Boeing Marks Its 100th Year in Business

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On October 1, 1881, William E. Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan. He, and the company he would later found, would offer innovation and expansion to a fledgling aircraft building industry in the early part of the 20th Century. His philosophy was, and the company’s still is, to “Build something better”. Later, armed with many strategic concepts and systems developed by the company, the U.S. would survive the Second World War, a Cold War, and other conflicts abroad. Commercially, Boeing products helped to fuel a revolution in global air travel, bringing the world closer together...

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Orbis Unveils its New MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital

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Orbis MD-10 on the ramp at LAX

Orbis Unveils its New MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital at LAX

Photos and story by Bob Shane

June 2, 2016 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Orbis in its worldwide fight against blindness. During an LAX press conference, held on board their new MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), Orbis International introduced its third generation, state of the art, aircraft to the world. It took six years to build and it provides cutting edge technology over the DC-10 that Orbis operated for the last 22 years. The first generation jet aircraft that started it all in 1982 was a modified DC-8, formerly in service with United Airlines.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 285 million people around the globe that are visually impaired or blind...

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PERTH – SPOTTING FOR ANTONOVS!

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Photos and article by Dion Makowski

What, exactly, makes four guys from Melbourne, Australia (and one girl) fly to Perth, Western Australia to see one aeroplane? This is roughly the same distance as San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas.

Spotters across the globe know the aeroplane in question, the 1988-built AN-225 Мрія, UR-82060 (Mriya in Ukrainian means Dream or inspiration) which is the World’s longest and heaviest aircraft yet built. Powered by six Ivchenko-Progress D-18 turbofan engines, it has the highest takeoff weight (at 710 Short Tons). The previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 Hercules or “Spruce Goose” did have a greater wingspan and overall height...

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Chicago Airport Watch

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By Scott Jankowski

If you frequent the areas around any of the Chiagoland airports, chances are you have likely seen the orange-vested enthusiasts with “ORD AIRPORT WATCH” emblazoned across their backs. Simply put, we are a group of specially trained aviation enthusiasts, over 450 strong, that are considered “authorized” to spot and photograph the activity around the Chicago Airports. I am honored to be part of this program and have been an active member for 4 years now.

The Watch Group was founded back in April, 2010 as an offshoot of the Neighborhood Watch program in the Village of Bensenville, Illinois, and is the first of its kind in the state. “Observe, Record, Report” is the official group motto, with all members receiving specialized yearly training...

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