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Pratt and Whitney’s 65th Anniversary Air Show – August, 1990

By: Category: AirshowsUncategorized

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The year was 1990, sixty-five years after the Pratt and Whitney company began their work on aircraft engines in East Harford, Connecticut. Frederick Rentschler and six others moved into an empty shop space in 1925, and developed the Wasp radial - an air cooled aircraft engine. This was the first in a long line of radial designs, and the company was just one of the brands that would ultimately merge to become the 1990’s United Technologies Corporation, a major Connecticut employer and world leader in aviation engine and systems manufacturing.

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The airport at the Pratt and Whitney headquarters was named after Frederick Rentschler, and served as its flagship aerodrome for many years – it was dedicated in 1931...Read More

An Hour at KBOS on the First of November 2017

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

 

On an overcast, but mild November day, I spent an hour of so along the approach paths to runways 4L and 4R. I tried out a new spot, a bit closer to the runways' threshold. It offers a different view of the aircraft on final... my normal spot is about half a mile further west, and better for side-on photos. Still, variety is the spice of life, and this angle was new to me. The lighting was very tricky, but the overcast negated shadows for the most part, except on the bellies. All in all the selection of aircraft between 2PM and 3PM wasn't bad - a mix on international and domestic arrivals. It was fun to see the enlarged use of "belly advertising", as Delta has joined the fray with their new A-321s emblazoned with their name...Read More

Spotting: Pre-Airshow London on Friday

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

b-737-600 Airshow London has become a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a solid, medium-sized air show that focuses on military aircraft both in the air and on the ground. The Ontario, Canada-based show had a solid history in the 1980s and 1990s as a premiere North American military aviation show, but took a rather lengthy hiatus from the early 2000s through 2016.

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What is surprising is that during the Friday arrival day in the Photo Pit, those awaiting military aircraft arrivals can witness a wide variety of great civilian airplanes too. London has a modest airline presence with Air Canada and WestJet regional airliners, mainly Dash 8s and Q400s as well as a great WestJet B-737-600 flight...Read More

T.F. Green Airport/KPVD, Friday July 14, 2017

By: Category: Airports Around the World

2 Air Force 2 was an anticipated visitor on a cloudy, hazy day at KPVD, for the National Governors Association Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.   A group of corporate and state government aircraft were expected to arrive and depart during the last day of the gathering, but in the end, the amount of traffic wasn't overwhelming. Still it was a great time to be outdoors and see a few different types of airliners and corporate transports, as well as the Vice President's C-32A.

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