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BOB’S BURGERS PARKING LOT AND SUSPECTS OPENED FIRE. IT’S A VIOLENT START TO THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. ONE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SAY WE’RE LUCKY DID NOT END UP DEADLY. BE LIKE THIS ALL WEEKEND, IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG WEEKEND. MIKE: AROUND NOON, POLICE SAY SOMEONE ROBBED A PERSON IN THIS TACO BELL PARKING LOT OFF OF THREE PEOPLE SAW IT HAPPEN AND DECIDED TO FOLLOW THE ROBBERS IN THEIR CAR TO THIS FAST FOOD JOINT ACROSS THE STREET. ROBBERS NOTICED THE WITNESSES AND SHOT AT THEM. THESE GOOD SAMARITANS THOUGHT THEY WERE DOING THE RIGHT THING. THESE VIOLENT OFFENDERS SAT AT THE WITNESSES. MIKE: THE ROBBERS TOOK OFF AND BEFORE THEY FINALLY CAME TO A STOP BY THE I-40 ON RAMP. APD STOPPED THE CAR AND ARRESTED THE THREE PEOPLE INSIDE THIS BLACK MERCEDES. OFFICERS SAY THE PEOPLE WILL LIKELY FACE ROBBERY AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES. MIRACULOUSLY, NONE OF THE WITNESSES OR VICTIMS WERE HURT WHEN THIS WILD CRIME SPREE FINALLY CAME TO AN END POLICE TELL ME IF YOU DO SEE A CRIME HAPPENED TO HIM IT IS MUCH BETTER TO CALL 911 AND REPORT WHAT YOU SAW THAN TO TRY AND TAKE MATTERS AT YOUR OWN HAND. REPORTING LIVE IN NORTH EAST ACTION 7 NEWS. WEEKEND, PEOPLE AROUND THE SOLDIERS. HISTORICAL SOCIETY DEDICATED A NEW MEMORIAL WITH PHOTOS. IT COMMEMORATES ALL THE SANDOVAL COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO SERVED FROM THE CIVIL WAR THROUGH THE VIETNAM ERA. THERE WERE ALSO WAR RE-ENACTORS, TOO. IT IS A GREAT HONOR SIMPLY BECAUSE I SPENT FOUR YEARS IN DURING THE BE A NON-ERA — THE VIETNAM ERA AND I ALWAYS MARCUS OCCASION TO REMEMBER THE FALLEN. ROYALE: THE MEMORIAL FEATURES PICTURES. THIS MEMORIAL DAY LOTS OF YOU ARE ENJOYING THE SUNNY WEATHER. YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE LOUNGING AROUND TINGLEY BEACH, FEEDING THE DUCKS AND FLOATING BOATS. THE DUKE CITY MODEL YACHT CLUB COLORFUL SAILING MODELS TO THE MANY OF THE SAILORS ARE VETERANS. WE ALL THINK ON MEMORIAL DAY OF . ANYMORE. ROYALE: THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE YACHTS. THERE WERE BOATERS FROM ALBUQUERQUE AND SURROUNDING STATES. THEY’LL BE BACK OUT AT TINGLEY BEACH TOMORROW. SWIMMING POOLS AND SPRAY PARKS ARE OPEN FOR THE SUMMER. THAT INCLUDES POOLS IN RIO RANCHO AND THE SOUTH VALLEY POOL, WHICH HAS UNDERGONE MAJOR RENOVATIONS. THE PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT HIRED MORE THAN 70 PEOPLE TO WORK AND RUN THE POOLS. THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, YOU CAN ENJOY SWIMMING HOURS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, INCLUDING THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME TOGETHER AND JUST THANK EVERYONE FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE. ROYALE: THE ALAMEDA SPRAY PARK IS OPEN FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND WEEKENDS. ALL THE OUTDOOR POOLS AND SPRAY PARK WILL BE OPEN UNTIL AUGUST. MOTORCYCLISTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE IN RED RIVER THIS MEMORIAL DAY RALLY. THIS IS VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT. COMMERCE, THIS YEAR VISITORS CAN USE A NEW WEBSITE TO NAVIGATE THE FESTIVITIES. THE RALLY RUNS THROUGH MONDAY AND IS CONSIDERED A KICKOFF TO THE SUMMER SEASON IN RED RIVER. IF YOU PLAN ON CELEBRATING THIS WEEKEND, BE SURE YOU SET UP A DESIGNATED DRIVER AHEAD OF TIME. DOWNLOAD THE KOAT D.D. APP TO GET PERKS AND FREEBIES FOR YOUR DRIVER. IT SURE IS A STUDY START TO THE AUDI WEEKEND. — TO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. BYRON’S HERE WITH A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST. BYRO FOR GARDENING. CLOUDS OUT THERE. LET’S ACTION OUT THERE. IT IS DRY. AS WE HEAD INTO NORTHERN AREAS OF THE STATE, A LOT LESS COVERAGE THAN WE SAW FRIDAY. JUSTIN’S BODY, GUSTY SHOWERS. ALL AREAS OF THE STATE. ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO. CAMPING? IT LOOKS GREAT FOR THAT. TEMPERATURES WILL GET INTO THE 30’S. NEW 70 FOR THE AFTERNOON HOURS. COULD SEE SOME HAIL, HIGH WIND, AND MAYBE SEVERE WEATHER. ROYALE: KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL GOING WITHOUT A REAL MEAL. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS ANCHOR ANGELA BRAUER SHOWS YOU WHAT THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE IS DOING TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T GO HUNGRY. ANGELA: THE FINAL SCHOOL BELL THOUSANDS OF KIDS ARE NOW HOME FOR THE SUMMER. BUT WITH THAT, CONCERN. A LOT OF THE LOW INCOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS GET THEIR NUTRITION AT SCHOOL, SO WH NUTRITION GET. ANGELA: THAT’S WHY THE CITY OF MEAL PROGRAM. WE HAVE 160 PLUS SITES AROUND THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE THAT KIDS FROM AGES ONE TO EIGHTEEN CAN GET A MEAL. ANGELA: THE PROGRAM HAS FACED CHALLENGES IN THE PAST, FOR ONE, ALL OF THE BREAKFASTS AND LUNCHES. NEEDY KIDS TO THE SITES THAT SERVE, IF THEIR PARENTS ARE WORKING. IF THERE IS A SITUATION THAT SOMEONE CANNOT GET TO THE MEALS , CALL 311 TELL, US ABOUT IT. ANGELA: COULD BE AN ISSUE FOR PLANNED ON ATTENDING DENNIS CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, PAT HURLEY COMMUNITY CENTER OR MEAL PROGRAM. THOSE LOCATIONS ARE CLOSED THIS YEAR. THE CITY WILL START OFFERING JUNE 1. IN ADVANCE. IT IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. WE HAVE A LIST OF THE LOCATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE, KOAT.COM. I’M ANGELA BRAUER, KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS. ROYALE: MONDAY, YOU CAN GET YOUR CAR WASHED FOR A GOOD CAUSE. LAST CHANCE INTERVENTION IS HOLDING A FUNDRAISER CAR WASH AT THE BUFFALO WILD WINGS ON COORS. 2:00. THE GROUP HELPS DRUG ADDICTS GET THE REHAB THAT THEY NEED. ON THE FIRE ALERT, A FIRE IN SOUTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO IS NO LONGER GROWING. LUNA COUNTY. LIGHTNING SPARKED IT. HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS HAVE FIRE CREWS ON ALERT, THOUGH. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO CLOSURES OR TRAIL RESTRICTIONS IN THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST. IN SOCORRO COUNTY, CREWS HAVE NOT CONTAINED THE NORTH FIRE, WHICH HAS BURNED MORE THAN 3300 ACRES. MORE THAN 100 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE GROUND NEAR MAGDALENA. IT’S IN THE SAN MATEO MOUNTAINS, ABOUT 25 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE VILLAGE. IT WAS ALSO SPARKED BY LIGHTNING. IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, DEADLY FLASH FLOODS AND RECORD RAIN. PARTS OF TEXAS ARE UNDER WATER THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. ROADS SIGNS ARE BARELY VISIBLE AND STREETS ARE BUCKLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE WATER. IN ITS WAKE, A TRAIL OF AT LEAST ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND ANOTHER IS MISSING. RESCUE CREWS AND GOOD SAMARITANS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO TRY AND GET EVERYONE TO SAFETY. INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT THE WRECKAGE OF A VINTAGE AIRPLANE THAT CRASHED IN THE WATER JUST OFF NEW YORK CITY. ONE PERSON WAS KILLED. ABC’S DARIA ALBINGER REPORTS. DARIA: A PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY RAISED FROM THE HUDSON RIVER. THE WRECKAGE OF A WORLD WAR II PLANE THAT CRASHED FRIDAY, INVESTIGATORS HOPE THE WATERLOGGED AIRCRAFT WILL REVEAL WHAT WENT WRONG BEFORE THE VINTAGE PLANE PLUNGED INTO THE WATER. OH MY GOD. DARIA: THE SINGLE ENGINE PLANE CRASHED BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND NEW JERSEY AS PEOPLE SITTING AT RESTAURANTS AND ON BALCONIES CAPTURED THE CHAOS. LOCATION HUDSON RIVER. THEY ARE MISSING ONE P-47 PLANE. THERE HAS BEEN NO CONTACT. YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE THE PILOT STRUGGLING AND HE WAS THERE FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS. DARIA: ONLOOKERS GROWING HORRIFIED AS THE P-47 THUNDERBOLT DROPPED BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE WATER, THE PILOT YOU COULD SEE HIM REALLY TRYING TO GET OUT AND THERE WAS NO HOPE FOR HI DARIA: HOURS LATER, DIVERS RECOVERED HIS BODY. 56-YEAR-OLD AEROBATIC PILOT WILLIAM GORDON. HE WAS PART OF A GROUP WHICH PERFORMS AT AIR SHOWS. THE PLANE WAS SCHEDULED TO FLY PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM CALL GORDON AN EXTRAORDINARY PILOT. ONE OF THE TOP WARBIRD PILOTS IN OUR NATION DIED DOING THE MISSION THAT HE HAD DEDICATED DARIA: SO FAR, INVESTIGATORS KNOW THE PLANE LEFT FROM EASTERN LONG ISLAND AND AUTHORITIES SAY IT DID SEND A DISTRESS SIGNAL WITNESSES SAY THEY SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE PLANE BEFORE THE CRASH. NOW, THE FAA AND NTSB WILL EXAMINE THE WRECKAGE TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDED. DARIA ALBINGER, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. ROYALE: TEETH SINKING INTO SKIN AND SOUNDS OF A RIPPING TENT WOKE A HIKER ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. BRADLEY VEEDER WAS HUNKERED DOWN FOR THE NIGHT IN THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDERNES ODOR-PROOF SACK UP A TREE. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP A BLACK BEAR FROM TRYING TO GET IN HIS TENT. VEEDER SAYS HE WOKE UP TO FEEL THE ANIMAL’S TEETH GRABBING HIS LEG. HE STARTED YELLING AT THE BEAR, LEFT. VEEDER’S TENT WAS COMPLETELY RAVAGED. HE IS RECOVERING FROM SEVERAL PUNCTURE WOUNDS. FLORIDA POLICE ARE EXAMINING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING. TAKE A LOOK. THE DRIVER WHO ENDS UP GETTING SHOT IS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THAT DARK NISSAN, WHICH RAMS INTO THE CAR IN FRONT OF HIM. YOU THEN SEE THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER PULL UP. HE ORDERS THE DRIVER TO STOP. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN, AND THE TROOPER ENDS UP ON THE HOOD OF THE CAR, FIRING THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. HE FELT THAT HIS LIFE WAS THREATENED. AND THE VEHICLE’S GOING TO RUN YOU OVER, THAT WAS ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. HIS JOB. IT GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT OUR JOB IS A DANGEROUS JOB. ROYALE: EVENTUALLY THE SEDAN CRASHES INTO ANOTHER CAR. THE DRIVER WAS KILLED. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO CHARGES AGAINST THAT PATROLMAN. CONVENTION IS UNDERWAY IN FLORIDA. THE FOUR DAY CONVENTION IS GENERATING A LOT OF INTEREST. 985 DELEGATES AND 344 ALTERNATES ATTENDING. ORGANIZERS SAY THAT’S A RECORD. THEY ALSO SAY PARTY MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED BY 30% SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON IS CONSIDERED THE FRONT-RUNNER. IN SAN DIEGO, POLICE IN RIOT GEAR WERE CALLED IN AS DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS AND PROTESTERS CLASHED FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 35 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED. THE SCENE WAS SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPENED IN ALBUQUERQUE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALSO IN CALIFORNIA, SAYING SHE’S READY TO TAKE ON TRUMP. TOMORROW ON MATTER OF FACT, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEN CARSON TALKS WITH FERNANDO ESPUELAS ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO UNIFY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THAT IS COMING UP AT 10:00 A.M. ON SUNDAY. NEXT AT 5:00, STRANGE SIGHTINGS IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. MEET THE PEOPLE WHO SWEAR ALIENS LIVE AMONG THEM AND WHY THEY’RE CONVINCED BIG FOOT IS NEARBY. ROYALE: IT’S NO SECRET OUR STATE IS STUNNING, BUT HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT COULD BE LURKING AMONG ALL THE BEAUTY? ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MEGAN CRUZ TAKES YOU TO NORTHERN NEW MEXICO, AND HAS MORE ON WHY LOCALS BELIEVE ALIENS AND BIGFOOT LIVE AMONG THEM. UNASSUMING TOWN NESTLED IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. MANY OF ITS RESIDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE JICARILLA APACHE TRIBE. THEY SWEAR THEY ARE NOT MAKING THIS UP. THEY THREW DOWN A LADDER. CLIMBING DOWN. MEGAN: GERI JULIAN SAYS SHE HAD HER FIRST EXTRATERRESTRIAL ENCOUNTER RIGHT HERE, ON HER DULCE RANCH ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO. IT WAS HUGE. I JUST SAW THE BOTTOM OF IT, IT WAS FLAT LIKE THIS. MEGAN: MANY OF HER NEIGHBORS CLAIM SIMILAR STRANGE SIGHTINGS. ON THE SIDE. YOU’RE JUST SPEECHLESS. YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK. IT IS LIKE NOTHING YOU HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED BEFORE. EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY HERE? I DO NOT KNOW. MEGAN: RUMOR HAS IT THERE IS A SECRET BASE HERE. SOME PEOPLE INSIDE CITY-BASED IS RUN BY ALIENS WORKING WITH OUR MIND CONTROL AND A GENETIC EXPERIMENTS. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? MEGAN: YEAH — YEAH. MEGAN: THEY ALSO CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE SEEN CREATURES COOKED UP IN THOSE EXPERIMENTS LIKE BIGFOOT AND SOMETHING HALF HUMAN. GOAT WITH A TAIL. BUT UP HERE IT IS A MAN. MEGAN: WAS NOT ALWAYS A CENTER FOR SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITY. THINGS CHANGED. MUTILATED. SOMEONE IS DOING IT. MEGAN: LOCAL POLICE NEVER BLAME. LOCAL SAY IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING OUT OF THIS WORLD. AND SINCE THEN — RIGHT THERE.
WASHINGTON — The number of registered drone owners has surpassed the number of registered airplanes and helicopters, the Federal Aviation Administration says.
Almost 460,000 drone owners have registered with the FAA. Drone owners only have to register once, so it’s likely there are far more unmanned aircraft, reports The Baltimore Sun.
The FAA’s main aircraft data base includes about 315,000 planes and copters.
Just before Christmas in 2015, the FAA required any drone pilot or model aircraft owner with a vehicle weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds to register with the agency.
In Maryland there are 9,259 drone owners, according to The Sun.
The largest numbers of drone owners are in the Baltimore and D.C. suburbs.
By ZIP code, Pasadena, Maryland, has the greatest number of drone pilots, with 148. Many drone owners also live in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, where testing of the unmanned aircraft systems is centered.
Only 159 drone owners in Maryland registered as “non-hobbyist” users, in large part because codifying commercial use rules has lagged.
The Washington metropolitan area has the most stringent rules restricting drone usage.
Unmanned flights are forbidden within a 15-mile radius of Reagan National Airport, meaning it’s illegal to operate a drone within the Beltway.
Between 15 and 30 miles, drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, fly below 400 feet within the pilot’s line of sight, and steer clear of any airport by at least 5 miles.
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Boeing is considering a plan to put a larger engine on its biggest narrowbody airliner in an effort to blunt the runaway success of a rival Airbus jet that outsells it by four to one, industry sources said.
The U.S. planemaker would substitute a modified version of the larger and more powerful LEAP-1A engine used on Airbus’s A321neo rather than the LEAP-1B used on the 737 MAX 9, they said.
That would enable Boeing to add range while lengthening the 178-seat jet to fit 12 or more extra passengers and gain a capacity advantage over the 185-seat A321neo, the sources said.
Boeing disputes its rival’s claims about the strength of demand in this particular section of the market where Airbus has the most advantage. But leapfrogging Airbus’s A321neo offering with more seats would hedge Boeing’s position as many airlines opt for bigger planes.
However, the new plane, nicknamed 737 MAX 10 by some in the industry, would bring significant headaches.
Adding the larger engine would mean raising and possibly repositioning the landing gear and recertifying parts, costing an estimated $1-2 billion, according to industry experts.
Boeing’s 737 MAX family uses the smaller LEAP engine because the plane’s fuselage sits lower to the ground and must therefore have a smaller engine fan.
Having a different engine on the largest 737 could weaken the advantage of commonality with the smaller LEAP engine used on the rest of the 737 MAX fleet, but reflects a growing pragmatism in the face of lost sales.
“It doesn’t matter if they are not consistent,” said Adam Pilarski, senior vice president at U.S. consultancy Avitas. “They are getting killed.”
The maker of the LEAP engines, CFM, which is co-owned by General Electric and France’s Safran, declined to comment. A GE spokesman said there was no contractual impediment to using a larger engine for Boeing planes.
“The LEAP engine was designed to have growth capability,” he said.
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Recent orders by Vietnam start-up airline VietJet illustrate the Airbus-Boeing fight for narrowbody sales. At last November’s Dubai Airshow, Airbus celebrated the sale of 30 A321s to VietJet, while Boeing officials watched from the sidelines.
But last week Boeing pulled off what industry observers saw as a coup by signing an $11 billion order for 100 737 MAXs with the same airline in the presence of President Barack Obama.
Boeing’s plans to boost the size of the largest MAX are one option being considered to defend its 737 franchise as it also tries to carve out a space in the middle of the market between the workhorse narrowbody 737 and big wide-body jets like the 787 Dreamliner.
Stung by Airbus’s gains in orders, Boeing is pondering a mixed bag of tactical and strategic moves that, if fully made, could give it a head start in the development of the next generation of jets for production from about 2030.
Narrowbody medium-haul jets like the 737 and A320 family dominate the market by volume, with Airbus forecasting 22,900 deliveries worth $2.2 trillion over the next 20 years.
While both have sold thousands of the jets to airlines eager to cut fuel costs, Boeing’s share of the market for such jets has fallen to 40 percent compared with a usual 50-50 split.
Market sources say Boeing has shown increasing willingness to compete aggressively for Airbus customers in order to claw back market share, as was evident in the VietJet deal.
“We expect to see lower pricing from Boeing on the MAX,” Stuart Hatcher of valuation firm IBA told a briefing.
Boeing’s tactical tinkering with the 737 also includes tweaking a smaller model to suit two key buyers. And the company’s aim extends to a strategic ‘middle of the market’ jet, partly to replace its popular 757.
Industry sources say that project involves not one jet but two. They would have twin aisles and carry 220 and 260 people respectively, equating to what analysts see as two distinct slices of potential demand.
The smaller base model would have a range of about 4,500 nautical miles, dropping to about 3,500 for the larger variant.
Airbus has dismissed the idea, which would partially overlap with its A321neo. It argues that the history of the market is littered with small twin-aisle jets that sold poorly, including its own A310.
But it is holding in reserve a plan to retaliate with another A321 makeover, using new wings to boost performance.
Boeing declined comment on either tactical plans to defend the 737 or the longer-term mid-market studies. At $15 billion or more, it has said the latter is a difficult business case.
“We’re in continuous discussions with our customers about the market. We’ll make the right decisions at the right time,” a spokesman said.
While Boeing’s mid-market study is grabbing most industry attention, behind it lies a longer-term bid to turn the tables on Airbus in the broader market for smaller jets where both make most cash, according to industry analysts.
Although differing in size and appearance, a mid-market jet would spawn new technology and production methods that could be transferred to whatever comes after the 737, they said.
By Vicki Prichard
Decorated WWII B-17 bomber pilot John H. Klette, Jr. was 24-years-old when he enlisted to help his country defeat Nazi Germany.
The year was 1942, and Klette, a Covington native who was already a licensed pilot, and was practicing law with his father, when he went to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH and told them he was interested in enlisting in the Air Force.
“It was actually called the Air Corps at that time,” says Klette. “It was part of the Army. It wasn’t until ’47 that we had the Air Force created.”
They told him they were conducting tests at that very moment. Klette took the exam and passed. They graded the tests immediately and Klette passed the exam.
He was immediately put on reserve and wasn’t called up to active duty until January 1943.
He went to San Antonio for basic which lasted two months, then within a month, though already a pilot, was sent to flying school.
“It was determined that I was better suited as a bomber pilot rather than a fighter pilot,” says Klette.
He trained all over the country and was then sent to Italy where he was quickly assigned to Foggia as a pilot in the 32nd Bombardment Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group.
“That’s where I started my real combat flying,” says Klette. “My very first mission was to Bucharest, Romania, had a diversion flight.”
They were off to Bucharest when they came near a target. Klette saw a plane coming toward them. He looked for aircraft identification and by that time they were on fire, the engine was hit.
“After the initial shock I had the gas line on my side and I shut the line off to engine number one, and the other pilot hit the fire extinguisher and we were fortunate enough to get the fire out,” says Klette.
They dropped about 2000 ft.. They had also thrown the bombs away to get rid of them. The group that had gone ahead of them, they got down below them then scattered there airplanes in all directions.
Klette flew 51 missions in WWII.
His second and third missions were at Monte Cassino and involved the bombing of a monastery during the Battle of Monte Cassino.
Klette points out that Monte Cassino and the events that took place there were featured in the film “The Monuments Men,” directed, produced and written by Augusta, KY native George Clooney.
“Only very recently I’ve seen an article in the newspaper that they had finished restoring the destruction on Monte Cassino,” says Klette.
Klette says U.S. troops were trying to go up toward Rome in Monte Cassino and the Germans were on a high hill at the monastery where they could shoot down, stalling the offense to a standstill, so they were trying to break that up.
Other missions, he says, were not heavily defended and they all got back into line.
“I was on one mission to a suburb of Vienna, which proved to be the worst mission I was on,” says Klette.
The mission took place July 27, 1944. Klette recalls it as if it were yesterday.
“We were the tail end group of the formation and were hit by German planes,” says Klette.
According to an official Air Force report dated August 24, 1944, the 32nd Bombardment Squadron was “aggressively attached by approximately 70 persistent enemy fighters, and in ensuing engagement, their aircraft was severely damaged.
As a result of the attack, fires started, oxygen supply was destroyed and one crewmember was seriously wounded.
“Despite the overwhelming odds, displaying outstanding courage and professional skill in the face of enemy fire, this gallant crew beat off wave after wave of hostile ships, destroying (9) and probably destroying or damaging several others,” the report states.
The report goes on to say that “turning from the target after a successful bombing run, they again encountered heavy enemy opposition, and in spite of the fact that five guns were rendered inoperative and their aircraft severely damaged, they drove off all subsequent attacks, accounting for several more aircraft destroyed or damaged.”
“Then we got down toward the Adriatic Sea to try to go down there for two purposes, either make a forced landing on an island that we knew about or ditch in the Adriatic,” says Klette. “But the plane held together and we got back to our base. Got the plane down on the ground.”
“The entire crew was awarded the Silver Star on that mission,” Klette humbly says about receiving the third-highest combat decoration to be awarded to a U.S. Armed Forces member.
The report goes a bit further in describing the squadron’s gallantry.
“Through outstanding teamwork and determination, they then brought their almost unairworth aircraft through to base without further damage or injure to crew. By their conspicuous gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty, as evidenced throughout their brilliant combat careers, those men have reflected great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.”
Klette was 25-years-old when he received the Silver Star.
“Oh, there were kids 19 and 20,” says Klette.
Klette finished his last combat mission on Thanksgiving Day in 1944. Then was sent to Naples awaiting transportation to the states.
“I qualified to go back by air but the Bulge was taking place and priority was being given to high ranking officers. Eventually they had to clear out Naples so I was put on a ship and the officers were in the hull of the ship. It took us about ten days to two weeks to zig zag our way across,” says Klette.
He arrived December 23, his arrival paralleling with that of Herbert George Bush who was making his way up to the New England states from his combat duty.
“We both got to our homes on Christmas Eve,” says Klette
Klette spent the night there and says they did everything possible for them and issued orders to get them on home.
Early morning on Christmas Day, Klette had his orders and caught a bus to Indianapolis and then a bus on down to Cincinnati.
“I get home and my mother and father weren’t there,” says Klette.
Klette’s parents had no idea he was coming home. He quickly went to a neighbor contacted his parents for him.
After WWII, Klette became an Air Force reservist and served 21 months in Korea. He flew 50 combat missions in Korea, totaling more than 100 missions for two wars.
Klette went back to law school to work on his last year. At that time, he says, people could practice law if they had two years of law school and passed the bar. Klette wanted to complete his degree, and he did. He was in a special class of four that included others who had returned from service.
Joe Summe was a classmate, says Klette, the father of Kenton County Circuit Judge Patsy Summe and Kenton County Clerk, Gabrielle Summe.
After leaving military service in 1952, Klette returned to Covington to practice law with his father on Third Street.. He remained there until 1990 when the office made way for bridge reconstruction, then moved his practice to Fort Mitchell.
Klette remains a man of deep passion for aviation and law.
At 97-years-old, Klette continues to practice law. He practices with his daughter Ruth Klette, his only child, at their law office of Klette, Klette and Mauntel on Grandview Drivel, where he arrives to work by 8:30 a.m. every day.
Klette also remains a man who is committed to his community and has served on numerous civic organizations such as the Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, where he has served as secretary of the board of trustees for nearly 50 years. Many veterans are buried in the cemetery, as far back as the Revolutionary War.
But it is a veteran who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery whom he feels strongly about recognizing.
U.S. Air Force pilot Jesse Auton, the valedictorian of the 1923 graduating class of Piner High School in Piner, KY, flew missions in two wars and served as a White House aide under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Klette would like to see a memorial in Auton’s honor in Independence Cemetery.
Klette encourages those in the community to attend the 20th Annual Memorial Day service at Highland Cemetery. The service, he says, begins at 10 a.m., May 30 near the cemetery chapel.
Beechwood band will be on hand to perform and refreshments will be available.
There are now more registered drone owners in the United States than there are other kinds aircraft, according to new figures from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Almost 460,000 drone owners have registered with regulators, the FAA reports. Owners are required to register only once, even if they own more than one drone, so the actual number of unmanned aircraft is likely to be larger.
By comparison, there are about 315,000 aircraft logged in the FAA’s main aircraft database.
There are 2,806 aircraft in Maryland, according to the FAA’s main registry, and 9,259 drone owners.
The FAA began requiring drone owners to submit data for a registry shortly before Christmas and released the numbers this month. Any drone pilot or model aircraft owner with a vehicle that weighs between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds is required to register using an online form.
As drones have become a popular toy, giving users an inexpensive way of gathering aerial pictures and video footage, regulators have been struggling to figure out how to keep track of them.
Many models can fly high and far beyond the operator’s line of sight, where they risk collisions with airplanes and helicopters.
A process for determining rules for the commercial use of drones is moving forward slowly, frustrating would-be entrepreneurs who see business opportunities in the aircraft. Just 159 of the drone owners in Maryland registered as “non-hobbyist” users, according to the FAA.
Eric DiProspero, the president of Federal Hill drone company Heights + Horizons, said the FAA figures underscore how far the commercial use of drones has to go before becoming mainstream.
“The industry looks at drones as a hobby, as a toy, when in reality there are sustainable commercial enterprises that are using these on a daily basis,” DiProspero said. “It falls on the FAA to open up and listen to folks reasonably, but it also falls on drone users, whether it’s hobbyist or commercial, to do so responsibly to not force the FAA’s hand.”
The FAA said it released the data in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The agency declined to release the full data — including names and addresses of registrants — because officials determined it would be an invasion of people’s privacy.
That contrasts with registration records for regular aircraft, which are highly detailed and easily searchable on the FAA’s website.
Posted May. 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM