It never fails, put out a list of favorite whatevers and it will ignite a firestorm of flaming opinions. What sparked the frenzy this time? A list of five cool destinations for airplane geeks and roto heads -- um, I mean aviation enthusiasts.
Six years after Congress passed a law requiring photos on commercial pilots' licenses, a Republican congressman says he is dismayed that Federal Aviation Administration-issued licenses still have only two pictures on them -- those of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Wearing an antique leather flight suit and sneakers, Bill Allen inserts a steel crank into the cowling of his 1930 Stearman biplane and leans his weight against the handle. The machine emits a faint whirling sound that grows in pitch until it blares like an air-raid siren. Allen steps back and dashes around the double wingtip. Clambering up the steps to the fuselage, he swings into the tiny cockpit.