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First in Flight: Exploring the Carolinas Aviation Museum and the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Plane

Where: 4672 First Flight Drive [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28208
March 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

North Carolina’s state motto is “First in Flight,” and the state that once hosted the Wright Brothers’ first flight now houses an aviation museum. While the Wrights’ plane flew in Kitty Hawk, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is located in the more convenient—and booming—city of Charlotte, just down the road from the airport. The location wasn’t just chosen for proximity, though—the planes live in a retired airplane hangar.

Among the aircraft you’ll see are a military jet that rescued American soldiers in Vietnam, a plane from now-defunct Piedmont Air, and one of the planes used in Top Gun. (They’re pretty sure Tom Cruise never sat in it, but that could be a plus.) However, the star of the show is a US Airways Airbus 320, otherwise known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane.

In case you need a refresher, it was in January 2009 that this plane left New York-LaGuardia airport en route to Charlotte, suffered bird strikes and failures of both engines, forcing it to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Piloted by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the plane and its passengers escaped almost-certain disaster and became a worldwide news story, with the plane’s crew invited to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration and to greet the crowd at the Super Bowl.

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Airport Security Breach at Charlotte Airport

Where: 5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28208
August 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently the rocket scientists at the TSA were too busy getting sued to notice a man slip through security at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport this morning. Spokesman Jon Allen told MSNBC:

It's too soon to say whether there was malicious intent or whether it was someone who was confused and passed the security screening.

Confused by the security rules? Perish the thought. We're hoping we can have a chuckle about this when all of the 12 flights that the man could have hopped on land safely.

Update: Looks like this guy might have just left the airport on foot.

Related Stories:
· Man Slips Through NC Airport Security [MSNBC]
· TSA coverage [Jaunted]

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