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Springtime Spotting in February

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

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The calendar read February 18th, but it felt more like May 18th. Spring, almost Summer was in the air for several days during a week of record warmth in the Upper Midwest. Temperatures were in the upper 60’s to low 70’s with clear blue skies made for a perfect opportunity for some spotting and photographer! What better way to enjoy the weather than to spend it down at Chicago O’Hare Airport (KORD).

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Chicago O’Hare has two different traffic patterns: West Flow with arrivals on Runways 27 Right and Left, also Runway 28 Center. Departures will be on Runway 28 Right and Runway 22 Left. East Flow will see arrivals on Runways 10 Right and Center, also Runway 9 Left. Departures will be off Runway 10 Left and Runway 9 Right. We were treated to one day of each traffic flow...

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RUSLAN

By: Category: AirlinesTransportsVisitors

_MG_6788 (1000x579) Translated into English, the meaning is simple: “Giant”, and that describes the An-124 perfectly. The AN-124 is almost the largest aircraft in the world, second only to the AN-225 Mirya which translated into English means “Dream”. The AN-124 was designed and built to handle oversize and overweight cargo that no other aircraft can handle. The AN-124’s rugged design allows it operate from even the most poorly equipped airfields around the world. I recently had the opportunity to get an up-close look at just how much of a behemoth this aircraft truly is.

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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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My Annual Pilgrimage

By: Category: AirlinesAirshowsAirtankersEAA AirVentureEventsFly-inMilitaryMuseumsWarbird

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AirVenture, EAA, Oshkosh, The World’s Busiest for 6 Days, whatever you call it, it is one of the Premier Aviation Events of the Year. This Year’s AirVenture did not disappoint in the least. From the Martin Mars, Tora, Tora, Tora, The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, to the Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8F as usual there was something for everyone. We all have a specific reason, commemoration, event, or aircraft that draws our attention or reason for attending. This year we had several Special Events including Boeing’s 100th Birthday, the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, The 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm and many more...

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