Aviation News

January 23, 2012

Final Call: Modern UAVs Grounded in Favor of 1950s Spy Planes, Psychics Say Apollo 16 Met Moon Men

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Taking a break from hauling 787 parts, the Boeing Dreamlifter N249BA gets some R&R in Miami

Photo of the Day: Taking a break from hauling 787 parts, the Boeing Dreamlifter (N249BA) gets some R&R in Miami. (Photo by Mark Lawrence)

• The Obama Administration plans to ground and halt production of the state-of-the-art Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV in favor of the state-of-1950s Lockheed U-2 spy plane. [Dayton Daily News]

• ATR’s 42 and 72 now dominate the turboprop market, taking a lopsided lead over the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 series. [FlightGlobal]

• Ignoring international outrage against the Syrian government’s recent slaughter of demonstrators, Moscow has agreed to the sale of 36 new Yakovlev Yak-130 fighter jet trainers. [Russian Aviation]

• A group of psychics says they’re pretty sure the Apollo 16 astronauts encountered an alien shipwreck on the moon, and that they should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their bravery. [Discovery]

• Because being a Pan Am flight attendant really was as cool as the TV show portrays it, a former Pan Am stewardess writes about the time she danced with the Shah of Iran. [Reuters]