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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!

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Airbus Delivers Its Ten Thousandth Airplane

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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...

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The Other Side of Thunder 2016

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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...

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