In Remote Riverbed

It wasn't what the locals were expecting... A CH-53D helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 made a precautionary landing in Togochi Town, Hiroshima Prefecture (Japan) April 15 at 2 p.m. The helicopter safely made the landing in the Ota Riverbed due to a malfunction with the CH-53D's first stage hydraulic system.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.25.04)

"We're gonna go pretty fast." Source: CarterCopter's Jay Carter, who first stated that... "We intend to expand the envelope..." and when he realized that some of the journalists present (in a press conference) were not aviation-oriented, and hadn't seen The Right Stuff, he translated his statement into "Plain Texan" (as seen above).

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