Downstate men fly to Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame

During World War II, as a young U.S. Army Air Force officer, Lt. George Schofield was a member of the Air Transport Command’s 2nd Ferrying Group stationed at New Castle County Airport. He served in World War II as an aircraft navigator, using celestial navigation and ferried aircraft, such as the B-17, B-25 and B-26 […]

Sussex County lands new airport manager

GEORGETOWN – From Wallops Island, Sussex County has landed its next managerial pilot for the county-owned Delaware Coastal Airport. Sussex County officials Tuesday announced that Bridgeville resident Eric A. Littleton will assume controls as manager of airport and business park operations this October when current manager Jim Hickin retires after 12 years of service. Mr. […]

Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame picks Dover Air Force Base veteran

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — A Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Board member officially notified a former 512th Airlift Wing reservist of her selection into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Aug. 3 during a surprise gathering at Dover Air Force Base. Kathleen Lambert, a retired senior master sergeant formerly assigned to the 326th Airlift […]

Airliner makes emergency landing at Dover A.F. Base

  DOVER — Eighty-seven passengers and six crewmen on a Boeing 737 got an unexpected layover at Dover Air Force Base Monday night when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical problem. “A United Airlines 737 Flight 1559 en route to Florida from New Jersey declared an in-flight emergency […]

Delaware AirPark celebrates new runway opening

CHESWOLD —Cheswold International Airport? Not any time soon, but some day perhaps. For now, the $33 million project to improve the Delaware AirPark for the next 50 years is uplifting enough. The local aviation community joined with local, state and federal officials Monday morning to celebrate the official opening of Runway 9-27, which was completed […]

DSU, Civil Air Patrol taking flight together

  CHESWOLD — Michael Hales, director of aviation at Delaware State University, is hoping the sky is the limit after his school unveiled a unique partnership with the Civil Air Patrol. The CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez and his wife, Leslie, a lieutenant colonel with the CAP, flew into Delaware Airpark Wednesday morning […]

Blakey, Delaware black aviators reached for the sky

DOVER — During World War II, young Donald Blakey dreamed of being a pilot like the ones flying in and out of Bolling Air Field near his home in Washington. He learned to identify each aircraft by the distinctive sound of its engine. He imagined his grandmother’s sewing machine was his very own instrument panel. […]

AMC Museum’s Festival of Flight gives wings to history

  PHOTOS: Special to the Delaware State News/Doug Curran DOVER — Vehicles continued arriving steadily at mid-afternoon, carrying passengers of all ages, various nationalities and professional backgrounds. The Air Mobility Command Museum was open for all to enjoy its 30th anniversary Festival of Flight celebration on Saturday. While an estimated 3,000 visitors experienced living history […]

COMMENTARY: Still doubts about what caused TWA 800 disaster

On the evening of July 17, 1996, a TWA flight to Rome via Paris took off from JKF Airport. TWA 800 ended up in pieces in the Atlantic over Long Island a short time later, with all 230 aboard perishing. The question of what caused the explosion which brought down this aircraft and made it […]

Delaware Airpark gets $4.6M grant to complete runway project

CHESWOLD –– Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a grant of approximately $4.6 million to complete the Runway 9-27 project at the Delaware Airpark. The project’s final phase involves the conversion of the existing Runway 9-27 to a parallel taxiway, 35 feet wide, construction of the final […]