November 2008 Archives
What a difference a global financial crisis makes. As recently as late August, Dassault Aviation executive chairman Charles Edelstenne was adamant that his company had no interest in increasing its 5% stake in Thales.
However, late November brought a U-turn, when it was revealed that Dassault had entered negotiations to buy the 20.8% Thales stake held by telecommunications group Alcatel-Lucent.
The change of heart was prompted by a sudden darkening of the business jet forecast, argues defence analyst Francis Tusa.
He notes that "last year, everything was riding high with business jets", but adds that enough has happened since July/August for the current outlook to be "arguably the single biggest thing" behind Dassault's move. Read more....
China's new regional jet aircraft, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China's ARJ21-700, has successfully completed its first flight. More....
The grand flypast, as part of the welcome party to the iconic vessel's arrival in Dubai, was carried out by Emirates' third A380 aircraft, piloted by Capt. Abbas Shaban.
NASA has invested almost two decades and $500 million on modifications to N747NA, a former Pan Am and United Air Lines mainline aircraft that is now a research platform called the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia).
Mounted in the rear of N747NA - in Section 46 - is a 19t telescope with a 2.5m (98.4in) primary mirror, 100mm larger than the Hubble Space Telescope's mirror, that scientists will use to study infrared and far-infrared light above 99% of the water vapour that interferes with such measurements from the ground.
It has the honour of being this week's AirSpace image of the week and features on page three of this week's Flight International Magaizine.
To get your image featured, simply login to our community platform AirSpace and add your best pictures to your own created gallery.
For inspiration, why not look at some of berniec's gallery which now has over 300 excellent images
Alliant Techsystems reported a successful full-scale test of the Orion crew exploration vehicle launch abort system (LAS) at the company's Promontory, Utah, test site on 20 November.
The US Department of Defense has assigned a key architect of the project that became the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme to look at launching an all-new, "future vertical lift" (FVL) aircraft to enter service after 2020.
A key goal will be to reduce the danger of aircraft operating in vertical lift mode. Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003 are said to have claimed 215 helicopters and 380 lives.
Here's a picture of a Chinook in service in Afghanistan.
A double-deck 72.2m (237ft)-span swept wing passenger jet with two aft mounted Rolls-Royce Trent-like engines and an altitude ceiling of 55,000ft (16,700m) has been proposed as a more environmentally friendly airliner by a group of former UK aerospace engineers, calling their project Stratos.
Air France has become the latest carrier to repaint one of its aircraft in a retro livery, decorating this Airbus A320 to commemorate the airline's 75th anniversary.
This particular A320 is a 19-year old aircraft, F-GFKJ, and is pictured at Toulouse Blagnac Airport.
Related retro content:
In May Flight reported in video and pictures that a Finnair A319 had been painted in a retro Finnish Airlines livery.
And Monarch Airlines celebrated its 40th anniversary in April with a celebratory flight from Luton to Menorca with six Monarch Cabin Crew dressed in the original 1968 uniform.
For pictures on new liveries take a look at our gallery on AirSpace.
In the production of the 2009 edition, we thought that it would be a great idea to have a competition which gives you the chance to have your image featured on the front cover of the 2009 JP Fleets book.
This image, taken by bwiadca is an example of the type of image we are looking for.
You'll see this image of a de Havilland Sea Vixen on page 3 of this week's Flight International. We've chosen it as Pic of the Week.
The picture was taken as the aircraft was taxiing during Families Day in July earlier this year.
Rummaging around in our archives I found these pictures, "first to be released for publication", an advertisement for the titanine aircraft finishers used on the aircraft, a mini-profile about the aircraft.
This entry shows rocket projectiles attached to on the Sea Vixen. And as if that wasn't enough, here's a general arrangement bunch of diagrams before final configuration.
Picture credit Execitive Beechcraft
Executive Beechcraft, general aviation fixed-base operators specialising in aircraft sales and support, maintenance, avionics and aircraft management, celebrated its 70th anniversary last week on 15 November.
The company that began in 1938 as a family business (pictured: Dan Meisinger Senior, co founder of Executive Beechcraft) was sold in 2007, and is now a part of BBA Aviation, providing of aviation services and flight support based in London.
"We've been here through it all," says Ed Chevrestt, vice president and general manager of Executive Beechcraft. "In fact, EB's downtown Kansas City facility even dates back to the founding days of Trans World Airlines (TWA), where Howard Hughes himself had an office!"
As general aviation, corporate and cargo/freight aircraft navigate cross country, Executive Beechcraft is geographically centered as an ideal midway point for refueling and crew rest, as well as providing aircraft maintenance when needed.
Picture credit: Qantas
Australian flag carrier Qantas was founded on this day in 1920. This picture is Qantas's second office in Longreach, in 1921. Flight at the time focused on European news.
But I discovered this Qantas airline profile circa 1964. In 2003 Flight featured Australian airlines following the collapse of Ansett.
Famously Raymond Babbit, the autistic character in Rainman said that Qantas never crashed, so here is a feature on Qantas' safety monopoly.
Picture credit: AirTeamImages/Colin K. Work
This is a Deperdussin Monoplane much like the one used by "well-known" French pilot Prevost, who won the Jacques Schneider Maritime Cup in 1913.
The event was a speed contest open to all types of seaplanes. Flight compiled a History of the Schneider Trophy back in 1925.
The race was held eleven times between 1913 and 1931.
Here we see Steve McQueen and Lee Majors kicking back, having a beer with the sun beating down and probably chatting about the joys of flight.
Steve McQueen's love of aviation is being celebrated in Santa Paula, California, this weekend. Read more....
Picture credit: NASA
The crew of Apollo 8, who flew to the Moon on Saturn V 40 years ago next month will reunite live on NASA TV today. Read more....
Photo credit: Rex Features/David Fisher
The QE2 arrived at port ahead of its farewell voyage, Southampton, UK yesterday.
As the clock struck 11am, a million poppies were dropped from a Tiger Moth aircraft over the vessel.
The ship is currently sailing to its new home in Dubai where it is to be a floating hotel.
- See Flight's archives for more flybys with a maritime theme and see HMS Illustrious from last week which had a model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter onboard as it sailed down the Thames.
- See also a US Marine Corps Bell-Boieng MV-22 Osprey making history by landing aboard UK Royal Navy's strike carrier HMS Illustrious
Ryanair launched its second Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2009 yesterday with a print run of 10,000 which the airline hopes will generate €100,000.
The entire proceeds from the sale of the 2009 edition will go to the Dublin Simon Community, a charity providing vital services for the homeless in Ireland's capital.
Last year Flightglobal brought you the first Ryanair Cabin Crew Calendar 2008 which showed 12 oily, dirty and practically naked cabin crew who draped themselves over the landing gear, engines and cockpits of Ryanair's fleet of Boeing 737s.
Michael Targett in his Editor's Blog on the 2009 calendar, points out that this year's launch was an unhappy coincidence of timing with a Ryanair 737 landing heavy and overrunning in Rome following a bird strike.
Alitalia began operations on 5 May 1947. Flight reported that Alitalia started with three-engined Fiat G.12S and would soon bo using Fiat G.12LS and four-engined Siai-Marchetti S.M.95S, and both powered by Pegasus 48 engines.
Flight reported that the reorganisation of the airline was helped along the way with "considerable effort" by British European Airways, in August 1947.
The Fiat G.12 was an Italian transport aircraft of the Second World War. Flight compiled a piece about it's general characteristics.
In December 1947 Alitalia announced service plans to mark its re-entry into internation civil aviation. It would fly to Vienna and Prague, Madrid and Lisbon among other destinations.
Alitalia's cargo arm operates from Italy's Malpensa International Airport and this McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, pictured (courtesy Airteamimages.com), is one of the company's fleet of five, according to Flight's ACAS (fleet) database.
Cash-strapped Alitalia is awaiting feedback from the European Commission (EC) its relaunch efforts and to confirm it complies with state aid rules.
See our Airline Business Blog for up to the minute views on the state of the beleaguered airline.
At 10:45 on the morning of 11 November 1918 the crew of a 15 Sqn RE.8 observation aircraft landed at Auchy and reported no enemy aircraft or anti-aircraft fire seen. Fifteen minutes later, Armistice with Germany was declared and the war ended.
The pictured Sopwith Camel was unmatched in its manoeuvrability by any contemporary type.
Major Wiliam Barker's Camel became the most successful fighter aircraft in the history of the RAF, shooting down 46 aircraft and balloons from September 1917 to September 1918 in 404 operational hours flying.
To celebrate the end of the First World War, Flight dedicated its front page to the King's message to the Royal Air Force published on 14 November 1918.
See some historic images from Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon on AirSpace.
And check out the Flightglobal.com Editor's Blog which explores how the Flight archives recorded armed conflict and victories.
The Alenia Aermacchi M-346 is a military transonic trainer aircraft. Flight published a technical description of the aircraft back in June 2003.
According to the Flight archives the M346 is "being offered as an advanced trainer, [but will] have secondary combat roles, including close air support, interdiction, point defence, homeland defence and low-level air defence.
"These take advantage of the trainer's low operational costs," says Lucchesini, while stressing that the roles are secondary to the M346's main purpose."
Users on Flight's AirSpace forum recently offered suggestions of nicknames for the M346 in a bid to win themselves a free flight in the aircraft.
See the advertisement that Agusta put out in September 1978. It says that the A109 has the fastest maxiumu speed (at168kts) and the highest "rate of survivability".
Here's an image of a turboprop business aircraft, the aerodynamic Piaggio P180 Avanti II.
In 1986 Flight reported that the aircraft received Italian certification, paving the way for firm orders.
Flight also featured the aircraft at its development stage allowing Flight's cutaway illustrators to get beneath its skin. Here's the aircraft's general arrangement and aircraft profile as it appeared in our archive.
...and the cutaway as it appeared across two pages: first page showing the nose and part of the fuselage of the P180 Avanti and the second page showing the tail.
Continuing with our Italian theme this week here is a picture of an ATR 72.
Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is an Italian-French based aircraft manufacturer. It was formed in 1981.
Here is the new company's announcement in the form of an advertisement found within our pdf archive.
Today's image is of an Alenia C-27J Spartan.
Flightglobal reported in 1999 how Alenia and Lockheed Martin rolled out its first C-27J Spartan.
... and some images of Italy taking delivery of first of 12 C-27J Spartans developed by Alenia with Lockheed Martin.
PLUS this profile of the aircraft including its general arrangement, a cutaway drawing and a link to Flight's test pilot Mike Gerzanics verdict on its handling.