By Scott Dance and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Lightning struck Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's air traffic control tower, injuring one person and shutting down the airport for nearly three hours Thursday afternoon, delaying or stranding thousands of travelers. A bolt struck the tower about 2:30 p.m., shocking a controller as he was flipping a switch to turn on a generator that powers backup runway lights, said John Dunkerly, president of BWI's chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
NEWS | September 4, 2013
¿ Boy Scout Troop 832 of Timonium has reason to be proud. The troop has an entire Scout patrol whose members started their Boy Scout journey together and completed it together as Eagle Scouts. The six members of the Cobra patrol, Clayton Cuddington, Jonathon Dordai, Matthew Hall, Lucas Myers, Nicholas Myers, and Dominic Piedmont, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and are now starting new journeys as freshmen in college. Clayton, Jonathon, Matthew, Lucas, and Nicholas started in Cub Scouts and then bridged into the troop at the end of fifth grade.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
A fighter jet that crashed off Chincoteague Island in Virginia this month was recovered in pieces from more than 100 feet below the ocean's surface during a 15-day salvage operation that ended this week, according to the Navy. Among the salvaged wreckage was the jet's flight data recorder, which could reveal more information on how the aircraft went down. The D.C. Air National Guard pilot of the F-16C Falcon, based out of Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County, survived the accident after ejecting and being rescued by the Coast Guard.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
A plane headed from Boston to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia Sunday evening after smoke was detected in the cabin. Laura-Chase McGehee, a freelance photographer and former Annapolis Capital newspaper journalist, said the plane landed in Philadelphia at about 6 p.m. and that no one appeared to be injured. BWI's website confirmed that the flight was diverted to Philadelphia International Airport and officials referred comment to JetBlue Airways.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2013
I had a great chance today to be part of two panels on CNN's "Reliable Sources" that looked at how the media were framing the NSA surveillance story even as Edward Snowden was en route to Moscow and points beyond looking for asylum in Ecuador. Host Howie Kurtz and the producers threw out the show's game plan and went with the Snowden story during all segments but one Sunday. Check out these two videos not just to see CNN's worldwide coverage, but also how Kurtz and his guests were able to critique the media aspect of the story as the story itself was unfolding.
June 21, 2013
Scale model aircraft take to the skies at Airplanes of the World, Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Konterra Model Air Park, 6050 Van Dusen Road. Spectators are welcome; remote control pilots are required to pay a $10 fee and have a current valid American Modelers Association membership card to participate. Watch the flight of scale-model aircraft ranging from biplanes of early 20th-century up to today's jets, including fixed wing, helicopter, electric, gas and glow.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
Richard A. Lowndes, a flight instructor and master picture framer, died June 15 of complications after heart surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. The former Riderwood resident was 61. The son of a Maryland National Bank executive and a fine-arts appraiser, Richard Arden Lowndes was born in Baltimore and raised on Springway Road in Riderwood. He used his middle name of Arden. Mr. Lowndes was a great-grandson of Lloyd Lowndes Jr., who was elected Maryland governor in 1896.
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
Southwest Airlines and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport are talking about adding overseas flights, perhaps as early as 2015. "International is going to grow at BWI, and it's going to grow with Southwest," said Paul Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director, who recently had dinner with Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. Kelly's "primary focus is international. If you look at the new Houston terminal, it looks very much like us," Wiedefeld said. "By 2015, [Southwest officials] are going to be very aggressive in that area, and we are working with them on how we meet that demand.
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Robo Raven is making aviation history - again. The robotic bird's maiden flights in December were a first in the history of flying machines, but lasted only seconds inside the Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland, College Park. Now the mylar and carbon fiber contraption is back, soaring higher, longer and more accurately - the first machine ever built that flies on wings that can move independently of each other, as real birds' do. "Nobody has flown anything with independent wing control," before, said S.K. Gupta, a professor of mechanical engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at College Park.
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
For nearly a quarter-century, members of the airborne electronic attack squadron VAQ-209 have launched their jets from this air base in Prince George's County for deployments over Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Earlier this month, Navy Cmdr. James King and Lt. Cmdr. Justin Van Hoose climbed into the cockpits of the squadron's last two EA-6B Prowlers for a final flight before the squadron moves this summer from Maryland to the West Coast. The Navy has ordered the squadron - the only one of its kind staffed by reservists - to join the dozen active-duty squadrons at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State.
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