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FedEx and Those 727s

FedEx and Those 727s

By now, everyone who follows the commercial aviation industry in the U.S. (or reads FlightJournal.com on a regular basis) undoubtedly knows what FedEx has been doing with its out-of-service Boeing 727s. In case you haven’t heard, the Memphis, Tenn.-based company that revolutionized air and ground express delivery is donating the jets to aviation schools, colleges and […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Lewis Hyde Brereton, aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force. A World War I pilot, he was one of the few senior U.S. commanders in World War II who served in combat theaters continuously from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the German surrender; he also saw action in more […]

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Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Bernie Wryn and Mel Guerrera spent a week and drove 3,000 miles to haul a worn-out airplane engine to Missoula, Mont. It’s going to replace an engine in a World War II plane built by Grumman that flew here under its own power. “When we bought the TBM Avenger, they also threw in an extra engine […]
Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan Thursday because of a low oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem. United Flight 125 from London’s Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, N.J., due to a low […]

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FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

A retired FedEx Express aircraft is making a new home in Greenville, S.C. After arriving from the FedEx hub in Indianapolis, Ind., the Boeing 727-200 will be towed to its permanent home at USAeroTech, where students there will learn about the mechanical aspects of large aircraft. “FedEx 727 freighters, once the backbone of FedEx’s domestic […]
Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Southwest Airlines on Thursday unveiled the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One — a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s iconic animals. Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at a ceremony at Orlando International Airport (MCO) yesterday with real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives from both companies. The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made […]

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The View from Pinal

The View from Pinal

Nope, this post isn’t about those women on TV airing their talk show from some remote location in the Caribbean. It’s about brand new Boeing 747s awaiting delivery at Pinal Airpark down in the southern part of Arizona. As many airliner buffs already know, Boeing simply doesn’t have room at any of its Puget Sound […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Charles J. “Charlie” Fern, American World War I pilot, barnstorming Hawaii aviator and newspaper pioneer; he also was the first commercial pilot in Hawaii. 1933 – The “Cuatro Vientos,” a Br.19 TF Super Bidon that just made an historic flight from Spain to Cuba, disappears after departing from Mexico. No trace of the […]

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Ohio Air Show Faces Uncertain Weekend Without Thunderbirds

Ohio Air Show Faces Uncertain Weekend Without Thunderbirds

The Vectren Dayton (Ohio) Air Show has pushed ahead without the crowd-drawing act of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and — for the first time ever — no official military support, but the potential attendance and economic impact of the loss isn’t known yet. The air show has a $3.2 million economic impact, filling hotel, […]
Historic Helicopter Dedicated at Home of 101st Airborne

Historic Helicopter Dedicated at Home of 101st Airborne

The Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion in Kentucky is now the proud home of a Korean War-era Hiller OH-23 Raven medical evacuation helicopter. The U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) leadership, along with the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) commander and 101st Airborne Division leaders, dedicated the aircraft display at a ceremony in its new […]
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