Avaition Nation 2014

By: Category: Airshows


What do you get when you combine sunshine, fast jets, ageless warbirds, and a large enthusiastic crowd?  That’s right…Aviation Nation!   The weekend of Nov 8-9, also known as the homecoming weekend for the USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, brought together many talented acts as well as over 130,000 aviation enthusiasts and curious spectators to the ramp at Nellis Air Force Base just north of Las Vegas, NV.  This is one show that PHXSpotters never misses, and we were there in full force to take in all the action.

The day started off with the color guard performing the national anthem immediately culminating with the fly-over of an F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II in formation and break for landing...

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Anchorage Alaska – The “Air Crossroads to the World”

By: Category: Uncategorized

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The mission of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport  “is to Develop  – Operate – Maintain The Airport for Anchorage – Alaska – the World”.  That sounds like a very tall order… until one grasps the importance of where the airport sits geographically and understands its importance on local and international levels.  It’s location makes it a prime stop for long-range international air cargo operations; as the largest and busiest airport in Alaska, it’s an important hub for intrastate transportation and commerce.

In 1948, the U.S. Congress appropriated millions of dollars to build an “international” type airport at Anchorage.  The airport opened in 1953, and soon handled about 90% of Alaska’s passenger traffic and two-thirds of the state’s mail...

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Maho Beach… Been There, Done That, Got the T-shirt!

By: Category: FriendsRoad trips


I’ve travelled to some truly special places to satisfy my passion for aviation photo opportunities.  I’ve photographed airliners at London’s Heathrow and Amsterdam’s Schiphol airports, from Imperial Hill near LAX, and at a score of other interesting facilities around the world.  One destination that had eluded me for some time was the famous Maho Beach approach to Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten (Dutch spelling) island.  By coincidence this past March, while searching itineraries that would mitigate the effects of a long cold New England winter, my wife Shirl found a cruise from New Orleans LA to Barcelona Spain whose first port of call just happened to be “The Friendly Island” of Saint Martin (English spelling)...

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Frontier Airlines Flight 859 “Stu the Rabbit”

By: Category: EventsFly-inRoad tripsUncategorized


PHXSpotter member Billy Ellison who is a longtime fan of the Airbus A318 had the chance to take a ride on the last ever US airline to operate the A318. On August 5th 2013 Frontier Airlines held its last passenger revenue flight from Denver to Phoenix on “Stu The Rabbit” N803FR. Here is his report

While waiting to board flight 859 to Phoenix I had seen some more Airplane geeks waiting to board the flight. I step over to chit chat with them. Like me they were very excited to be on the last Frontier A318 flight. As the flight crew got to the gate area I asked the Captain if he would mind if I took some photos of the crew and cockpit when we landed in Phoenix. I had explained to the flight crew that this will be the last time the Airbus 318 would depart Denver.

Finally the time came ...

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