Archive | February, 2012

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A330 MRTTs in formation – a Voyager discovery.

This pic comes courtesy of airbus Military and shows a flight of three A330-based multi role tanker transports (MRTT). The lead aircraft, furthest from the camera will join the UK Royal Air Force – rechristened Voyager for the service – the middle aircraft is the original development example which will eventually enter service with the […]

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Lufthansa’s 747-8I takes to the skies

Pictured on a pre-delivery test flight from Seattle’s Paine Field, here’s a shot from Flightglobal’s AirSpace gallery of Lufthansa’s first Boeing 747-8I (D-AGYA) in its full livery. Handover of the aircraft is due in March. Credit: Joe G Walker gallery on Flightglobal AirSpace

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Boeing’s 1,000th 747

In a passing nod to the er… passing of the Boeing 747 from Singapore Airlines’ fleet, here’s a picture from Flightglobal’s AirSpace gallery of Boeing’s 1,000th 747. The Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered aircraft was delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1993 as 9V-SMU and carried out sterling years of service for the carrier until 2010. It underwent freighter […]

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB’s maiden sortie

Much as the title suggests – here’s Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB powerplant, which will eventually power the Airbus A350, on its maiden flight on board Airbus’s A380 MSN1 flying test bed. Credit: Airbus

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Lynx Wildcat meets Iron Duke. No-one hurt.

This picture from the UK Ministry of Defence has been released to coincide with completion of sea trials by the Royal Navy’s first AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat helicopter at the beginning of February on board HMS Iron Duke. Prototype ZZ402 made a total of 390 landings on the frigate, including 148 at night, 76 of which while using night-vision […]

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Antonov An-124 in New Zealand

Spotted this on the New Zealand Defence Force’s flickr stream. It’s an Antonov An-124-100 fresh from delivering the country’s first NH Industries NH90 helicopters to 3 Sqn at RNZAF Base Ohakea from Marignane, France. Credit: New Zealand Defence Force

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Vega’s successful maiden launch

ESA’s new launcher, Vega, made a successful maiden flight today from French Guyana. Aerospace manufacturer Avio coordinated work with 12 different European countries and 45 separate companies to produce 65% of the launcher.  Credit: ESA/Avio

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#SGA2012: Jackie Chan’s Legacy 650 arrives at the Singapore Airshow

Credit: Embraer Jackie Chan’s executive jet has arrived in Singapore, the first Legacy 650 to be displayed at the Singapore Airshow. Unfortunately Jackie isn’t present, but the aircraft, which has a distinctive ‘Dragon’ livery,  will certainly pull in the crowds during the show. To get the latest news and views from this year’s Singapore Airshow, […]

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Boeing 787 lands at the Singapore Airshow #SGA2012

Credit: Boeing The Boeing 787 landed at Singapore today in anticipation of this week’s Singapore Airshow. The Dreamliner is in the midst of a six-month “Dream Tour” taking it around the world and will be on static display between 14-17 February . You can follow all the latest from the Singapore Airshow on our dedicated […]

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Happy 20th Birthday Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a shiny new present, a Boeing 767-300ER. This is the first of four 767-300ERs from a 2008 order. Uzbekistan Airways, headquartered in Tashkent, also has two 787-8s on order.  

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