Archive | November, 2011

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What happens to American’s orders?

Just to keep the American Airlines Chapter 11 theme going for a bit longer, it’s worth bearing in mind the carrier’s huge order backlog. The consenus appears to be that the orders won’t be affected by the bankruptcy, although that of course may change. Included within the tally are 141 Boeing 737NGs – not unlike […]

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American Airlines in Chapter 11

Much as the title suggests, really, given that the big news today is AA’s woes. Having flown with the troubled carrier yesterday – five hours on a Boeing 737-800 – here’s a shot of a 777 taxiing at London Heathrow 27L. Image credit: flcriminal @ AirSpace

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Dutch threesome (helicopters, that is)

Pictured here are a Boeing AH-64 Apache, Eurocopter AS532 Cougar and a Boeing CH-47 Chinook of the Royal Netherlands Army Air Force on exercises at Volkel earlier this year, photographed by Flightglobal Airspace user Ghostplanes. Credit: Airspace user Ghostplanes

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Boeing C-17 provides Thanksgiving fireworks

OK, it’s not really a pyrotechnic display to celebrate the over-consumption of turkey and pumpkin pie. In fact, according to the caption on the pic, it’s a C-17 Globemaster III performing evasive counter measures by launching flares during a Mobility Air Forces Exercise earlier this month in Nevada. It sure is purty though. Credit: US […]

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Whale vs Bear – Grizzly swallowed (almost) whole

Just in from Airbus Military is this shot of the first A400M for a customer – in this case the French Air Force – arriving at its final assembly line in Seville. The wings and nose are pictured being unloaded from the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft, although one colleague wondered if the Beluga’s gaping […]

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Boeing delivers 100th 737-900ER

And the lucky carrier to take the 100th airplane is Tajikistan-based Somon Air. So far the 737-900ER has racked up 414 orders from 16 customers. The 737-900ER is the longest 737, typically carrying 180 passengers in a two-class layout with an exit limit certified for up to 220 passengers in a single-class configuration. This is the airline’s […]

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Hawker protests as AT-6 falls short in LAS contest

The news that the US Air Force has decided not to select the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II for its light air support contest has been met, as you might expect, with howls of protest from the Witchita airframer. However, it does give us the opportunity to use this splendid picture of an AT-6 during recent […]

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Astraeus goes under

Astraeus Airlines announced today that it was going into administration. As well as posing questions for a number of carriers who rely on the UK wet lease specialist, there’s also Iron Maiden to consider. The band’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, is a pilot for Astraeus and the airline also provided a 757, nicknamed Ed Force […]

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Like an Osprey, but made of knobbly plastic blocks

Because it’s friday and because of the sheer amount of effort that’s gone into building it – here’s an example of what you can do with lego if you put your mind to it. In this case, a pretty detailed reproduction of a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey. Credit: Mad physicist photostream on Flickr For more of […]

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Boeing 747SP – does the SP stand for slowly perishing?

Courtesy of user Sharpshot on Flightglobal’s Airpspace image gallery, here’s a great picture of a slightly neglected Boeing 747SP. It began its life as a test aircraft for Boeing as it looked at the possibility of offering a 747SP Combi, before entering service with China Airlines in 1977. It wound up with Kinshasa in 2003 – […]

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