Civilian

76-Year-Old Keeps Flying the Mail

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Everyone knows the U.S. Postal Service is in trouble. Indeed, the USPS had a total of 787,538 workers back in 2000. Yet as of the last official count in 2010, the figure dropped to 583,908. Amid all the reductions and reorganizations, however, 76-year-old Ray Arnold soldiers on as the last wilderness air-mail courier delivering mail in the [...]

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World’s Longest A380 Flight Begins

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Emirates has launched the world’s longest Airbus A380 non-stop service, flying the double decker plane from Dubai to Los Angeles. The daily flight crosses the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada and takes 16 hours and 20 minutes. The 8,335-mile flight is part of Emirates’ move to boost its ultra-long range flying and to [...]

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CNET Tours the Pacific Aviation Museum

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments

Spread across two hangars and some open tarmac on Hawaii’s Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, is the Pacific Aviation Museum. This collection of World War II and newer aircraft is a must-see for any airplane buff headed to Honolulu. From a Japanese Zero to a B-25, an F-5 to an F-104, there are [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alan Jerrard, British World War I flying ace who served in North Russia during the Russian civil war. 1945 – The first purely jet-powered airplane to operate from an aircraft carrier is a de Havilland Sea Vampire piloted by Royal Navy Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown from HMS Ocean (shown). 1972 [...]

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Stallion 51 to Host Aviation Photo Workshop

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

Stallion 51, an aviation services company perhaps best known for its North American P-51 Mustangs, is partnering with 3G Aviation Media to offer an aviation photography workshop January 24-26, 2014, at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Florida. 3G will be instructing photographers on how best to plan their shoot, emphasizing the importance of communication and pre-planning. [...]

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Canadian Airline Reveals Mickey Mouse 737

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft bearing the image of the mythical dragon Smaug from the “Hobbit” trilogy wasn’t the only magic-themed jet making its debut yesterday. Monday in Calgary, Canada, WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) unveiled a custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 featuring Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey, a role the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers bomb the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas. 1968 – Wien Consolidated [...]

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Air New Zealand Reveals Latest Livery

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Hobbit fans can finally see the most-anticipated character in the movie trilogy, the dragon Smaug. While Smaug has previously been glimpsed in part, his full body has never been revealed. Ahead of the premiere of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Desolation of Smaug,” Air New Zealand on Monday unveiled a 54-metre long image [...]

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