Within days after it became public last month that Congress was seeking to purchase additional business jets for use by senior government officials, House leaders dropped the $550 million request from the Defense Department’s budget.
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• The Hellenic Air Force was expected to take delivery in late February or early March of a new Gulfstream V contracted for in late March last year.
Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.