More than Virgin Atlantic passengers were arriving at Las Vegas tonight almost 24 hours late. They will have been glad to have arrived at all, however, after an emergency landing back at Gatwick due to faulty landing gear. They scrapped plans to fly to the US and circled over the sea to dump fuel. A couple of low passes over Gatwick enabled air-traffic controllers and Virgin Atlantic engineers to assess the problem and advise the pilots how to land safely. There appears to have been a brief shower of sparks until the nose was lowered. According to the Aviation Herald website, a Chinese freighter experienced a similar problem in Shanghai two months ago.
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Virgin Atlantic started Flight School during the coronavirus lockdown in the spring, a programme to help out parents who were homeschooling. This time around, the focus is on women in aviation. Kicking off the second season of Flight School, senior first officer Zoe Franklin shared her passion for aviation. She explained how she learnt to fly in New Zealand after attending university and the incredible experiences she has had in the 13 years she has worked for Virgin Atlantic.
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This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. The company also revealed its initial design concept of the high-speed aircraft, collaborating with Rolls-Royce in designing and developing engine-propulsion technology. With a targeted speed of Mach 3, or about 2, miles per hour, the aircraft could fly from London to New York in 90 minutes, or from London to Sydney in less than five hours. The company did not disclose how soon the aircraft will take test flights.
Virgin Galactic's supersonic rocket plane was scheduled to fire into the upper atmosphere Saturday, but after climbing more than 40, feet over New Mexico attached to its mothership, the space plane made an unexpected turn toward home rather than shooting skyward. The company confirmed that the space plane, which was carrying test pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, safely landed. We have several motors ready at Spaceport America. We will check the vehicle and be back to flight soon. He added that Virgin Galactic will review the data collected during the flight and will set a re-do target date for the test flight in the "near future.