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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 11:56 PM
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4. It was not just any plane

It was a $60 million Gulfstream 650, an ultra-luxury business jet. The planes are scheduled to begin flying in 2012. The plane that crashed was on a takeoff and landing exercise.

TV news from Roswell tonight said the two pilots and two Gulfstream engineers were the victims. Reports say the right wing touched the runway on takeoff and when pilot tried to correct, the landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to skid and burst into flames. It stopped and burned very near the control tower.

The Roswell airport used to be Walker AFB back during WWII and the Cold War. The B-29 crews who dropped the A-bombs on Japan trained there. Later, giant B-36 aircraft were stationed at Walker.

Because it has very long runways, the airport is now used by Boeing and other companies to test fly their newest jumbo jets. Pilots from around the world come to Roswell to learn to fly the latest planes.

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