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December 30, 2012

NYCAviation’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories Of 2012

One American 757 lands at St. Maarten while another taxis for departure. (Photo by Mario J. Craig)
10. American Airlines Baggage Handlers Took Apart Planes to Hide Drugs | October 22, 2012 | A former American Airlines baggage handler was sentenced to three life terms plus an extra 35 years for running a drug smuggling ring out of New York’s JFK International Airport and Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados. Read…

(Map by The Aviation Herald/Google Earth)
9. Rescuers Locate Crashed Sukhoi Superjet On Indonesian Mountain | May 9, 2012 | A followup to this May story, when a Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed in Indonesia. Read…

Space Shuttle Main Engine removal post STS-135. Note the form and appearance of the real RS-25 engine. (Photo by Suresh A. Atapattu/WWW.ATAPATTU.NET)
8. Photos: Inside the Mummification of Space Shuttle Discovery March 27, 2012 | NYCA Space Correspondent Suresh Atapattu took an exclusive look at the preparation of Space Shuttle Discovery as it became a shell of its former self before moving to the Smithsonian. Read…

Space Shuttle Discovery passes Atlantis on her journey to the VAB, and later, the Smithsonian. For a brief few seconds, the two spacecraft were a few feet apart, a scene which will never be replicated.
7. Photos: Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time | March 16, 2012 | Two shuttles crossed paths a final time before being shipped off to their new museum homes. Read…

American Airlines US Airways merger domain names
6. American Airlines Merger With US Airways a Done Deal, If Domain Name Purchases to Be Believed | March 12, 2012 | When US Airways began buying up domains that would be useful for a merger with American, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. Little did we know that nine months later we would still be seeking clarity about the carriers’ merger plans. Read…

A UTAir Antonov An-24 does its best monster truck impression.
5. Is This The Most Dangerous Takeoff Ever Captured On Video? | October 24, 2012 | We found a ridiculous clip of a Russian airliner taking off from a mud pit and sent it viral. Read…


4. Here’s Why You Don’t Fly Cross-Country on Standby Tickets With Kids During the Summer When You’re Broke | August 22, 2012 | We met a family who learned the hard way that flying on buddy passes during peak travel periods without a backup plan is a very bad idea. Read…


3. Southwest Airlines Plane Slides Off Snowy Denver Taxiway | November 10, 2012 | Nobody was injured when a Southwest jet skidded off a runway in Denver during an pre-winter snowfall. Read…

In preparation for its flight to New York, Space Shuttle Enterprise is mounted to the top of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Dulles Airport early Friday morning. (Photo by NASA/Bill Ingals)
2. Where to Watch Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York | April 24, 2012 | After a few days of weather delays, on April 27th, millions of New Yorkers gazed to the skies to see Space Shuttle Enterprise soar by on the back of the Shuttle Carrier 747 on its way to the USS Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, and thousands of them used this map to find the best shuttle spotting spots. Read…


1. Hurricane Sandy Live Air Travel Updates | October 29, 2012 | Our most viewed story of the year was also the most devastating. In addition to the thousands of homes and lives damaged by Hurricane Sandy, it flooded most of the New York area’s aviation infrastructure, canceling thousands of flights in the process. Read…