in the air tonight
The Lockheed EP-3 reconnaissance airplane that was the centerpiece of an internation crisis when it collided with a Chinese fighter jet in April 2001 took to the sky once again after extensive repairs at Lockheed Martin's factory near Atlanta.
The EP-3 sustained serious damage in the collision, plunging nearly two miles before the crew regained control; the Chinese pilot was killed. The crew was forced to land in Chinese terriroty and was detained by Chinese authorities for nearly two weeks. After an "inspection" by the Chinese, the EP-3 was dismantled and airlifed back to the United States, where it received a new wing, nose, and tail, as well as upgraded electronics.
Officials reported satisfaction with the test flight. After further tests, the aircraft will return to active duty.
(via Belligerent Bunny Blog)