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An F-4U Corsair crashed yesterday while participating in the Celebrate Freedom Festival at Columbia, S.C., killing pilot Joseph Tobul, 68. The aircraft was streaming smoke as it overflew Columbia-Owens Downtown Airport and crashed in a nearby subdivision, but avoided hitting any homes.

EAA founder Paul Poberezny will be awarded the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in Washington, D.C., next month. Previous recipients include Igor Sikorsky and Charles Lindbergh...

A group of British and Dutch planespotters had their convictions of involvement in obtaining Greek state secrets overturned last week. The spotters were arrested near a Greek military base outside Kalamata last November 8, as they looked at aircraft and wrote down registration numbers as part of their hobby's ritual...

Boeing announced that it will decide by early next year what type of aircraft will be designed next. The struggling commercial aircraft manufacturer is deciding whether to design a ultra-fast airplane –like the proposed Sonic Cruiser – or a more traditional, "super-efficient" plane. During this process, the company is gathering feedback from several airlines...

Budget carrier JetBlue Airways reported a 21-percent increase in its third-quarter net income. The airline -- one of the few making a profit -- attributes the gain to added flights and an increase in passenger loads. JetBlue's revenue doubled to $165.3 million from $82.6 million. At the same time, other carriers are falling by the wayside, like National Airlines, who ceased operations last week...

Citing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) as a killer aboard airliners, dozens of airline passengers who say they suffered blood clots in tight airline seats are taking their cases to Britain's High Court. Fifty-six claimants accuse airlines of failing to warn them about DVT. The three-day hearing is to decide whether deep-vein thrombosis can be classified as an accident under the Warsaw Convention, which covers compensation for death and injury during air travel.