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My Top 5 Interesting Aviation Stories Of The Week

15 Apr

Between Aviation Week’s MRO Americas show in Miami and a quick trip to Atlanta for an airports cover story I’m working on, the week was hopping.  And while I didn’t find many must-read stories, I did find some that I found interesting, so I’m here to share.

  1. My Aviation Week colleagues did a great job covering the MRO Americas show, and I urge you to check out their work, here. I would be remiss if I didn’t put in a plug of our team’s coverage of the 27th annual National Space Symposium.
  2. This story in the New York Times on the renovation of San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 makes me long for the days when I was still on the airports beat.  SFO is my original hometown airline, and they took an old, 1950s drab international terminal that had been shuttered for a decade and turned it into a glamorous, environmentally friendly facility that the city can be proud of.  And did I mention it has FREE  wi-fi and 350 power outlets? Cranky Flier offers his thoughts on the “new” terminal.
  3. A Yahoo Travel columnist compiled a list of what he called “America’s Meanest Airlines.”  I watch these things with some bemusement, because on any given day, any airline can be the best — or the worst — you’ve ever flown.
  4. ABC News/Associated Press did a great story on the place lost luggage  goes: the Unclaimed Baggage Center, in Scottsboro, Ala., about an hour outside of Huntsville.  The airlines sell your lost luggage to the center, which in turn, sells it to the public out of its warehouse-like facility. I clicked on the center’s Peek In The Bag link, and saw a customer spent $165 on a Garmin GPS, $150 for a Panasonic digital camera and $20 for new Ann Taylor slacks.  You can follow the center on Twitter at @UnclaimedBag.
  5. And last,  but CERTAINLY not least,  is this NPR story — Tuskegee Airmen: ‘Rock Stars’ of American History — from reporter Karen Grigsby Bates on what is seen as the last gathering of the Tuskegee Airmen.  I will not lie–the story brought me to tears (yes, I’m even tearing up now).  I grew up the daughter and granddaughter of Air Force officers.  The sacrifices that these men made allowed my father and grandfather to have stellar careers in the military.  I heard the stories of the Airmen’s exploits growing up, and it was a big part of why I’m the aviation geek that I am today.

The pickings were slim for this week’s Strange But True Aviation News, but my beloved Twitter followers came through for me.  We have the ultimate aviation amusement park, enhanced pat-downs for small children and dumb pilots in the basket of crazy this week.  Enjoy!

And since I’m down south visiting Delta Air Lines, I thought I’d end this post with a vintage commercial — We Love To Fly and it Shows — from 1987. Check out that Lockheed L-1011!


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