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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (June 24, 2011) Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joe Alley, a C-130 navigator assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, waves to the crowd after Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 Hercules, lands while performing at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show. The Blue Angels performed in Rhode Island during the 2011 show season and in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jen Blake/Released)

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Touch down! After nearly five days of flying non-stop over the Pacific Ocean, the experimental solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 landed in Honolulu, Hawai'i, today, having made it through the most treacherous portion of its journey around the world and, in the process, having crushed the record for the longest duration solo flight without refueling (118 hours). Congrats Solar Impulse team! And Happy Fourth! Read more here at PopSci.

Remembering Iran Air Flight 655

Today marks the anniversary the Iranian civilian passenger plane being shot down by the United States Navy. On 3 July 1988 Iran Air Flight 655 (IR655), a fully civilian passenger plane flying from Tehran to Dubai was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes over Iran’s territorial waters. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, died. Of these 290, 254 were Iranian, while 13 were from the Emirates, 10 from India, 6 from Pakistan, 6 were from Yugoslavia and one from Italy. We will always remember them! We shall never forget! May those perpetrators of this horrendous crime one day be brought to justice.

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Three-year-old Mason Bain waves his U.S. flag as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds, fly in the diamond formation Nov. 10, 2012, during an Aviation Nation airshow at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Thunderbirds are the premier precision-flying demonstration team that flies red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

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It’s not everyday that we get to see a crow ride on the back of a soaring bald eagle, but that’s exactly the awesome sight captured by California-based bird photographer Phoo Chan. While crows are known for harassing raptors spotted flying near their nesting territory, that didn’t appear to be the case here. According to Chan:

“…in this frame the crow did not seem to harass the bald eagle at such close proximity and neither did the bald eagle seem to mind the crow’s presence invading its personal space. What made it even more bizarre was that the crow even made a brief stop on the back of the eagle as if it was taking a free scenic ride and the eagle simply obliged.”

At one point the joyriding crow even assumed a pose that looks remarkably like the mighty “Crane” stance from The Karate Kid:

Visit Phoo Chan’s 500px gallery or Flickr page to check out more of his stunning bird photos.

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