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A Unique Partnership

By: Category: AirlinesSpecial EventSpecial paintTransports

In 2009 a unique partnership was formed between Milwaukee Wisconsin’s General Mitchell International Airport and Airbus headquartered in Toulouse France. This agreement has seen Airbus use Milwaukee as a base of operations to cold weather test quite a few of its newest aircraft. These have included A320-251N D-AVVB, A350-941 F-WWCF, A350-1041 F-WWXL A380-861 F-WWDD, A380-841 F-WWOW with the Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, and this month saw F-WTTE A330-941 NEO which first flew in December of 2017.

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MILWAUKEE’S HOMETOWN AIRLINE

By: Category: Air FreightersTransports

If you have spent any time around Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport then you have probably seen or heard the multi-colored turboprops coming and going. These would be the Beech’s and Embraer’s of Milwaukee based Freight Runners Express and Air Charter Express. Since 1983 Freight Runners Express has been providing scheduled and on-demand cargo charters. In 2014 Air Charter Express was formed flying passenger Embraer E-120 Brasillia’s providing on-demand passenger charters mostly for college sports teams. Milwaukee is and will continue to be its Primary Hub, Headquarters, and Maintenance Base.

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Freight Runners Express has very humble beginnings when current company president Chip Zens founded the airline with a single Piper Cherokee...

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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsBase VisitsEAA AirVentureMilitary ExerciseSpottingTransports

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As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude.

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These are some of my favorites from airshows including Thu...

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