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Strange But True General Aviation News

September 14, 2012 by Benét Wilson

Here’s a weekly roundup of  all the strange, crazy, unique, and interesting things people do in the general aviation community. Enjoy!

Let’s go to the video tape. A cameraman in the Netherlands was in the right place at the right time when his cockpit camera filmed two single-engine planes flying side by side that got stuck together at the wings, reports 9 News.  One plane was towing a political banner, while the other was filming a commercial; both landed safely and no one was injured.

I hope you can “swallow” this story! The annual swallow migration to San Juan Capistrano, Calif., includes a stop in Rockford International Airport–much to the chagrin of pilots flying jets used by House Speaker John Boehner and media icon Oprah Winfrey.  Swallows collided with an Embraer ERJ-135 used by the speaker and a Bombardier Global Express used by Winfrey, reports the Rockford Star.

I guess he failed that test. A man doing a brake test on his 1943 Beech 18/C-45 ended up in a ditch and needed to be rescused, reports WAYV-TV.  He was doing the brake test and they failed, and he was rescued by nearby tractor.

He actually “landed” at Home Depot.  Pilot Jim Victor was minding his own business, shopping at Home Depot, when he got a call from Bob Smith, president of the Kingsville, Ohio, Volunteer Fire Department.  Neighbors heard what they thought was an accident, and the fire department was called, reports the Star-Beacon. In fact, they heard the Victor’s aircraft, a Pitts S-2B biplane, crackle and pop, but he landed the airplane safely without incident.

It’s raining catfish!  Our own Editor At Large Tom Horne earlier this week posted here about an unusual sight at the Vero Beach, Fla., airport when he landed–catfish flopping on the ramp!

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One Response to “Strange But True General Aviation News”

  1. Sid Lotz Says:

    I’m probably missing some essential data here, but how is the HondaJet a pioneering effort for mounting jet engines on top of the wing, when the Fokker VFW 614 did it successfully starting in 1971, over 40 years earlier?

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