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New whooping crane chicks flew in a private plane to Wisconsin last week, to begin training with ultralights for their fall migration...

Boeing said last week at the Paris Air Show that its 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes are meeting, and often exceeding, expectations as they approach their sixth month of flight testing. One of the airplanes set a twin-engine airplane maximum takeoff weight record of 774,600 pounds. Test pilots say the airplanes handle just like other 777s…

Joe Gauthier of Cromwell, Conn., has been selected for EAA's 2003 Tony Bingelis Award, in recognition of his contributions to the homebuilt-aircraft community. He will receive the award at the annual Homebuilder's Dinner on July 31 at Oshkosh…

A Boeing 707 that served as an Air Force One for 28 years in presidential service was disassembled and moved 100 miles over the weekend to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The aircraft will be reassembled at the site and on public display by late 2004…

Stanford University, in Palo Alto, Calif., needs Bay Area pilots for a study of flying skills and aging. To be eligible you must have between 300 and 15,000 hours, be age 45 to 65, and a be current and active pilot with at least a third-class medical. For info, contact Annie or Tiffany at (650) 852-3457 or by e-mail at aboyd@stanford.edu.