Aircraft

Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 1: A300, A310, A320 Series & A340

Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 1: A300, A310, A320 Series & A340

It was a bit more than fifty years ago – on May 29, 1969 – that the then-French Minister of Transport and German Minister of Economy Affairs signed an agreement to jointly develop the Airbus A300, thus giving life to what has become one of the two largest aircraft manufacturers in the world. Airbus celebrated …

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The Ultimate Guide to Flying on the Airbus A380: Airlines, Routes and More

The Ultimate Guide to Flying on the Airbus A380: Airlines, Routes & More

While nowhere near as legendary or as successful as the 747, the Airbus A380 certainly has its place in aviation history. And, without a doubt, it is an aircraft that many aviation enthusiasts – and even members of the general public – want to log a flight on. Because of that, after taking a look …

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From Testing Aircraft Engines to Fighting Fires: 7 Unique Uses of the Boeing 747

From Testing Aircraft Engines to Fighting Fires: 7 Unique Uses of the Boeing 747

When the 747 entered into service back in 1970s, it revolutionized air travel. Over the last couple of decades, though, more fuel efficient aircraft were developed which led us to the point where nowadays only twenty or so airlines use the 747 for carrying passengers. While there are also airlines that use the freighter version …

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The Ultimate Guide to Flying on the Boeing 747 in 2019: Remaining Airlines and Routes

The Ultimate Guide to Flying on the Boeing 747 in 2019: Remaining Airlines and Routes

With its distinct shape and four engines, the Boeing 747 – or “Queen of the Skies” – is, perhaps, the most recognized aircraft in the world. Having first flown commercially in 1970, it has been transporting passengers and cargo for almost 50 years. However, with more efficient twin-engine planes taking over the skies, flights operated …

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Airbus A380 vs. Boeing 747: The Ultimate Double-Decker Showdown

Airbus A380 vs. Boeing 747: The Ultimate Double-Decker Showdown

I have yet to meet an aviation enthusiast that doesn’t like the 747. After all, it’s an iconic airliner that changed the industry. On the other hand, the A380’s reception has been mixed – while there are enthusiasts who love it, there are also those who don’t. In this article, I decided to look at …

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Happy 50th Birthday, Queen of the Skies! Celebrating with My Favorite 747 Photos

Happy 50th Birthday, Queen of the Skies! Celebrating with My Favorite 747 Photos

Boeing 747 rolled out for the first time on September 30, 1968. Since then, its unmistakeable shape has turned it into one of the most recognized aircraft types and the favorite aircraft type of many aviation enthusiasts. With the above in mind, yesterday, September 30, 2018, (in the US, still today) marked a very special …

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"Per Aspera Ad Astra:" The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

“Per Aspera Ad Astra:” The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

Every year, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA takes off about a hundred times to help scientists gather data to better understand our solar system and the rest of the universe. Each of those flights, however, starts way before the heavily modified Boeing 747SP gets in the air. Each of them involves getting a large amount of …

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From a Learjet to SOFIA: A Brief History of the World's Largest Flying Telescope

From a Learjet to SOFIA: A Brief History of the World’s Largest Flying Telescope

If you ask someone what a Jumbo Jet can do, you will likely get one of the following two answers: transport passengers or haul cargo. Both of those are, of course, correct. But, did you know that there is a Boeing 747 that helps us better understand the universe? That’s exactly what Stratospheric Observatory for …

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Delta Air Lines and United Airlines 747s Nearing Retirement: The End of the 747 Era in the United States

The End an Era: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines 747s Nearing Retirement

Ranging from the legendary Pan Am and TWA to United Airlines, the Queen of the Skies – Boeing 747 – has been an important workhorse in many American airlines’ fleets. However, with both of the current American operators’ 747s nearing retirement, the era of Boeing 747s in passenger service with American airlines is about to …

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