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April 22, 2005

Wednesday's Tanker Crash Double Tragedy For Pilots' Family

One Pilot's Brother Died In 1995 Tanker Mishap

Wednesday's crash of a firefighting tanker in northern California was a double tragedy for the family pilot Paul Cockrell. You see, Paul's brother died in a 1995 mid-air while fighting a forest fire in the Anza-Borrego State Park, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Congress Keeps An Eye On Tanker Situation

Forest Service Stands Behind Aero Union

Members of Congress are watching very carefully safety issues surrounding America's dwindling firefighting tanker fleet, down to a mere 32 aircraft now in the wake of Thursday's mishap in Northern California. This, as the assistant director for aviation at the US Forest Service stood solidly behind the company that owned the ill-fated Lockheed P-3 Orion.

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First Bombardier Global 5000 Enters Service

Now Flying For Corporate Operator In The Mideast

Bombardier Aerospace says it's reached an important milestone with the entry into service of the first completed Bombardier Global 5000 business jet. The aircraft departed Montreal on Monday and is now in service with a corporate operator based in the Middle East.

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1500th Caravan Delivery Celebration

This One Went To Poland

The keys to the 1,500th Caravan (file photo of type, below) were presented to customer Radoslav Miskiewicz of GEMI Ltd. Thursday at Aero Friedrichshafen. GEMI Ltd., a trading company in the ferroalloys industry, is headquartered in Poland and will use the aircraft for private and business travel.

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