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Follow an Around the World Flight. Mike Laver and Mike Collins have begun an around the world flight (starting from New York) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Mitsubishi MU-2 and there is a daily blog post being posted on the AOPA Pilot Blog with the first day’s flying adventure available here. You can also track their adventure online here or directly on a DeLorme tracking map which will update their position every 10 minutes while flying.

TWA ConstellationTWA Constellation Flight From Paris to Cairo, 1951. Air Facts has republished Bob Buck’s “Flight to Cairo” article which appeared in the February 1951 edition of Air Facts magazine. The detailed article traces the flight Bob made in a TWA Constellation from Paris to Cairo in the days before jet engines and GPS.

Pacific Coast Air Museum. The MRC Aviation blog has a three part post (see part one, two and three) filled with pictures of the Pacific Coast Air Museum at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Northern California. Although you may not have heard of the museum, two of the jets in its extensive collection were aircraft used in the making of the 1986 movie “Top Gun.”

This Year’s Radom Air Show in Poland. The Aviationist blog has a post with some great pictures of last weekend’s Radom Air Show at the Radom Sadków Airfield in south-central Poland. The air show is one of the largest air shows in Eastern Europe and this year’s event marked the 95th anniversary of Polish military aviation.

Wales Air Ambulance’s 18,000th Rescue. Closer to home, the Wales Air Ambulance recently carried out its 18,000 emergency rescue roughly 12 years after the service was launched when a crew from Welshpool, Powysby picked up a man with a suspected bleed on the brain. Its worth remembering that the Wales Air Ambulance is funded by public donations and costs £6 million a year to run.

Bird Strikes Damage Three Aircraft a Week at British Airports. The Telegraph has reported that in both 2011 and 2012, the CAA recorded more than 2,200 bird strike reports – nearly 1,000 more than in 2007 when just 1,299 were reported. There has also been a steady rise in the number of cases (132 in 2010 verses 167 in 2012) in which pilots have reported damage to their aircraft. Danny Fyne, the founder of the Pprune pilots’ website, was also quoted as saying:

“Bird strike is a bigger problem where the environment attracts them, such as by water. This is why there could be problems putting an airport at the Thames Estuary.”

First Production Citation M2 Takes Flight. On August 23rd, the first production unit of Cessna’s newest business jet, the Citation M2, took its maiden flight out of the company’s Independence, Kansas, facility with type certification expected this fall. The Citation M2 can seat up to six, has a cruising speed of up to 400 ktas (460 mph) and a range that allows one to fly nonstop from Houston to New York City; Calgary, Alberta to Chicago; or San Diego to Mexico City.

Homemade Copters, Human Slingshots and More! Finally, the latest episode of CNBC’s Geeked Out featured a head-spinning homemade multi-copter, Space X’s self-landing rocket, a human slingshot and a LED powered bike:

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