Space Shuttle Endeavour? You've started a trend.
We weren't a city where things with wings took to our streets. But then that all changed in the autumn of 2012, when a certain mammoth space vehicle made its final mission. Perhaps you saw a photograph or two? Yes.
Next up? Learjet will park one of its iconic planes in the middle of Beverly Hills on Fathers Day 2013. It's set to be the star attraction of the Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance.
A few things of note: This is the first plane to ever appear at the annual upscale car show (and it is described as being a "full-scale mock-up," it should be noted). Second? It's Learjet's 50th anniversary, which will also inspired the 2013 theme of the Concours D'Elegance: "The Jet Age."
The Beverly Hills-bound plane is a Learjet 85. The craft was designed by Bombadier Aerospace.
The jet-speed theme will also extend to the cars set to appear at the fender-laden spectacular; look for mid-century designs that reflected American's upwards aspirations. Translation? Big, bold fins and grills and lights and such. And, yep, even though a plane will get the larger share of attention, the Concours is still all about cars (and cycles, too).
Fathers Day is on Sunday, June 16. The Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance is, as always, free and open to the public.
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Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is getting ready to sell two planes and a helicopter that legislative investigators say are not used enough to justify their expense.
Selling the aircraft and
replacing them with newer, more cost-effective planes will save the
state $500,000 per year, according to a DOT news release.
with the governor’s focus on efficiency, we are always looking for
better ways to use resources and collaborate to improve our operations,”
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in the release. “Selling our
aircraft to build a more efficient fleet will ensure we continue the
important work of the NCDOT in a more cost-effective way.”
first phase of the plan will be to sell a Cessna Citation Bravo Jet and a
Sikorsky helicopter. These aircraft are used by the Commerce Department
in recruiting companies to the state and by the governor and other
high-ranking state officials when they travel. They are also used to
survey for new road construction and to transport officials during
The state plans to buy a new turbo-prop aircraft and a
Bell helicopter with the proceeds from the sale. A third plane will also
be sold and replaced by a smaller turbo-prop plane.
A 2011 WRAL Investigates story found that some state aircraft, including the helicopter slated to be sold, were rarely flown. In 2012, the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division advised that the state should sell the helicopter because it was not used frequently.
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