April 9, 1989 |
In her heyday, she soared across the Atlantic, carrying tourists, soldiers and other travelers bound for Europe and Africa. She survived a mishap in the Congo. For the last 22 years, she has been a Lower Bucks landmark, perched astride concrete pillars that rise above a restaurant that is now abandoned. Skimming the rooftops in ever-more-peeling paint, she has endured in that spot despite two deaths at the grand opening, the bankruptcy of the former owner and, most recently, an attempt to cart her off to make way for a gas station.
February 6, 1995 |
For years, airlines have tinkered with ways to improve service to business travelers, who make up only one-third of some carriers' customers but provide more than one-half of the revenue because of the higher fares they usually pay. On long flights, airlines treat first-class and business-class passengers with great respect, offering big seats, plenty of legroom, a variety of food and wine, and electronic entertainment. But on short flights, most travelers get the opposite: cramped quarters and little or no food.
March 30, 1989 |
It was a perfect day for kite flying in Valley Forge Park - unseasonable temperatures around 75 degrees and a balmy breeze that would make for a great launch and lofty heights. Cousins Kati Duffi, 10, and Jolene Mudri, 7, were on the pad as designated mission commanders, and they followed the flight plan to the letter.
December 7, 1986 |
It was Thanksgiving morning, and Robert Trinkle had just lifted off in his Beechcraft Duke twin-engine plane from Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Trinkle and his wife, Betty, residents of the Wilderness Acres section of Cherry Hill, were vacationing in Florida and had just picked up their son, Len, to ferry him back to Marco Island, Fla., for a holiday dinner. "We were 10 minutes into the flight when I was contacted by Miami Center," Trinkle said. "That's when our holiday flight plan changed.
December 21, 1995 |
ROOFTOP-HEIGHT FLIGHT GETS APPROVAL FROM FAA It's a flight plan so extraordinary - a cross-country dash at rooftop height - that most pilots wouldn't even bother to ask permission. But the Federal Aviation Administration approved the trip with holiday cheer. The red aircraft with white and green trim, officially designated "Santa 1," has been cleared for speeds of more than 400 m.p.h. for a trip from the North Pole to the homes of good little boys and girls. The technical specifications from the official FAA flight plan, released yesterday: Flight type: visual flight rules.
October 18, 2012 |
One person was reportedly killed in the explosion and fiery crash of a helicopter this morning in Bucks County and federal authorities are now investigating the incident. The helicopter went down in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, a Bucks County dispatcher said. The area, just off River Road, is directly across from Frenchtown, N.J. The pilot may have been the sole occupant of the aircraft. Multiple media accounts identify the pilot as Doug Brigham, a retired corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police.
December 31, 1997 |
A preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board on the Dec. 21 plane crash that killed two people in East Vincent did not indicate any apparent mechanical failures in the Cessna 152, but a finding of probable cause will not be available for several months. One witness to the accident "with a piloting background" suggested "the maneuvering was similar to stall initiation and recovery," the report stated. Stall initiation and recovery is a standard maneuver used to train pilots to handle aircraft in case of an aerodynamic stall, according to Everitt DuPont, manager of the New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon and a flight instructor.
August 5, 2012 |
When it comes to family vacations, flying with children is likely one of the largest logistical dragons you'll slay. From toddler tantrums and teen boredom to infant ear pain and stroller storage, the list of potential issues is long. I went to some of my favorite family travel gurus for advice. Toddlers: Entertainment is the name of the game. As Wise Bread contributor Julie Rains shares, forgetting to factor this in can result in a fidgety flight. Her top tip? Pack headphones.
October 18, 2012 |
The pilot killed this morning in a helicopter crash in Bucks County was great-grandson of former President Herbert Hoover, according to his mother's obituary. Douglas Brigham, a retired State Police corporal from Erwinna, died early this morning when a private helicopter he was operating exploded and crashed in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, authorities said. The area, just off River Road, is across from Frenchtown, N.J. The crash is under investigation by federal aviation authorities.
August 12, 2000 |
The wreckage of two planes that collided Wednesday, killing all 11 aboard, was moved yesterday to a warehouse where federal investigators hope to learn something from the debris. With the ground investigation nearly complete, the focus of the inquiry will now move to Washington for an analysis of radar data and global positioning systems' maps of debris strewn over one-half square mile of farmland and homes, said Robert Benzon, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge.