Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to. Analysts at the French aviation laboratory where the scrap...

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Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain. Profits were dented by a 290 million euro charge related to...

This undated image provided by Facebook shows the Aquila, a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, designed by Facebook’s aerospace team in the United Kingdom. (Facebook via AP)

Facebook ready to spread Internet drone’s giant wings

The giant social network says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737’s, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Chemical mix-up damages Boeing tanker

Just weeks before the planned first flight of a fully outfitted KC-46 Air Force tanker, the plane’s fueling system has been damaged by a chemical mix-up, temporarily grounding the jet. Meanwhile, Boeing put veteran executive Scott Fancher in charge of the troubled tanker program.

Bombardier delays new business jet as setbacks mount

Bombardier is pushing back the commercial debut of its Global 7000 business jet by two years, yet another setback for a planemaker that has seen debt balloon due to delays with the CSeries commercial program.

Boeing gives Kennedy Center $20 million for expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing  is giving the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $20 million toward the center's expansion project. The Kennedy Center announced the gift Wednesday from the Chicago-based company. The center broke ground on the $100 million project in late 2014 and expects to begin active construction this fall....

FAA investigating airliner that nearly ran out of fuel

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials are investigating why an Allegiant Air passenger jet nearly ran out of fuel before landing at an airport that was temporarily closed to most traffic. Allegiant said Tuesday it is cooperating with the Federal Aviation Administration's investigation of the incident. The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers landed safely last...

Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious. Siebold was aware that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had violently disintegrated but then blacked out. When he awoke,...