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April 30, 2013

Airborne 04.30.13: SpaceShipTwo Breaks Mach, Furloughs Canceled, 787 Flies Again

Also: Boeing Debris From 9/11, Glasair SB, Tecnam's Astore, Nasty PPG Pilot, More Legal Excess

After a number of unpowered test flights, in which SpaceShipTwo was dropped from beneath its WhiteKnightTwo “Mothership,” to evaluate its flying qualities, SS2 has finally had the chance to fly under power. The vehicle utilizes a rubber-based solid fuel and nitrous oxide to power its single engine propulsion system. In the wake of growing consumer anger over airline flight delays, Congress worked quickly last week to pass legislation that will provide the FAA with funding to eliminate air traffic controller furloughs. The FAA on Thursday said that as soon as U.S. airlines make the necessary changes to the Dreamliner's battery system, it is cleared to return to revenue servi

SecAF Announces Departure

Michael Donley Will Step Down June 21

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force's top civilian after serving for nearly five years. "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force's great Airmen," Donley said.

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Civilian 747-400 Supporting Military Operations Down In Afghanistan

Plane Went Down Shortly After Takeoff From Bagram Air Field

A Boeing 747-400 belonging to National Air Cargo went down Monday afternoon at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The plane reportedly had eight crew members and five military vehicles on board. There was no immediate word on casualties.

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