Author Karen Small

Retired Air Force pilot Victor Hernandez, 89, passes along that advice from Viera, Fla., where his small private plain experienced fuel problems last week. Hernandez, who flew in World War II, had to make an emergency landing next to the reflecting pool at the Brevard County Government Complex. Read Florida Today’s story here and see the video below. “When you fly an aircraft, you’re constantly thinking, ‘if something goes wrong, what am I going to do?’ And I mean this is something that is ingrained in you, in the pilot, especially light aircraft,” Hernandez said, according to news reports. Hernandez said…

A Maine resident says he’s sure that an old plane ejection seat carried off a western Maine mountain a couple of weeks ago belongs to an Air Force B-52C trainer that crashed in 1963, according to the Bangor Daily News. Pete Pratt, who belongs to a club behind a memorial to the crash, said he will contact the airplane or seat manufacturer to see if serial numbers taken from the historical find can be traced to its position within the jet plane, the Bangor paper reported. He wants to know if the person who was in the seat was one…

The crew of an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter made a surprise landing last Wednesday on the southeast coast of Britain, but the only emergency appeared to be a snack attack, several media reports said. A couple of crew members jumped out, walked to a snack bar and purchased four ice creams before reboarding and taking off, beachgoers reported. According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Francis Ford, 18, served the crew members — wearing their full flight uniforms — at the Winterton Dunes Beach Café in Norfolk. Ford initially thought he was the victim of a hoax. “I said ‘Oh, hello…

Petting a moose is not a good idea under any circumstances, the experts say, but at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, officials are warning airmen and their families to be especially careful about any encounters with moose this year. The unusually heavy snow this winter has reduced moose food supplies, making them especially cranky, Herman Griese, a civilian wildlife specialist at the base, said in a release Tuesday. Griese also said that with the snow still 3 feet deep in the area, the animals are more likely to be found on a sidewalk, driveway or bike path, especially if you’ve been…

Three airmen from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., were honored Saturday for their work with military working dogs, although canines were the real center of attention. Florida Today reports that Tech. Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Sonnier and Staff Sgt. Michael Moret received medals from the U.S. War Dogs Association at the Veterans Memorial Center of Brevard County. The center showed off its new tribute to military working dogs: a life-sized bronze statue of Brutus the war dog standing next to an empty helmet, atop a granite marker. Maj. John Newton, commander of the 45th Security Forces Squadron at…

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