This year has been full of dramatic incident and exclusive stories, many of which have been accompanied with images. Here is the story of the year in pictures.1. Etihad A340-600 jumps chocks, hits wall
Number one comes from Toulouse, where an A340-600 was damaged and five people were injured in a ground test accident at the company’s Saint-Martin site:
Boeing Business Jets approached DesignworksUSA and challenged the firm to create a conceptual 787 aircraft interior for a fictitious, affluent, Russian client in his mid-thirties with this result.
A novel aircraft seating layout described as a “radical solution” to economy-class travel was unveiled in April:
The revelation of an A380 in SIA colours proved to be a popular choice:
In April, Powerplant maker’s website revealed a snapshot of possible configuration of fifth-generation PAK FA combat aircraft:
Airbus adopting a completely new philosophy for the attachment of the A350 XWB’s main landing gear proved to be an interesting story for you:
In February, Lockheed Martin rushed a software fix to Hawaii after 12 US Air Force F-22A Raptors en route to Japan for the stealth fighter’s first overseas deployment had to turn back because an unspecified problem with their navigation systems:
A Dutch air force Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon that crashed on 31 August 2006 in Afghanistan while on a standard two-aircraft support mission from Kabul may have gone down because the pilot, who did not eject and died in the crash, was distracted by a spider in the cockpit.
In January, Boeing revealed the interior design of the recently-launched 747-8 Intercontinental in a newly-completed two-deck mock-up
In September, Airbus revealed its move away from A380 for its new A350 XWB cockpit: