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Pilots gather for freedom to fly in China's forbidden skies

Restrictions ban private aircraft owners from almost all of China’s airspace. But Nuomin He, one of the country’s estimated 2,000 private aircraft owners, is one of the few who grouped together for the Air Nadaam festival in Hexigten, Inner Mongolia – the first event of its kind – seeking leniency for aviation enthusiasts.

Tornado pilot narrowly avoided smashing into glider over Scotland by flipping plane into dramatic inverted loop at 500mph

The RAF pilot was on a low-level training mission when he was forced into a inverted loop manoeuvre

Google Doodle: Roswell UFO incident marked 66 years on with interactive illustration of alien crash landing

Google has commemorated the 66th anniversary of the Roswell incident with an interactive Google Doodle showing an alien crash landing on Earth.

Stunt pilot Charles Schwenker and wing-walker Jane Wicker die after plane crashes and bursts into flames at Ohio air show

The woman and her pilot have been named as Jane Wicker and Charles Schwenker

Rivalry makes us stronger, says Boeing boss

The often vicious trade battle between Airbus maker EADS and rival Boeing has helped cement their position as a duopoly, says the US giant's chief executive.

The Red Arrows team has flown world-famous diamond formation for first time in 18 months

Red Arrows back with nine-plane displays after safety sign-off

Team has flown world-famous diamond formation for first time in 18 months after 2011 tragedies

George Traykov beat odds of one-in-438 million when he picked up a £160,873 EuroMillions prize this year to add to the £1 million sum he won in the Millionaire Raffle in September 2011.

The man who won big on the lottery... and then did it again

A man who won the lottery twice, scooping over £1.16 million in total, joked that he was not “that bothered” by the wins and wanted more.

Hot air balloon trips, usually at sunrise over the Karnak and Luxor temples as well as the Valley of the Kings, are popular with British visitors to Egypt (File picture)

'The tip of the iceberg': Egyptian hot air balloon crash was 'inevitable,' says British pilot

Warning from UK ballooning boss comes as it emerges British pilots are refusing to work in Egypt and Turkey because of safety fears

Egyptians stand by the site where a hot air balloon exploded and plunged to earth

Egypt hot air balloon company used by Thomas Cook 'was involved in previous crash' 18 months ago

Pilots and operators say travel company used Egyptian agent that put profits before safety

I can't believe this has happened again, says UK victim injured in previous Luxor balloon crash

A Briton badly injured in an earlier Luxor balloon crash spoke today of her horror at hearing of another tragedy in Egypt.

Ex-US president George H W Bush in intensive care

Former US president George H.W. Bush has been admitted to a hospital intensive care unit “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever”, but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said.

Portfolio: George Steinmetz

A third of the Earth's land surface is classified as desert, from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica to the North African Sahara – and it is a subject that represents a life's passion for landscape photographer George Steinmetz. Inspired by a hitchhiking trip across North Africa in the 1970s, the American aerial artist has spent the past 15 years documenting deserts from above.

Protest groups form to fight noise nuisance caused by parachute jump aircraft

Residents ask charity skydivers to switch to something less noisy

The noise of the G8 light aircraft and the euphoria of adrenaline junkies are upsetting residents

Residents ask charity skydivers to switch to something less noisy

Protest groups form to fight noise nuisance caused by parachute jump aircraft

Australia is plunged into darkness by total solar eclipse

From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar eclipse today.

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