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Happy 50th Birthday – thanks for not delivering nuclear armageddon

Boeing is saying a big happy birthday to the youngest member of  the US Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress fleet which was delivered from its Wichita facilty a half-century ago. The H-model bomber - 61-040 – was assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota, and remains in active service. Here it is earlier in its life: Boeing

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Lovingly restored Fokker F-27

Because I linger on the mailing list of a number of logistics companies, I still receive the odd truck and trailer releases. Still, they occasionally yield some gems like this series of pictures from Dutch heavy haulage firm Van der Vlist, which shows the company moving a beautifully restored Fokker F-27 to a position of […]

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Super Stieglitz bought by Brazilians

Fresh from the in-box this morning is a release from the TAM Museum in Brazil which appears to have acquired a little piece of history in the form of a Focke-Wulf J44 Stieglitz. Although mostly manufactured in the German city of Bremen from 1933 onwards, but it was also produced under licence in Cordoba, Argentina and […]

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A-10 and F-86s display – file under ‘quite cool’

Now this is nice. A shot from the US Air Force shows a Fairchild Republic A-10 flanked by a pair of North American F-86 Sabres at an air show (the wonderfully named “2012 Defenders of Freedom Open House”) held at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Credit: US Air Force

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Spanair – gone but not (quite) forgotten

Seems like only yesterday that Spanair was a vibrant, profitable airline, now sadly consigned to aviation’s scrapheap. However, this 2006 shot of a Boeing MD-83 from user Martin Needham was just posted on Flight’s AirSpace gallery to remind us of its glory days. Credit: M_Needham gallery on Flightglobal/AirSpace

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One from the archives – de Havilland Comet

Back from when aircraft were aircraft and photos were photos – complete with scratches, dust, noise and other associated lo-fi goodness – is this little gem from our archives of this de Havilland DH106 Comet. Lovely and from before we had colour too. Credit: Flightglobal

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Jetman Yves Rossy in formation with Douglas DC-3

Pictured during a 23 June flight is Yves “Jetman” Rossy in close formation with a Douglas DC-3 over Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.The Swiss aviator dropped from an AS350 helicopter at 6,000ft and deployed the carbon-kevlar Jetwing – powered by four jet engines - which he uses his body to steer to perform the flight. The flight lasted seven […]

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Tante Ju in all her glory

Posted by AirSpace user Adam Duffield, this Junkers Ju-52 (HB-HOT) operated by JU-AIR is pictured at the Saxon Air terminal at Norwich Airport. This was the first stop on a transatlantic crossing, reports Adam. Nearly 5,000 of the type were built, according to Wikipedia, with 585 assembled post-1945 in France and Spain. Credit: Adam Duffield on […]

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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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Flankers arrive for showing off at RIAT

Two aircraft dating from the Cold War era have arrived from the Ukraine to take part in the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this weekend. The Russian-built Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’, in the livery of the Ukrainian Air Force, landed at RAF Fairford today to take part in the static display.  The Ukrainian […]

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