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Dragon’s Den

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

As everyone knows, few DH 89 Dragon Rapides remain airworthy today. Constructed of wood and fabric, time has deteriorated their glued joints, and timber airframe components have rotted on these iconic 1930s British passenger biplanes. So the arrival of a Dragon Rapide at the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh was a delightful surprise. Touching down at Oshkosh [...]

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First C-27J Spartan arrives late for duty

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

The first C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to become operational with U.S. forces has arrived at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Ohio. The Italian-built C-27J has been called a “Mini C-130” because it houses two engines (instead of four), and its propellers are identical to those of second-generation Hercules transports. Mansfield’s first aircraft (no. [...]

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Boeing rolls out 1,000th 767, begins new assembly line

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

When the 1,000th Boeing 767—a 767-300ER—rolled off the original assembly line, history was marked in two ways. The rollout marks 29 years of service for the venerable wide-body twinjet just as 767 production moves to a new, smaller bay design to improve efficiency. The 767 originally went into service in 1982, and it’s offered in [...]

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Tailview: In the Interest of History

May 25, 2011 No Comments

As editor-in-chief for 14 years and counting, Flight Journal has been more than a magazine to me. It is a portal through which pass the most interesting people with some of the most interesting stories in the world. I’m an airplane guy through and through, and I love the world these guys have helped create. [...]

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