Since the U. S. Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Looking back to Boston – Volume 4

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the World

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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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Southern Florida Spotting Miami International El Dorado

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the World

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BY: Scott Jankowski
We continue our look at Spotting locations at Southern Florida Airports in Part 3 of our series focusing on “El Dorado”. Scheduled Airline Service began in September of 1928 when Pan American Airways started service from Miami to Key West FL. In the Mid-30’s airlines started to relocate to the then known 36th Street Airport for the old airport. Eastern Airlines was the first to relocate offering flights to New York City and Atlanta. Miami played an important part in the transportation of Troops and Material during World War 2. In 1943, the U.S. Army Corps completed the adjacent Miami Army Airport creating a vital gateway to Europe and Africa.

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In 1945 Cubana was the first International Airline to serve Miami with flights to Havana...

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Red Flag 17-2: Coalition Integration

By: Category: Base VisitsMilitary Exercise

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Red Flag is America’s premier training exercise for today’s warfighters. Originally developed to improve our nation’s air to air kill ratio during Vietnam, it has grown into much more than strictly air to air tactics.

Red Flag 17-2, which concluded March 10th, included allies such as Spain, Singapore, and the Netherlands. As with all Red Flags, integration is the name of the game at these exercises. The mission sets allow each nation participating to adapt to each other’s tactics, and to formulate the most effective way to eliminate the threats they face using all assets involved as a singular force. Many lessons and tactics are learned and shared between our coalition partners, and any challenges presented are addressed and overcome so that we maintain a constant state of readiness...

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Patrouille de France Crew Members Share Stories in Melbourne

By: Category: AirshowsMilitary

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This year’s Melbourne Air and Space show was special in that it marked the first American air show performance by the Patrouille de France. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of the pilots at the take-off party at the Hilton Rialto place Friday night before the show. If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I highly recommend it. Nearly all of the performing pilots were there taking pictures, signing autographs and sharing stories with fans.

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I was slightly apprehensive to “interview” these guys at such a busy event, but quickly realized they were more than happy to answer my questions. I first met Captain William Leroy, more commonly known as Athos 5...

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