KMIA in the early 1990s, Part 1 – Cargo Jets and Maintenance

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I tagged along with a few friends who’d set up a quick tour of the cargo and maintenance areas at Miami International Airport in 1992. The weather was balmy, with showers and thunderstorms expected later in the day. Luckily, we were able to fit in the visit before it rained…  There was a great collection of jet freighters and (now-) classic airliners receiving maintenance that day, here are some of the turbine-powered aircraft I saw. Please bear in mind that these were taken twenty-five years ago (that’s a quarter century of flight), mainly on Kodak Ektar 100 film, and then scanned into digital photo files. Looking at the jets in use back then, and looking at today’s choices of photographic media, I can honestly say, my, how times have changed!

Coming up… Part 2 will contain glorious...

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Embraer’s E-190-E2 in Flight Testing Operations

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Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has begun testing their next generation, updated twinjet transports, known as the E2 series. Three versions of their present line, the E-175, E-190 and E-195 were chosen for upgrades, which include a new wing design, new Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G/PW1900G Geared Turbofan Engines, and software improvements. The E-190-E2 was the first version built, and first flew on May 23, 2016. The larger E-195-E2 just made its first flight on March 29, 2017. The smaller E-175-E2 has yet to make its first flight. Altogether, there’ll be four E-190-E2s, two E-195-E2s, and three E-175-E2s produced for the testing programs, before deliveries to commercial operators begin on each version.

Embraer has released a series of reports about the newest versio...

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Patrouille de France and New York State Police at Newburg

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Credit all photos to Bill Sarama, except where noted…

It’s a clear and warm Sunday morning in April in Upstate New York. What a great day to see both the French Air Force Demo Team and the NY State Police Aviation Unit, all in the same day!!

On Sunday, April 23rd, the French Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the “Patrouille de France”, (PdF), gave a special VIP performance at the Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. The “Patrouille de France” is the French Air Force equivalent of the US Air Force “Thunderbirds” Air Demonstration Squadron...

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Since the U. S. Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Looking Back to New England

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Soon after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 was signed, commercial flight operations (especially those of U.S. domestic airlines) began to change. New companies operating large and small airliners popped up, older, established companies went bankrupt and ceased operations, and many less profitable companies merged with others for financial considerations. The major U.S. airlines adopted the hub-and-spoke system of connecting flights, searching for a profit.

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Besides Boston’s Logan International Airport, the New England market was made up of a dozen or so small to moderate cities. Air taxi and commuter services grew...

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