At 22 years old, Alex Sahr was the nose gunner for an American B-24 bomber in World War II.
At 90 years old, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a veteran’s cap, Sahr can still recall looking down on Omaha Beach in the four-motored warbird that June afternoon in 1944.
By Megan Card, Forum Communications
, June 20, 2012
Texting while driving is one thing. The evidence on that is in, and the conclusion is hard to avoid: The practice is wildly dangerous, and authorities are right to be talking about a ban.
But Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and others in Washington are jumping the gun by trying to ban the use of personal computers in airline cockpits. For his part, Franken reacted within hours of hearing that the pilots who flew 150 miles past their destination last week were distracted by their computers.
Winds exceeding 50 miles an hour broke some tree limbs, scattered Halloween decorations and even gave one plane a free flight before sending it back to Earth nose-first Sunday.
An agricultural spray plane, owned by Jim Stutsman of Edgeley, N.D., landed face down at the Edgeley Airport Sunday morning. Gusts of wind reached speeds of 60 miles per hour, said Jim Johnson, airport manager. The plane — which has a wingspan of about 45 feet — remained upright while the winds blew Sunday. Johnson said the plane will be set on its landing gear sometime today.
Not everything will be occurring high in the sky at the Jamestown Air Fest June 28. Some of the action will be closer to the ground with pint-sized airplanes.
The Buffalo City Remote Control Squadron will be at the air show piloting their airplanes while firmly rooted to the ground. Dave Nelson, president of the club, said he and a couple of other squadron members will be demonstrating what their airplanes can do.
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