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PERTH – SPOTTING FOR ANTONOVS!

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Photos and article by Dion Makowski

What, exactly, makes four guys from Melbourne, Australia (and one girl) fly to Perth, Western Australia to see one aeroplane? This is roughly the same distance as San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas. Spotters across the globe know the aeroplane in question, the 1988-built AN-225 Мрія, UR-82060 (Mriya in Ukrainian means Dream or inspiration) which is the World’s longest and heaviest aircraft yet built. Powered by six Ivchenko-Progress D-18 turbofan engines, it has the highest takeoff weight (at 710 Short Tons). The previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 Hercules or “Spruce Goose” did have a greater wingspan and overall height...Read More

Chicago Airport Watch

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IMG_5063 (1024x513) By Scott Jankowski If you frequent the areas around any of the Chiagoland airports, chances are you have likely seen the orange-vested enthusiasts with “ORD AIRPORT WATCH” emblazoned across their backs. Simply put, we are a group of specially trained aviation enthusiasts, over 450 strong, that are considered “authorized” to spot and photograph the activity around the Chicago Airports. I am honored to be part of this program and have been an active member for 4 years now. The Watch Group was founded back in April, 2010 as an offshoot of the Neighborhood Watch program in the Village of Bensenville, Illinois, and is the first of its kind in the state. “Observe, Record, Report” is the official group motto, with all members receiving specialized yearly training...Read More

Twins Transform Boston’s International Market

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Boston, Massachusetts is distance-wise the closest large city between the United States and Europe.  Although the metropolitan area doesn't have the same business density and population when compared to New York City, the largest city in New England has long had international airline service to Europe and Canada.  In the recent past, an explosion of new nonstop city-pairs have emerged for the flying public, fueled by the expanded use of the newest generation of twin-engine airliners...Read More