Category Airlines

The Other Side of Thunder 2016

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IMG_1053 (1078x585) The Skies over Detroit’s Willow Run International Airport (KYIP) are devoid once again of high performance fighters - of today and yesterday - once again. Thunder Over Michigan 2016 is in the rear view mirror and in the history books. Thunder 2016 had it all: Mustangs to Migs, Hueys to Hornets, and A10s to Avengers. The highlights were many, from high performance fighters such as the FA-18E/F Super Hornet to the F-22A Raptor, flying maneuvers that are hard to believe possible. The Breitling Jet Team put on a dazzling display of aerial artistry, flying the highly maneuverable L-39 Albatross. If these were not enough, add in the F-100 Super Sabre, Mig-17 Fresco, and the TA-4J Skyhawk, all of which kept the intensity and noise level very high...Read More

Boeing’s “Founder’s Day” Century Celebration

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On July 15, 2016, the Boeing Company marked its 100th birthday. The aircraft manufacturer’s “Founders Day” event at Boeing Field, Seattle was the high point of a celebration that had been going on all year. Boeing was officially founded on July 15, 1916, a month after the first flight of the Boeing Model 1 single engine bi-plane seaplane known as the B & W. It was designed by William Boeing and U.S. Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt.

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In part, due to a series of strategic acquisitions of prominent aerospace companies, such as McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s, Boeing has evolved into one of the largest aircraft manufacturers and the second largest defense contractor in the world...Read More

My Annual Pilgrimage

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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...Read More

KBOS – July 26, 2016

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Before departing on a late afternoon flight from the Boston Logan International Airport to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (and later a drive up to the 2016 EAA Airventure Oshkosh show) I spent a few hours at the gate watching the Logan arrivals and departures during a normally busy three hour window. Many international arrivals from Europe and Canada made their way onto a pair of runways... 33 Left and 27... which isn't a common combination during the summer, as winds are usually out of the south or east, not the north or northwest. Saab 340 turboprops are still common in the Northeast, ever since Bar Harbor Airlines and Business Express introduced their early versions in the 1990s. Two Canadian Airlines operate Q-400 turboprops on a regular basis too...Read More