Grounded: Feds stall airline mega-merger

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The Justice Department and a number of state attorneys general sue to stop the proposed $11 billion merger that would have created the world’s largest airline.

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Solar Impulse plane ends American odyssey with fears, tears and cheers

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The Swiss-built Solar Impulse airplane ended its two-month-long, solar-powered trip across America with a nail-biter of a flight from Washington to New York on Saturday.

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FAA to close 149 air traffic control towers to meet required budget cut

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CHICAGO — Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration released a final list Friday of 149 air traffic control facilities that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month.

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BREAKING: FAA grounds all Boeing 787s over safety concerns

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The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Boeing 787 planes, also known as the “Dreamliner,” until the aircraft are proven to be safe to fly.

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All eyes on the sky as China’s aviation sector climbs high

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China’s main air show opened on Tuesday, coinciding with the once-in-a-decade Communist Party meeting to select the country’s new leaders.

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Swiss Air Force demonstrates high flying skills

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A crowd watches an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force on Oct. 11 doing a flight demonstration over Axalp in the Bernese Oberland.

What’s it like to fly a plane with a shuttle on top? Well, noisy …

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It’s the ultimate piggyback ride: A space shuttle perched atop a Boeing 747 as the pair crisscrosses the country.

For three decades, this was how NASA transported shuttles that landed in the California desert to their Florida home base. But it’s coming to an end.

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Boeing 767’s landing gear door falls into neighborhood near Seattle

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The landing gear door of a Boeing 767 fell from the sky and narrowly missed a car parked a couple of feet away in Kent, Wash., NBC station KING 5 of Seattle reported.

Roughly the size of a refrigerator door, the Boeing part is made of carbon fiber, Federal Aviation Administration officials told KING. Bits of carbon fiber remained embedded deep in the pavement of Southeast 231st Way, about 15 miles east of Seattle, after FAA officials toted the part away as part of an investigation, KING reported.

Not so fast, naysayers: These may be parts of Earhart’s plane

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Pieces of Amelia Earhart’s plane may have been located in the depths of the waters off Nikumaroro island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to a preliminary review of high-definition video taken last month at the uninhabited coral atoll believed to be Earhart’s final resting place.

Panoramic image: At home in a retired Boeing 727

In link, Bruce Campbell relaxes in the Boeing 727-200 that he converted to a home in rural Hillsboro, Oregon. Campbell bought the used airplane from Olympic Airways, and had it flown from Athens, Greece to Portland-Hillsboro Airport. He removed the wings before towing the fuselage to his property and reattaching the wings there.

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Amelia Earhart 75th anniversary: New expedition tries to unravel mystery of her disappearance

Seventy-five years after Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, a new expedition will search the waters in hopes of resolving the longstanding mystery of what happened to the American aviation pioneer.

The Niku VII expedition will search the underwater reef slope off the west end of Nikumaroro, formerly Gardner Island, an uninhabited coral atoll in the Pacific, looking for signs of wreckage from Earhart’s Lockheed Electra.

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