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An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, left, and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft participate in an icing test while a T-38 Talon aircraft, top, acts as a photo chase plane. (Photo: U.S. National Archives)

The Lost Art of Airborne Ice Accretion Testing

On Oct.31, 1994, American Eagle flight 4184 impacted the cold Indiana turf as the aircraft suffered from supercooled droplets freezing and compromising the use of the ATR 72’s ailerons. The immediate impact of this new concept of supercooled droplets would create a massive increase in the use of airborne icing tankers in the United States and simultaneously start the downfall of airborne testing facilities. While proving an aircraft can handle icing conditions is not uncommon, the early use of icing…

Qatar Airways Inks Interline Agreement with Massachusetts’ Cape Air

Qatar Airways has entered into an interline partnership with Massachusetts-based Cape Air, following alongside its American codeshare partner JetBlue Airways. Known for its regional service throughout the Northeastern United States, Cape Air operates a fleet of turboprop Cessna 402C aircraft to destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Lebanon, N.H. and…

Look Out Below: An Usual Way of Transporting Fish to…

Utah has an unusual and spectacular way of restocking it's more remote and difficult to access lakes: airdropping fish directly above the lakes. Although typically used to quickly insert military forces or supplies to recipients on the ground, fish are now finding themselves being dropped from airplanes. A video posted by…

Trip Report: Getting Back to Basics on Cape Air

Cape Cod-based Cape Air is known mostly for flying between the Massachusetts islands, Cape Cod and other New England cities, including its hub in Boston, using small propeller aircraft. However, what most people don’t know is that Cape Air provides a valuable service that help connects New England, Essential Air…