It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a metal clipboard!
Gus Binos of Long Island, N.Y., is still reeling from seeing a metal object that fell from the sky and hit the ground a few feet from where he was standing, reports NBC New York
. The object turned out to be a metal clipboard that had flight patterns and navigation guidelines for flying through the Hudson River corridor and around the Statue of Liberty, and a runway map of MacArthur Airport.
Can’t we all play nicely. Youths in Australia thought it would be fun to destroy a 100,000-piece Lego helicopter worth $23,000 that was on display at a local mall, reports the New York Post. It took Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught six weeks to build the helicopter. The youths fled after destroying the model.
Tagged — you’re it. A Learjet valued at $2.3 million was spray painted with gang-related graffiti as it sat at Van Nuys Airport, reports CBS Los Angeles. The damage is estimated to be $100,000.
Flying with Frank Sinatra. Arik Kislin, a businessman in Kings Point, N.Y., has donated a Gulfstream II business jet previously owned by Frank Sinatra to the Western Suffolk BOCES aviation maintenance program, reports Newsday. The students will use the aircraft for training.
Fake monk? No… Last week we reported an item about Thai Buddhist monks flying on a private jet, wearing expensive sunglasses and carrying Louis Vuitton bags. The monk carrying the Vuitton bad turns out to be a fake monk who is allegedly married and having relationships with seven other women Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations told the Daily Mail.
A sad end. The first aircraft with the Air Force One designation — a 1948 a Lockheed VC-121 Constellation 48-610 used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower — is now decaying away in a field at Marana Regional Airport, reports the Air Force Times. The aircraft’s caretaker is looking for a museum willing to spend $200,000 restore it.
All’s well that ends well. Two skydivers and their pilot managed to escape from their aircraft right before it crashed into some trees in Auckland, New Zealand, reports ODT.co.nz. A pilot and his passenger made a successful landing in a field across the street from New Jersey’s Blairstown Airport, reports SFGate.com. Aliosman A. Bilukbash of Sciota, Pa., made an emergency landing in a field near a bank just outside Braden Airpark in Forks Township, Pa., reports the Pocono Record.
We’ll end the week with this YouTube clip of plane spotters at RAF Waddington in England getting quite a scare after a Eurofighter Typhoon came dangerously close the the spectators during a recent air show. Enjoy!