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SpaceX Launches Dragon Capsule Toward International Space Station– First in Series of Supply Runs by Private Company

A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday from Cape Canaveral in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA. It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule by the SpaceX company. SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation,is a space transport company […]

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Fighter Jets Over I-355, West Suburbs, Lombard, Medinah Were on Flyover Mission for 39th Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony

Who would expect that a golfing match — even a world-renowned tournament — might start a little like an NFL Super Bowl? Musical performances, patriotic processions including flag-waving and flag-raising, and a fighter jet flyover were included during the opening ceremony of the 39th Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois Wednesday evening between 4:00 p.m. and […]

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Reports of F-16 Fighters Flying Low and Fast Over Lombard, West Suburbs

UPDATE: Who would expect that a golfing match — even a world-renowned tournament — might start a little like an NFL Super Bowl? Musical performances, patriotic processions including flag-waving and flag-raising, and a fighter jet flyover were included during the opening ceremony of the 39th Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois Wednesday evening between 4:00 p.m. […]

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Airlines Set Baggage Fee Record in First Half of 2012 — Delta Wins

U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period. Airlines started collecting baggage fees in 2008. Delta collected the most fees — $430 million in baggage fees in the first six months of the year. United Airlines collected […]

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American Eagle Commuter Plane Returns to O’Hare, Skids Off Runway to Paved Area

No injuries are reported after American Eagle Flight 4069 took off for Tulsa, but returned after the pilot reported problems with the landing gear about 8:30 a.m. The aircraft — an Embraer ERJ-145 twin jet — landed, but skidded off the runway. There are no reports of any injuries. Passengers exited and were bused back […]

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NATO Drone Chicago: MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper Over Elgin?

VIDEO: A drone spotted in the Elgin area on Saturday, May 12, 2012. A man with a video camera at a soccer field in Elgin, Illinois has claimed to have captured on May 12, 2012 what appears to be a drone Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that he says was flying toward Chicago the weekend before […]

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Video Surveillance Drone? Apparent Drone Sighted Over Elgin Headed Toward Chicago Week Before NATO Summit

VIDEO: A drone UAV spotted in the Elgin area on Saturday, May 12, 2012. A man with a video camera at a soccer field in Elgin, Illinois has captured on May 12, 2012 what appears to be a drone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that he reports was flying toward Chicago the weekend before the NATO […]

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International Cargo Center at O’Hare to Rise from Northeast Side Former Military Land

Singapore Air Cargo Boeing 747 passes over Arlington Heights. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday unveiled a $200 million International Cargo Project that he claims will create 1,200 construction jobs, 1,200 permanent on-site cargo jobs and another 10,000 regional jobs over the course of a decade-long development. The cargo center could boost the Chicago economy […]

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Delta Flight 3163 Quarantined At The Gate At Midway International Airport.

UDPATE: CDC is not using the term ‘quarantine’ for this aircraft incident. Delta Flight 3163 was quarantined at a gate at Midway International Airport on Thursday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was holding a Delta Airlines aircraft at the gate Thursday afternoon while analyzing a report that a female with a rash and […]

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Harry Mortimer League, of Arlington Heights; Patrick Franzen, of Bend, Oregon Killed in High Performance Lincair Kit Aircraft Crash

Harry Mortimer League, 68, of Arlington Heights, Illinois and Patrick Franzen, 52, of Bend, Oregon were found dead after an single engine airplane crashed near Sisters, Oregon. League was also a resident of Terrebonne, Oregon. The aircraft wreckage was spread over a large area near a logging road in the Deschutes National Forest. No information […]

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O’Hare Named “Best Airport in North America” by Global Traveler Magazine 12th Straight Year

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), which operates O’Hare and Midway International Airports, accepted the “Best Airport in North America” award for O’Hare International Airport from Global Traveler, a business travel and lifestyle magazine for international business travelers. It is the 12th straight year that O’Hare has been named “Best Airport in North America” by […]

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Favorite Commercial: British Airways “To Fly. To Serve” Television Ad

Remarkable television commercial from British Airways showing progress of air travel and aviation history from biplanes to modern jet aircraft. British Airways Television Ad Transcript Those first young men, the pioneers, the aviators building super highways in an unknown sky. Leaving wives and children in their snug homes, with just a kiss and a promise […]

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