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Two explosions in the cargo wing of Lagos International Airport hurt eight and damaged airport buildings and a warehouse Thursday. Airport officials said they don't know what caused the blasts but we wonder if they might spring for more firefighting equipment, now. A single pumper and hose were used to battle the huge blaze...

The life span of the Osprey tilt-rotor program could be cut short in the spring of next year. Pete Aldridge, the Pentagon's weapons buyer, made no bones about his lack of faith in the complicated aircraft when he talked to reporters last week. Flight testing has resumed on the $90 million aircraft after two deadly crashes...

The companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum is 75-percent complete and heading toward a December 2003 opening. The facility at Washington-Dulles International Airport will house most of the collection not on display at the museum's centerpiece on the National Mall...

United Air Lines is hopeful it will get a $1.8 billion loan guarantee after its machinists' union agreed to $1.5 billion in wage and benefit concessions over the next five years. That brings to $5.8 billion the total value of concessions won by the company in its fight for survival...

US Airways isn't taking the blame but it did take away the purple, black and blue ice clumps that littered a home in Freeport, Penn., earlier this week. The FAA is investigating whether the material was frozen bathroom waste from a passing airliner.