Spirit AeroSystems plans to add more than 1,000 jobs over the two years, President and CEO Tom Gentile announced Wednesday. It also plans $1 billion in new capital investment at its Wichita site over five years, he said. Gentile said the company needs to grow and is out of room. ( Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle/Dec. 6, 2017)
Kansas City Star staff photographer David Eulitt videotaped the lightning from a line of thunderstorms in mid-Missouri on his flight from Chicago to Kansas City on Southwest Airlines Flight 20 Monday evening. Eulitt was returning from the Chiefs-Jets game in New Jersey with a connection in Chicago.
The Wichita Eagle purchased a drone last July and three of our photographers have become FAA-certified small Unmanned Aerial System pilots. We use the drone to bring fresh perspectives and images to stories. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
David Coleal, the president of Bombardier Business Aviation, announces that interior work on the Global 5000 business jet will be done in Wichita, and that the work will create 100 new jobs in Wichita. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
The Kansas Army National Guard took several people on Blackhawk helicopter rides around Arkansas City on Wednesday to raise awareness about the benefits a person can enjoy, such as college tuition assistance, by joining the guard. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle/Nov. 15, 2017)
In a video provided to the Miami Herald by a source who wishes to remain anonymous, a man makes it past Miami International Airport security Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, jumps onto a luggage carousel, and sprints onto the airport tarmac. Video has been edited by the Herald.
The Wichita Airport Authority conducted an FAA mandated large-scale disaster exercise on Sept. 19, 2017. The drill included approximately 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies and schools. The exercise featured a commercial aircraft that had crashed near a runway and broken apart on impact.
World War II pilot Robert Capen got behind the controls of a 1942 Boeing Stearman PT-17 during a flight by Darryl Fisher's Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. The flight was out of KCAC Aviation at the Johnson County Executive Airport.
McConnell Air Force Base held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to signify completing the preparation for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegusus. After three years, 16 projects, more than 23 million pounds of steel and $267 million, McConnell stands ready to accept the KC-46A and lead the way for the future of air refueling. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle/Oct. 16, 2017)
From NBAA in Las Vegas, Textron Aviation's Christi Tannahill leads a tour of and changes to the interior of the Cessna Citation Hemisphere, a $35 million large-cabin business jet scheduled to make its first flight in 2019. Video by Jerry Siebenmark