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Aviation Meet Takes Fans Behind Scenes

Feb 26, 2014 No Comments

Sprawled out before us sits the exterior of the world’s biggest building by volume. They make airliners here. Big ones. “Let’s go see some airplanes!” says our Boeing VIP tour guide. I remind myself: This doesn’t happen very often. Yeah yeah yeah, Boeing offers public tours of this 98.3-acre airliner factory north of Seattle every day. This ain’t that. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. 1897 – Birth of Samuel Marcus Kinkead, South African World War I fighter ace; he would later serve [...]

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Gallery: Boeing’s Incredible Dreamlifter

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s Large Cargo Freighter, also known as the Dreamlifter, is the primary means of transporting the wings, fuselage sections and other major assemblies of the 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s global partners to the 787 final assembly sites in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. As 787 production increases, the four Dreamlifters in the fleet are [...]

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Flight Review: Quest Kodiak

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments

In 2010, I traveled to Haiti to deliver medical supplies in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that leveled much of the area in and around impoverished Port-au-Prince. It was no surprise that the crew of a Quest Kodiak beat me there. After all, the Kodiak was created to serve as a primary workhorse for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Thomas Sydney Sharpe, British World War I flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Douglas Cloudster (shown), American biplane aircraft; the only product of the Davis-Douglas Co., it is designed to make the first non-stop flight coast-to-coast across the U.S. 1945 – Death of James Herbert Knight, American pilot who [...]

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Last Passenger DC-10 to be Scrapped

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

The authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines are planning to scrap its two McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft locally, as no museum has agreed to keep one of them that had made a much-hyped farewell flight to the UK — finally destined for a place at a U.S. museum, top Biman officials said Sunday. The other DC-10, [...]

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Canada’s Lancaster Bomber to Tour UK

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

Canada’s World War II Avro Lancaster bomber will soon be heading across the Atlantic to join the only other airworthy plane of its kind for a series of special flights over the U.K. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton revealed Monday that it plans to fly its vintage Avro Lancaster to England in August. [...]

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Four Airlines Set to Get Airbus A380s

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

As more airlines are bidding farewell to the last Boeing 747 in their fleet and opt for the airframe’s 777-300ER or the competing Airbus A380 as their flagship product instead, this year will see four more airlines welcoming their first superjumbo. The A380 provides 50 percent more floor space compared with the 747, but airlines [...]

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