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Air New Zealand unveils ‘Hobbit-themed’ Boeing 777

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Photo by: Keith Charlot

In the airline's own words, Air New Zealand says that "stunning 777-300 aircraft ... is set to become a flying billboard for the soon-to-be-released movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey "This aircraft is going to excite passengers and fans of Sir Peter Jackson's award-winning cinema fantasies alike when it begins regular Air New Zealand services between Auckland, Los Angeles and London from this evening," Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe said after the jet was unveiled Friday afternoon. Kieth Charlot was able to grab a outstanding departure of the Boeing 777-300 from LAX. Air New Zealand is no stranger to creating bold special liveries for their fleet...Read More

Aviation Nation 2012

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  The much anticipated spotting weekend in Las Vegas has come and gone.  It was an amazing weekend filled with commercial spotting, military spotting, night landscape photography, and members also took part in some non-aviation related extra-curricular activities because, well it is Las Vegas you know!  All in all it was a very successful trip despite some less than perfect weather conditions. When the sun came up on Friday morning it did not look like a promising spotting day.  It was a mostly cloudy sky, windy, and for us desert folk it was a bit chilly.  Members headed out to the Sunset Road viewing area anyways to see what we could get.  After spending an hour or so out there with the sun only peaking out occasionally, we decided to pack it up and take a long lunch break...Read More

Wickenburg Fly-In and Thunderbird 150 Air Race

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e1ds_2386_1200_n54az Almost 2 weeks ago there was a small-ish fly-in held in Wickenburg. Even though it was small there was a fair selection of planes and classic cars, as well as several aircraft that participated in a race. Unfortunately we came in pretty late and missed the arrivals. It also served as a warm-up for Copperstate 2012 Read More

PHXSpotters visit Los Angeles (LAX)

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  The spotting trip started like any other trip. An Idea, someone thought it would be a great idea for the group to head out to Los Angles (LAX) for the weekend. That is how this idea turned out to be the best spotters trip I have been involved with. We started a post in our forums and the next thing I knew there were members already announcing that they wanted to go. So let the planning begin; now it’s not the easiest thing to do. So day one, Jason Bong and Peter Van dyke and Jason Knapfel head down on Thursday morning on the first flight out to LAX. This was kind of special me since this was my first trip on a 757-200. I got to sit up front in 6C. I tried to get bumped to first class but that section was full...Read More