Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Indy Transponder 07-APR-09 1030z

US F-16s vs Canadian Cessna 172 from All Things Aviation by JetAviator7
Apparently a student pilot stole a Cessna 172 from a flight school in Canada and has flown the aircraft across the US border, over Wisconsin and on its way to Illinois. At the time of this writing the Cessna 172 is still in the air, and the State Capitol of Wisconsin has been evacuated. It is unclear what the intentions of this pilot are. Two F-16s intercepted the aircraft with the intention of forcing it to land at the Central Wisconsin Airport at Mosinee, WI. However, the aircraft did not land and continued its Westward journey. Around 9pm Central Standard time the aircraft landed on highway 60 in Missouri. The pilot fled the aircraft after landing. During the flight the pilot climbed to 14,500 where he could have suffered hypoxia, but later descended to 3,700 feet. The student pilot was aware that the F-16s were watching him, but they would not shoot the aircraft down unless it exhibited hostile intent. Of course sending a pair of F-16s on a mission is not cheap. It is estimated that the cost for this pursuit will be around $ 500,000. I am sure they would like this student pilot to pay for this, if they catch him. The moral of the story is this: don't steal airplanes, don't cross borders, don't aggravate F-16s and be very, very careful. Stay tuned - this should be a great story! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

Reports: Pilot Of Stolen Cessna 172 In Police Custody from Aero-News Network
Pilot Flees On Foot After Flying Into US ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.06.09 2215 EDT: The pilot of a stolen Cessna 172 has landed the aircraft on a highway near Ellsinore, MO after flying around for several hours, and leading to the evacuation of the Wisconsin state capitol.

Pilot Arrested After Plane Chase from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Authorities in Missouri arrested a Turkish-born Canadian alleged to be the pilot of a Cessna 172 stolen from a flight school in Thunder Bay, Ont. and the subject of a low speed chase across the Midwest on Monday. Officials at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont. called police when a man was spotted hopping the fence at the Thunder Bay Airport and jumping into one of its 172s for an "unauthorized flight." The pilot, identified as Yavus Burke, but who called himself Adam Leon, apparently picked a plane that was full of fuel because he coaxed about 1,000 nm out of it before setting down on a dirt road near Ellsinore, Mo. The state capitol in Madison, Wisc. was evacuated as the 172 passed overhead around 5 p.m. and the aircraft had plenty of company along the way.

(AP) The nation should stop pouring billions into futuristic, super-expensive F-22 jet fighters, pull the plug on new presidential helicopters and put the money into systems U.S. soldiers can use against actual foes, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared Monday.
What Does the Future Hold for the F-22?

Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Names 2009 Inductees from Aero-News Network
Five To Be Honored At October Banquet The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) tells ANN it will induct five aviators at a ceremony to be held this fall. John Jerstad, Paul Johns, LaVern Reller, Gunter Voltz, and Giles Meisenheimer will be honored for their achievements and contributions to aviation in Wisconsin.

Wings over the Crossroads '09' from Technorati for: Airshow

Local pilots: Death of Northport pilot leaves a void - Newsday, NY
(Handout) The death of Robert Baranaskas leaves a void in the tight-knit community of aviation enthusiasts who restore and fly World War II-era planes, say fellow pilots and friends of the Northport resident. Baranaskas' dedication to reviving vintage ...

Old warhorse tribute to flying ace - Marlborough Express, New Zealand
By CHERIE HOWIE - The Marlborough Express SKY HIGH: This restored Mk IX Spitfire, pictured during a test flight last month, will make its public flying debut at the Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka at Easter. The aircraft was restored by Brendon Deere ...

Warbirds host barbecue for Marine expeditionary unit - Paso Robles Press, CA
The past and present converged at Estrella Warbird Museum — a facility dedicated to preserving historic military aircraft and other vehicles — on Sunday as active servicemen of the Marine Expeditionary Unit HMM-166 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station ...

Smithsonian week speeds into the past - Press-Enterprise, CA
The closing-day activities on April 18 at the March Field Air Museum will include a final flurry of transportation activity, including family-friendly tours of antique air planes such as the Lockheed SR-71and the B-17 Flying Fortress.

Aviation museum to open - Northampton Chronicle & Echo, UK
Sywell Aviation Museum opens its doors for the 2009 season on Easter Saturday with an extremely rare wartime painting on display for the first time in nearly 70 years. The "nose art" cartoon was painted on the side of a Vickers Wellington Bomber which ...

EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION Chapter 1342 10th Annual Young ... - Grand Forks Herald, ND
EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION Chapter 1342 10th Annual Young Eagles Fly-in Free Airplane Rides SATURDAY April 11th 2009 (Rain Date: SUNDAY April 12th 2009) 10AM to 3PM CROOKSTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT CROOKSTON, MN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: BBQ ...

Young high fliers get an aeroplane classroom - Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom
An aeroplane built in Belfast has found a new home as an innovative classroom at a primary school in England. The 22-metre Short 360 aircraft arrived in the grounds of Kingsland Primary in Bucknall earlier this week after the pupils were asked what ...

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