Sailplanes – WVHGC http://wvhgc.org/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wvhgc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-10-120x120.png Sailplanes – WVHGC http://wvhgc.org/ 32 32 Old images of plane, lorry and car crashes in High Wycombe resurface https://wvhgc.org/old-images-of-plane-lorry-and-car-crashes-in-high-wycombe-resurface/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 16:34:32 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/old-images-of-plane-lorry-and-car-crashes-in-high-wycombe-resurface/ For this week’s nostalgia in Bucks Free Press, we’ll show you footage taken across the county that you may not have seen before. All drawn from our huge archive, the footage you’ll see shows the aftermath of some of the worst crashes to ever occur in Buckinghamshire. They range from incidents involving planes crashing near […]]]>

For this week’s nostalgia in Bucks Free Press, we’ll show you footage taken across the county that you may not have seen before.

All drawn from our huge archive, the footage you’ll see shows the aftermath of some of the worst crashes to ever occur in Buckinghamshire.

They range from incidents involving planes crashing near Marlow Hill in High Wycombe, cars crashing into pubs and vehicles colliding in the town.

All of the photos are from the early 1900s to the mid-1980s, and you can see people you might recognize in these images.

Please note that some of the photographs are quite graphic, so reader discretion is advised.

First image : In December 1961 a milk float skidded on an icy road, lost control on an embankment and crashed into a house in Deeds Grove in High Wycombe.

Bucks Free Press: This accident happened in December 1961This accident happened in December 1961 (Image: SWOP)

Picture 2: A man guarding a lorry involved in an accident on Oxford Road near Brook Street in High Wycombe in February 1960.

Bucks Free Press: One of many crashes in High Wycombe.  It happened in February 1960.One of many crashes in High Wycombe. It happened in February 1960. (Image: SWOP)

Picture 3: An Austin Seven on its side following a serious accident on Desborough Avenue in July 1955.

Bucks Free Press: It happened on Desborough Avenue in July 1955.It happened on Desborough Avenue in July 1955. (Image: SWOP)

Picture 4: Elevated view of a burned out bus and lorry after a collision at the junction of Oakridge Road and Green Street in High Wycombe in April 1939.

Bucks Free Press: In April 1939 a bus and lorry collided at the junction of Oakridge Road and Green Street in High Wycombe (SWOP)In April 1939 a bus and lorry collided at the junction of Oakridge Road and Green Street in High Wycombe (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture 5: In April 1957, onlookers and police stand around a glider which crashed into the west embankment of Marlow Hill in High Wycombe.

Bucks Free Press: Passers-by and police stand around a crashed glider on the west embankment of Marlow Hill in High Wycombe in April 1957Passers-by and police stand around a crashed glider on the west embankment of Marlow Hill in High Wycombe in April 1957 (Image: SWOP)

Sixth picture: The aftermath of an accident involving an oil tanker that spun out of control and overturned at the junction with Easton Street in High Wycombe in November 1958.

Bucks Free Press: In November 1958 an oil tanker lost control and overturned at the junction of Easter Street in High Wycombe (SWOP)In November 1958, an oil tanker lost control and overturned at the junction of Easter Street in High Wycombe (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture seven: A car written off across the tracks after being hit by a train. This happened near Donkey Lane in Bourne End, Wooburn in December 1986.

Bucks Free Press: At Bourne End, Wooburn in December 1986 a car was hit by a train near Donkey Lane (SWOP)At Bourne End, Wooburn in December 1986 a car was hit by a train near Donkey Lane (SWOP) (Image: In Bourne End, Wooburn in December 1986, a car was hit by a train near Donkey Lane (SWOP))

Eighth picture: The aftermath of an accident where an armored car crashed outside the Mason’s Arms in Newland Street in High Wycombe in March 1954.

Bucks Free Press: An armored car drives past the Mason's Arms on Newland Street in High Wycombe in March 1954 (SWOP)An armored car drives past the Mason’s Arms on Newland Street in High Wycombe in March 1954 (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture nine: View of a car with extensive frontal damage from which a man is pulled out on a stretcher near West Wycombe. It happened in April 1960.

Bucks Free Press: A man is seen being abducted on a stretcher near West Wycombe following an accident in April 1960 (SWOP)A man is seen being abducted on a stretcher near West Wycombe following an accident in April 1960 (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture 10: A wrecked car with a number of men and two women standing around Chorley Road in West Wycombe from 1908.

Bucks Free Press: Pictured from 1908, a number of men and two women stand around the scene of a crash near Chorley Road, West Wycombe (SWOP)In the 1908 photo, a number of men and two women stand around the scene of an accident near Chorley Road, West Wycombe (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture eleven: A tanker which lost control on Amersham Hill and overturned after colliding with other vehicles. It happened on Crendon Street in High Wycombe in November 1958.

Bucks Free Press: Pictured in November 1958, a tanker is seen sideways after ramming several vehicles on Amersham Hill near Crendon Street (SWOP)Pictured in November 1958, a tanker is seen sideways after ramming several vehicles on Amersham Hill near Crendon Street (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Picture twelve: View of a plane that crashed in Booker in April 1955.

Bucks Free Press: April 1955 plane crash landed on road in Booker near High Wycombe (SWOP)In April 1955 plane crash landed on a road in Booker near High Wycombe (SWOP) (Image: SWOP)

Frame thirteen: The result after a car collided with temporary wooden barriers at the (then) end of the M40 motorway in High Wycombe. It happened in July 1968.

Bucks Free Press: This accident happened in July 1968 at the end of the M40 at High Wycombe (SWOP)This accident happened in July 1968 at the end of the M40 at High Wycombe (SWOP) (Image: This accident happened in July 1968 at the end of the M40 at High Wycombe (SWOP))

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Kybong light plane crash victim identified as local glider Christopher ‘Bob’ Turner https://wvhgc.org/kybong-light-plane-crash-victim-identified-as-local-glider-christopher-bob-turner/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 12:01:21 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/kybong-light-plane-crash-victim-identified-as-local-glider-christopher-bob-turner/ The single-occupant glider and ultra-light aircraft collided at around 2.45pm yesterday at Gympie Airport in Kybong, around 40 kilometers northwest of Noosa Heads. Turner, 80, and Irvine, 77, both died at the scene. Kybong light plane crash victim identified as local glider Christopher ‘Bob’ Turner (left). (9News) Residents struggling to come to terms with the […]]]>

The single-occupant glider and ultra-light aircraft collided at around 2.45pm yesterday at Gympie Airport in Kybong, around 40 kilometers northwest of Noosa Heads.

Turner, 80, and Irvine, 77, both died at the scene.

Kybong light plane crash victim identified as local glider Christopher ‘Bob’ Turner (left). (9News)

Residents struggling to come to terms with the tragedy remember the older man as a beloved local glider.

Gliding Australia vice-chairman Lindsay Mitchell said Turner was a “quiet man who loved his sport”.

“He would have just gone up there for fun,” Mitchell said.

“…I guess we’re just dumbfounded and coping.”

It is understood that Turner (right) was in the air just 20 minutes before the collision. (9News)

It is understood that Turner was in the air just 20 minutes before the collision.

“We heard a big bang, I thought that didn’t sound right,” witness John Kenman said.

“I didn’t really know, I never would have imagined that the two could have collided.”

It is understood that Turner was in the air just 20 minutes before the collision. (9News)

Exactly where Irvine’s Kappa KP 2U light aircraft had taken off and was heading remained unclear.

It is understood that no calls were made to Gympie Airfield, and how the two managed to be in the same place at the same time will be investigated.

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Glen Hartwig said it was “difficult” to determine the cause of the collision.

“You feel fair to the families involved,” he said.

The Mayor of Gympie Regional Council said “it is difficult” to determine exactly what happened. (9News)

Debris from the planes was thrown hundreds of meters apart into nearby enclosures.

Police said they would remain at the scene for some time to collect evidence.

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NGO: Libyan coastguard threatens to shoot down a plane | app https://wvhgc.org/ngo-libyan-coastguard-threatens-to-shoot-down-a-plane-app/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 14:21:00 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/ngo-libyan-coastguard-threatens-to-shoot-down-a-plane-app/ BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — German nongovernmental organization Sea-Watch on Wednesday accused the Libyan Coast Guard of threatening to shoot down their surveillance plane that is helping the group document the interception of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. According to an audio recording of the threats, the Libyan Coast Guard vessel ordered the NGO plane to […]]]>

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — German nongovernmental organization Sea-Watch on Wednesday accused the Libyan Coast Guard of threatening to shoot down their surveillance plane that is helping the group document the interception of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to an audio recording of the threats, the Libyan Coast Guard vessel ordered the NGO plane to ‘leave Libyan territorial waters’ while in international waters where Malta is responsible for coordinating operations search and rescue. The incident happened on Tuesday.

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Defecting Cuban pilot lands Soviet-era plane in Florida https://wvhgc.org/defecting-cuban-pilot-lands-soviet-era-plane-in-florida/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 15:38:00 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/defecting-cuban-pilot-lands-soviet-era-plane-in-florida/ A 29-year-old Cuban pilot flew a Soviet-era biplane to freedom in Florida on Friday – and quickly snapped a selfie when he landed. Miami International Airport officials said the Antonov An-2 single-engine plane touched down at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport around 11:30 a.m., NBC 6 reported. The pilot had radioed that he was low […]]]>

A 29-year-old Cuban pilot flew a Soviet-era biplane to freedom in Florida on Friday – and quickly snapped a selfie when he landed.

Miami International Airport officials said the Antonov An-2 single-engine plane touched down at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport around 11:30 a.m., NBC 6 reported.

The pilot had radioed that he was low on fuel before landing on the airstrip near Tamiami Trail in the middle of the Florida Everglades, according to 7 News Miami.

His first act on American soil was to take a selfie with the plane in the background.

Family members identified the pilot as Ruben Martinez, according to NBC 6.

Martinez said he flew in from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, officials said.

Friends told NBC 6 that he used the plane for work, mostly dusting crops.

Martinez was questioned by Customs and Border Patrol agents.

Ruben Martinez previously used his old plane for crop dusting in Cuba.
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Cubans have left the island in droves in recent months, but most are fleeing by boat. Many are suffering from the food and medicine shortages and constant power cuts, which persist after the severe blow of Hurricane Ian in late September.

Martinez’s mother told the station from Cuba that she did not know her son was planning to leave the communist-controlled island. Authorities came to her home when the news broke, but she was not detained, she said.

“These are decisions he made,” she said. “I don’t agree with them. I’m from this country, I’m an old lady set in my ways, but young people make their own decisions and go their own way.

Ruben Martinez's mother was completely unaware that he had left Cuba.
Ruben Martinez’s mother was completely unaware that he had left Cuba.
Ruben Martinez flew an Antonov An-2 single-engine plane out of Cuba.
Ruben Martinez flew an Antonov An-2 single-engine plane out of Cuba.

Since the beginning of October, Border Patrol has arrested nearly 500 people from Cuba, most of whom arrived in the Florida Keys on homemade, unseaworthy boats. The US Coast Guard said it intercepted 748 Cuban migrants along the Florida Strait, the Miami Herald reported.

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Travel News: Secrets to Weight Loss in Italy, the Man Who Built an Airplane and More https://wvhgc.org/travel-news-secrets-to-weight-loss-in-italy-the-man-who-built-an-airplane-and-more/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 08:20:39 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/travel-news-secrets-to-weight-loss-in-italy-the-man-who-built-an-airplane-and-more/ (CNN) — In travel news this week, the Italian village whose residents boast of having a ‘fat-killing gene’, the man who built a plane for his family in his backyard and the woman who asked for directions to a stranger, then became engaged to him two weeks later. The city with an ‘elixir’ of health […]]]>

(CNN) — In travel news this week, the Italian village whose residents boast of having a ‘fat-killing gene’, the man who built a plane for his family in his backyard and the woman who asked for directions to a stranger, then became engaged to him two weeks later.

The city with an ‘elixir’ of health

On the shores of Lake Garda in Italy, there is a fishing village with a secret: many of its inhabitants claim to carry a special gene that kills fat and cholesterol, which has made it a medical marvel.
But in another Italian tourist hub, Amalfi, an Englishwoman lost weight this week the old-fashioned way: by stripping. Unfortunately, she chose to strip naked on the steps of the cathedral and the local police were unimpressed.
One region that warmly welcomes tourists (fully dressed) is Friuli-Venezia Giulia in northeast Italy, which pays people just to visit. You have to stay there for two nights, and in exchange they will reimburse you for your trip from anywhere in the country.

Build your dreams

An England-based engineer got his private pilot’s license in 2019 and then built a plane for his family in his own garden. The shelves you installed last year look pretty bad, don’t they?
Then there was the Welshman who bought a former movie star’s house in the French countryside and spent $300,000 restoring the pool to its former glory.
And in Sicily, a group of Argentinian doctors face one of their toughest resuscitation challenges yet: They’ve been recruited to help turn around an Italian village that was selling dilapidated homes for advantageous at 1 €.

Matters of taste

Hong Kong – which is now reopening to tourism – has one of the toughest food scenes in the world. There are the exorbitant rents, the expensive food imports and, above all, the cutthroat competition. An insider reveals secrets straight from his beating heart.
Mushrooms are popular in food cultures around the world, but alongside olives and cilantro, they are also among the most likely to be overlooked by some diners. Why are some foods so polarizing? Experts explain.

love beyond borders

French Canadian Rachel Décoste traveled to the Republic of Benin in West Africa in 2018 to explore its history. On the first day, she asked a stranger for directions, and it was a move that would change her future as well. Two weeks later, they were engaged.
It’s the kind of romance that many young Western women hope for when they travel to South Korea, in a social phenomenon dubbed “the Netflix effect.” Disillusioned with the dating cultures of their home country, they come in search of the cultured and romantic Korean men they have seen on screen. But they find that fiction must be weighed against reality.

animal antics

A gentoo penguin tells his friend to talk to the pinball machine.

Jennifer Hadley/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022

In case you missed it

The Ritz-Carlton’s $6,400-a-week superyacht cruise has finally set sail, more than three years late.

And a whale-shaped Airbus Beluga just delivered a satellite to Kennedy Space Center. Look here.

“We suffer for what we love,” says one theme park expert.

A restaurant in Brooklyn tested a robot cat against a human waiter.

The best sleeping bags

Sleeping bag technology has advanced in recent years, so if your model is getting a bit outdated, it might be time to upgrade before your next big camping adventure. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned product review and recommendation guide, have selected 26 of the best on the market, according to camping experts.

Top image: Limone sul Garda (Jorg Greuel/Stone RF/Getty Images).

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Arizona News: Blind woman flies plane 2,000 miles across US: ‘We have no limits’ | World | New https://wvhgc.org/arizona-news-blind-woman-flies-plane-2000-miles-across-us-we-have-no-limits-world-new/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 14:24:58 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/arizona-news-blind-woman-flies-plane-2000-miles-across-us-we-have-no-limits-world-new/ A blind woman flies a plane 2,000 miles across the United States, starting in the Southwest and ending in Washington DC. Kaiya Armstrong, who lost her sight seven years ago, is nearing the final leg of her journey after stopping in Louisville on Monday. The 21-year-old, who has been training for months, flies in stages. […]]]>

A blind woman flies a plane 2,000 miles across the United States, starting in the Southwest and ending in Washington DC. Kaiya Armstrong, who lost her sight seven years ago, is nearing the final leg of her journey after stopping in Louisville on Monday. The 21-year-old, who has been training for months, flies in stages.

Kaiya is due to reach her final destination on October 13.

She is guided in the single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk by pilot Tyler Sinclair, who helps her keep the plane level with verbal cues.

The flight began at Falcon Field airport in Mesa, Arizona on October 7 and Kaiya landed at Colorado Springs airport later that day.

On October 8, she flew to Kansas City, Missouri – before leaving Monday, October 10 for Louisville, Kentucky.

Kaiya and Tyler take off for Washington DC for the final leg tomorrow.

About the challenge, Kaiya told FOX10 that she wanted to inspire others. She said: “I think the biggest message I want everyone – sighted and blind – to take away from this is that we have no limits.

“The only limits we have are the ones we gave ourselves, and I want everyone to stop limiting themselves.”

Describing how she planned the trip, Kaiya said, “I had to do extensive ground training and flight training just to understand all the ins and outs and all the details.

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She said: “I went out for a bike ride…but had to come back early because my vision got really blurry, and we found out the next day from doctors that I had an autoimmune disease.”

Supported by the Blind Children’s Foundation, Kaiya’s adventure is part of ‘Flight for Sight’.

The organization challenges those with poor vision to accomplish challenges once considered impossible.

Previous events supported by Flight for Sight include treks on Mount Kilimanjaro and sailing in the Caribbean.

You can read more details about Kaiya’s cause here.

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Family say 22-year-old Hampton University graduate killed in plane crash dreamed of becoming an airline pilot – Daily Press https://wvhgc.org/family-say-22-year-old-hampton-university-graduate-killed-in-plane-crash-dreamed-of-becoming-an-airline-pilot-daily-press/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 20:33:22 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/family-say-22-year-old-hampton-university-graduate-killed-in-plane-crash-dreamed-of-becoming-an-airline-pilot-daily-press/ Viktoria Ljungman’s family released a statement thanking everyone who sent messages of love and support after the 22-year-old flight instructor died in a plane crash last week. The family said they were “devastated by this huge loss”. “To know Viktoria was to love her, and not just for her family,” the family said in an […]]]>

Viktoria Ljungman’s family released a statement thanking everyone who sent messages of love and support after the 22-year-old flight instructor died in a plane crash last week.

The family said they were “devastated by this huge loss”.

“To know Viktoria was to love her, and not just for her family,” the family said in an emailed statement. “Everyone who interacted with Viktoria admired her kindness and intelligence, and respected her immense dedication and work ethic.”

Ljungman, a Hampton University graduate, was killed Thursday in a plane crash at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport while working as a flight instructor for Rick Aviation Flight School. Two 18-year-old Hampton University students were also on the plane and seriously injured in the crash.

Ljungman was originally from Sweden and had been living with a host family for international students since graduating in May. She was a member of the Hampton University tennis and sailing teams and majored in teaching piloting.

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His family said Ljungman loves Hampton University and the Pirate family, and they thanked the university for providing him with a full scholarship that allowed him to study in the United States and achieve his “dream” of become an airline pilot.

“We would also like to express our gratitude for all the outpourings of love and support from everyone in Virginia and across the United States who knew and loved Viktoria, and ask that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time,” continued family statement.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk crashed on takeoff at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

Ljungman was in the passenger seat of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with two students in flight training. Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode, 18, of Hanover, Maryland, was piloting the plane. During takeoff, Oyebode came to a stop too quickly, causing the plane to stall after reaching an altitude of about 100 feet, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya.

The plane then “dived” into a ditch 200 feet left of Runway 20 at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, killing Ljungman and leaving Oyebode and the other student seriously injured.

Anaya declined to provide updates on the status of the two students due to federal law limiting the release of medical information. A Hampton University spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Pierre Gavin, 757-712-4806, gavin.stone@virginiamedia.com

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A family speaks out about the death of a flight instructor in a plane crash https://wvhgc.org/a-family-speaks-out-about-the-death-of-a-flight-instructor-in-a-plane-crash/ Mon, 10 Oct 2022 19:27:35 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/a-family-speaks-out-about-the-death-of-a-flight-instructor-in-a-plane-crash/ RICHMOND, Va. — The family of a Hampton University graduate and Virginia flight instructor killed in a plane crash have shared a few words about their loved one. Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman was killed in an accident on October 6 at Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia, according to Virginia State Police. Viktoria Ljungman […]]]>

RICHMOND, Va. — The family of a Hampton University graduate and Virginia flight instructor killed in a plane crash have shared a few words about their loved one.

Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman was killed in an accident on October 6 at Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia, according to Virginia State Police.

Viktoria Ljungman

Viktoria Ljungman

“Our beloved daughter, sister and granddaughter Viktoria Ljungman passed away unexpectedly and tragically last Thursday. She was not even 22 and a half years old and we are devastated by this huge loss,” Viktoria’s family said. at Hampton University. . “To know Viktoria was to love her, and not just for her family. Everyone who interacted with Viktoria admired her kindness and intelligence, and respected her immense dedication and work ethic.”

Ljungman moved to Virginia from Sweden to attend Hampton University.

She then became a flight instructor and recently obtained her commercial pilot’s license.

State police said Ljungman was teaching an 18-year-old Hampton student when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

The 18-year-old student and another teenage student from Hampton survived the crash, but suffered life-threatening injuries.

The accident investigation is still ongoing.

1 dead, 2 injured after small plane crashes on takeoff at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport

Virginia State Police

“Viktoria loved Hampton University and her pirate family. We deeply appreciate that Hampton University made it possible for Viktoria to study in the United States on a full scholarship, achieve her dream of becoming a pilot, and compete for his school on the tennis courts. and in the sailing team,” the statement continued. “We would also like to express our gratitude for all the outpourings of love and support from everyone in Virginia and across the United States who knew and loved Viktoria, and ask that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”

Ljungman maintained an Instagram page where nearly 20,000 people followed his progress as a pilot.

His followers left kind comments and prayers on his page.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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Travel in 2022 by plane, train or boat on the carefree five-star route https://wvhgc.org/travel-in-2022-by-plane-train-or-boat-on-the-carefree-five-star-route/ Fri, 07 Oct 2022 16:34:04 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/travel-in-2022-by-plane-train-or-boat-on-the-carefree-five-star-route/ The need to check in and unpack once, it has been said, is why God created cruises, as well as private jet and train travel. We couldn’t agree more. If you love nothing more than all the gnarly logistical details taken care of for you as you travel the world, consider these trips. By plane… […]]]>

The need to check in and unpack once, it has been said, is why God created cruises, as well as private jet and train travel. We couldn’t agree more. If you love nothing more than all the gnarly logistical details taken care of for you as you travel the world, consider these trips.

By plane…

The cream leather interior of a TCS World Travel aircraft is just the start of the five-star treatment.

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Consider traveling with the private jet travel company TCS World Travel as the most upscale group travel possible, with every effort made to personalize what you desire. The jets are leather-seated A321neos (operated by Titan Airways) custom-configured for 52 travelers (in stretched comfort) and 18 staff (including lecturers, a chef and a doctor). The plane lands in places that are often remote and difficult to connect for stays of two to three nights (in the best hotels and lodges).

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Four Seasons Hotel Tunis, one of the stops on TCS’ “less traveled world” journey.

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You have revealing local experiences, spotted and refined by the expedition leaders from two years before departure. And every detail – paperwork, customs, tips, even your carry-on – is taken care of for you. The new 15-day World Less Traveled trip (ideal for this era of overtourism) visits five destinations in Africa, South America and the Arabian Peninsula. Included: the thousand-year-old desert city of Alula, Saudi Arabia; the tiny West African nation of Togo; Tunisia; Senegal; and Salvador, Brazil. All you have to do is introduce yourself.


By train…

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The Rovos Rail Pride of Africa train

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Few modes of transport are more soothing (and without border logistics) than a luxury train. South African society Rovos RailwayThe new 15-day Trans-African itinerary, Trail of Two Oceans, crosses the continent from the Indian Ocean (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) to the Atlantic (Lobito, Angola). There are off-train guided expeditions on the way: a visit to the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa; a trip to the rock pools below Chishimba Falls in Zambia; a visit to a mine in one of the largest cobalt and copper zones in the world in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Halfway through, you’ll leave the train for a two-night game drive in South Luangwa National Park, rich in Zambian flora and fauna.

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The Rovos train traveling through the Hex River Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa.

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But it’s just as satisfying to simply admire the scenery through the train’s huge glass windows: the baobab forests of the Rift Valley or the dramatic and wild peaks of the Udzungwa Mountains. Royal suites occupy half a car, with private parlors and Victorian baths. Excellent South African wines are served. And there’s also time travel: you’ll get dressed for dinner.

Or by boat.

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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

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The need to check in and unpack once, it has been said, is why God created cruises. Word has spread: the longer the cruise, it seems, the sooner it sells out (all those adventurers working from home?). Act fast to score a cabin on the Cunard Line Queen Mary 2The historic 117-day Centennial World Voyage in 2023. No effort will be spared on this round-trip sail from New York City (January 3-April 30). There are stops including, after the UK (take a deep breath): Lisbon, Crete, Egypt (with transit through the Suez Canal), Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia and Spain. Then there are the liner’s extravagant parties, VIP access to venues, and “your wish is our command” service.

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Silverseas Silverdawn Controtempo

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If you are planning well in advance, consider Silversea‘s recently announced “Controtempo World Cruise 2025,” which travels to 59 destinations in 30 countries, starting in Tokyo in January, off-season and off the beaten path. There’s no better way to see the world again without lifting a finger.

India’s most extravagant train, the Maharajas’ Express, makes traveling in this daunting country easy to navigate. The seven-day Indian Panorama itinerary hits the essentials, and tours are punctuated with spa treatments at top hotels and theatrical dining. (Departures October to April)

This story appears in the October 2022 issue of City & Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW

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Small plane crashes on takeoff in Newport News https://wvhgc.org/small-plane-crashes-on-takeoff-in-newport-news/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://wvhgc.org/small-plane-crashes-on-takeoff-in-newport-news/ One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a small plane crashed Thursday at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – One person is dead and two others are seriously injured, after a small plane crashed at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Thursday afternoon. According to Virginia State Police, a Cessna […]]]>

One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a small plane crashed Thursday at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – One person is dead and two others are seriously injured, after a small plane crashed at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police, a Cessna 172 crashed shortly before 3 p.m. While at the start of the investigation, findings showed the plane reached around 100 feet in the air, veered off course and then crashed into a ditch.

VSP confirmed that a woman, who was an instructor and co-pilot, died.

She has been identified as Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman, 23.

According to Federal Aviation Administration certification reports, Ljungman had been a certified instructor since March 30, 2022.

The student pilot and a passenger, both 18-year-old males from Maryland, were seriously injured. They were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The student pilot was later transferred to VCU Hospital in Richmond.

A Hampton University spokesperson said two of the victims were university students. 13News Now received the following statement from the University Relations Office:

“Hampton University is aware of the unfortunate accident that occurred today involving two of our students. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation. Out of respect for the students and their families, we do not no further comments at this time.”

VSP is the agency responsible for the investigation of the accident. Federal partners with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are helping.

Thursday afternoon’s crash impacted airport operations.

“The airport was officially closed from the time of the incident until 5:10 p.m. local time,” said Michael Giardino, the airport’s executive director.

Giardino said a flight at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport experienced a slight delay Thursday. However, the airport is open.

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