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Gallery: Boeing’s Incredible Dreamlifter

Gallery: Boeing’s Incredible Dreamlifter

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 […]
Flight Review: Quest Kodiak

Flight Review: Quest Kodiak

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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A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

The U.S. government will delay procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs by two years and ground its aging fleets of Fairchild Republic A-10s, Lockheed U-2s and Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors under the US Department of Defense’ fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. The changes, which must be approved by Congress, were announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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

Last Passenger DC-10 to be Scrapped

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, […]
Canada’s Lancaster Bomber to Tour UK

Canada’s Lancaster Bomber to Tour UK

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

Four Airlines Set to Get Airbus A380s

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Marie Marvingt, French athlete, mountaineer, and aviator, and the most decorated woman in the history of France; among other firsts, she is the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot during World War I. 1939 – First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner […]

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Scorpion Continues Test Flights

Scorpion Continues Test Flights

The Scorpion intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-strike aircraft from Textron AirLand, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises, has completed additional test flights. Several hundred hours of additional flight tests are planned in 2014, with each flight targeting specific objectives pushing the aircraft’s airspeed, altitude, and performance envelope. “Overall, we’ve had very positive results […]
Passenger DC-10s: A Look Back

Passenger DC-10s: A Look Back

Starting Friday, the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 will start its farewell tour as the last passenger DC-10. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly to Birmingham, UK, by way of Kuwait and then offer scenic tours before it is finally ferried to a final “resting” location in the U.S. AirlineReporter.com’s Bernie Leighton will be covering these events from Bangladesh […]
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