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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. Read More

Hometown Spotting – KMKE

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldMidwestSpotting

IMG_0865 (1000x702) 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. Read More

Boeing’s 747 Design Reaches Fifty Years

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The first Jumbo Jet, Boeing’s model 747, garnered its launch order from Pan American World Airways in April of 1966. The design for the largest commercial jet transport (up to that time), hadn’t even been frozen for production yet. It has been said that Pan Am was able to influence parts of the new design while it was still on the drawing boards. The prototype finally flew on February 9, 1969, and was introduced into service by Pan Am some eleven months later, on January 22, 1970. Originally, what ultimately became the 747 design was a response to a large military transport aircraft competition that was advertised in May, 1964. The CX-LHS winner was Lockheed’s C-5A Galaxy, but Boeing retained much of their design idea in a commercial passenger jet proposal. During Boeing’s 50th Anniversary year (1966), the first orders were inked. This year (2016), Boeing just celebrated its 100th anniversary… how time flies! Read More

Airbus Delivers Its Ten Thousandth Airplane

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldEventsHelicoptersUncategorized

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Airbus, part of the large Airbus Group of aviation concerns, delivered their ten thousandth (that’s right – 10,000) aircraft on October 14, 2016. Founded on December 18, 1970, the company (originally known as Airbus Industrie) began with its focus on commercial airliners. It has since expanded into corporate jet versions of their airliners, military aircraft, helicopters, and the field of spacecraft. Initially, the company focused on a new, twin-aisle, medium-ranged airliner, named the A300. Fast forward to today; it has marketed and produced seven major commercial designs, with numerous variants of each. Airbus has branched out from its original base of Europe (France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom) to many other countries, including large presences in China, the U.S...Read More