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Strange But True General Aviation News

February 1, 2013 by Benét Wilson

Another miracle on the Hudson.  A man aboard a Piper Cherokee Six that ditched in New York’s Hudson River called his wife before calling 911 for help, reports AOPA Online.  Christopher Smidt and flight instructor Deniece De Priester were rescued by a boat operated by Yonkers police officers.

Daring helicopter rescue, part one!  Australia’s RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue is being credited with saving the life of a 14-month-old child and two women from a truck that had been swept up in flood waters, reports the Observer.  It took three tries to rescue the trio.

Daring helicopter rescue, part two! Australia’s AGL Action Rescue Helicopter saved an elderly couple whose home had been flooded, reports the Observer.  The couple was seen clinging to the side of a log.

Do the crime, do the time.  Lamar Kelly will spend 41 months in a federal prison after being convicted of shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter that was doing drug surveillance, reports SFGate.  Once he is released, he faces another three years of supervised release.

Bleeding, here – your airplane.  A romantic flight over Jacksonville, Fla., on New Year’s Eve took a bizarre turn when pilot Graham Hill realized that he had been shot, reports AvWeb. He handed over the controls to his girlfriend while he tended to his wound, and they made an emergency landing at Craig Field.

Pssst-wanna fly a U2?  The good folks at the Jalopnik blog managed to get their hands on a declassified copy of the manual to fly the iconic U-2, made famous in 1960 after pilot Gary Powers was shot down in the aircraft while flying over the Soviet Union.

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