May 9, 2002 |
The FBI believes that one or more of the Arab men who an agent reported were suspiciously taking flight lessons at an Arizona school last summer have links to a terrorist group, Director Robert Mueller said at a Senate hearing yesterday. Nearly two months before the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, an agent in the FBI's Phoenix field office reported that seven or eight Arab men were studying engineering, airport operations, and pilot training at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.
September 25, 2009 |
Richard H. Shepherd Sr., 88, founder of a surety bond agency in Fort Washington, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday at the Hill at Whitemarsh, a continuing-care retirement community in Lafayette Hill. He lived in Chestnut Hill from 1956 through 2007. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Shepherd graduated from Germantown High School in 1939. He attended the University of Miami for two years and earned his bachelor's degree there in 1945, with credit for course study while he was in the Army Air Corps.
September 27, 1995 |
Maj. James Joseph Ridgway, 53, a retired Air Force pilot who grew up in Philadelphia, died of a heart attack Saturday near his home in Williamsburg, Va. He died while running an errand at nearby Fort Eustis in Newport News. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a degree in accounting in 1963 from St. Joseph's University, where he was in the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, but before he could complete his master's in business, he was ordered to Vietnam in 1968.
October 21, 1987 |
Military pilots are taught that their first concern during a flight emergency is to risk all - even their own lives - to save those on the ground, military officials said yesterday. During emergency flight training, every military pilot is taught to maneuver a failing aircraft away from populated areas, said Col. Bob Kershner, commander of the 111th Tactical Air Support Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. But when the engine failed yesterday on the jet fighter that Air Force Maj. Bruce L. Teagarden was flying over Indianapolis, he either could not or did not divert the crashing plane from the heavily populated area around the Indianapolis International Airport.
November 6, 1996 |
David Gethers, 31, a Philadelphia native who was within weeks of realizing a lifelong desire of becoming a commercial pilot, died Friday when his single-engine Mooney plunged into Galveston Bay, Texas. The crash was under investigation. Mr. Gethers, who belonged to the Civil Air Patrol while growing up in Philadelphia, graduated from Saul High School in 1983 and earned a bachelor's degree in earth sciences in 1987 at Bloomsburg State University. A member of ROTC, he went direct from college into the Air Force as a second lieutenant.
July 7, 1991 |
Support for the military can take many forms, as five Chester County companies discovered on Independence Day. They were to be honored by the U.S. Department of Defense as flags waved and bands played in Fourth of July ceremonies at East Goshen Park in West Chester - not for producing war materials but for helping employees who not only changed jobs but changed incomes when they put on uniforms to serve in Operation Desert Storm. Chester County Ob-Gyn Associates, Lukens Steel, MBB Helicopter, Shared Medical Services and Roy F. Weston Inc. were to receive Seven Seals Awards for going beyond what the law requires of employers.
November 21, 1996 |
James J. Coyle, 78, a career naval officer whose ship survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died of a stroke Tuesday at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, N.J. He was an Ocean City, N.J., resident for the last 13 years. Born in the Fairmount section of the city, Mr. Coyle graduated from St. Joseph's Prep and won an appointment to the Naval Academy. He graduated in 1940 as an ensign, and his first assignment was as senior engineering officer aboard the USS Raleigh, a light cruiser.
May 1, 2014 |
Vernon and Irene Castle had reached the peak of their fame in 1914. The husband-and-wife dance team starred in Irving Berlin's first Broadway show, Watch Your Step. They helped popularize the Fox-trot as well as ragtime, jazz rhythms, and African American music for dance. But Vernon gave up stage and stardom to fly combat missions during World War I - a decision that led to his death in a plane crash in 1918. D. Willard Zahn of Philadelphia was there and captured the wreckage in one of 57 black-and-white pictures he assembled in an album later passed on to his son, Dick, of Pitman, Gloucester County.
January 24, 2012 |
Looks like Red Tails , George Lucas' World War II biopic about the Tuskegee Airmen, made $19 million over the weekend. Decent, considering its limited opening in the dreaded dead zone between Christmas and the Oscars. I wasn't going to let ho-hum reviews stop me from seeing it. If anything, I went to honor men like Maj. John L. Harrison, one of the 320 surviving airmen (out of about 900) to receive a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Harrison saw it, too, and liked it. "I thought it was a superior depiction of aerial combat.
January 14, 1994 |
Combat pilots are used to doing their fighting high in the air. For several months, however, members of a Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit at Willow Grove Naval Air Station have been waging a struggle on the ground. With each other. The battle involves top officers and pilots of the 103d Fighter Squadron, which flies the A-10 Warthog, a two-engine jet fighter, between the suburban Philadelphia base and training sites near Harrisburg and at the Jersey Shore. Two A-10 pilots, Capts.