Hometown Spotting – KMKE

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldMidwestSpotting

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It’s officially known as General Mitchell International Airport or its three-letter designator MKE; for me it is my hometown airport. General Mitchell International is Wisconsin’s busiest and largest airport, except for the week of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. General Mitchell International is situated on two thousand one hundred eighty acres of land and is only eleven miles south of downtown Milwaukee. Our Airport is named after U.S. Army Air Service General Billy Mitchell, the father of the U.S.A.F. In this article, I will touch briefly on history, but the focus of this article will be on current statistics and spotting opportunities.

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The original Airfield was established in 1920 as Hamilton Airport; Milwaukee County purchased the land in 1926...

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Fire Air Assets Ready for Summer

By: Category: AirtankersEventsHelicoptersUncategorized

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What isn’t generally realised is that by the time of the disastrous and deadly 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Australia already had a nascent but established response to more effectively share aerial fire fighting resources where they were needed most.

National Aerial Firefighting Centre, a commonwealth and state government initiative, is the body thus entrusted, and a significant part of what they do is to facilitate the co-ordination and procurement of a specialised fleet of aerial assets for use by the states and territories of Australia during the fire season.

We were invited to attend the media day at Avalon Airport, where Victorian Deputy Premier and Emergency Services Minister, Mr James Merlino and Emergency Services Commissioner, Mr Craig Lapsley, addressed the media.

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The Victori...

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Boeing’s 747 Design Reaches Fifty Years

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The first Jumbo Jet, Boeing’s model 747, garnered its launch order from Pan American World Airways in April of 1966. The design for the largest commercial jet transport (up to that time), hadn’t even been frozen for production yet. It has been said that Pan Am was able to influence parts of the new design while it was still on the drawing boards. The prototype finally flew on February 9, 1969, and was introduced into service by Pan Am some eleven months later, on January 22, 1970.

Originally, what ultimately became the 747 design was a response to a large military transport aircraft competition that was advertised in May, 1964. The CX-LHS winner was Lockheed’s C-5A Galaxy, but Boeing retained much of their design idea in a commercial passenger jet proposal...

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Pima Air and Space Museum Receives Orbis DC-10

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PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM RECEIVES DC-10 FROM ORBIS

The Pima Air & Space Museum has added the recently retired Orbis DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital to its ever-expanding world renowned collection.

The Orbis DC-10, Flying Eye Hospital, arrived Monday, November 7 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and then was towed to nearby Pima Air & Space Museum. A formal induction ceremony and opening of public static display will be announced at a later date.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this significant aircraft to the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum...

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