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Wally Schirra, an original Mercury astronaut and the only astronaut to fly in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, died last week at the age of 84…

Top Gun is the greatest aviation movie of all time, according to 10,000 people who voted in an EAA poll on the subject. The 1986 Tom Cruise film earned more than 20.5 percent of the vote, ahead of the 1949 classic Twelve O’Clock High…

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says a radar approach facility in Rome, N.Y., was closed for part of a day last week due to a staff shortage. The union says the manager at the Griffiss Airfield facility opted to shift traffic to Boston Center rather than find someone to replace a sick controller and risk messing up the schedule later in the week…

The FAA might want all or part of the $12 million it spent on plans for a new Myrtle Beach air terminal back after local politicians rejected the project last week. The agency was also ready to spend $43 million on the building, which was turned down by the Community Appearance Board.