2008 has seen another bumper year for remarkable images;with this year’s most popular images ranging from new nose designs to crash pictures, with some unusual shower designs mixed in too:
- Virgin Galactic unveils Dyna-Soar style SpaceShipTwo design and twin-fuselage White Knight II configuration
The first images of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) proved extremely popular this year, showing the continued interest in this pioneering idea. Created by Scaled Composites, the design harks back to the NASA/USAF Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar glider of the 1960s.
Our first spy picture of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo under construction at Scaled Composites in Mojave added fuel to the fire as SpaceShipTwo came closer to reality.
The BA Boeing 777 Heathrow crash in January was an significant incident in many ways, with pictures from the scene showing how lucky we were that there were no fatalities in the incident.
Emirates became the first A350 customer to release images of the XWB with the revamped nose and cockpit window arrangement adopted by Airbus as it refined the aircraft’s design from the original 2006 concept.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways fired a senior pilot for carrying out an unauthorised low-level flypast in Seattle during the delivery flight of a Boeing 777-300ER in February
The incident took place on 30 January at Everett Airport immediately after Cathay took delivery of the new 777-300ER. After take-off for Hong Kong the Captain – Chief 777 pilot Ian Wilkinson -returned the aircraft to the airfield and made a low-level flypast with the landing gear up.
Boeing sent a team of specialists to Saudi Arabia to assist with investigating an incident in March when a Saudi Arabian Airlines 777-200ER suffered damage to its starboard wing during a service to Riyadh last week. This illustration showed where the damage took place.
Airbus released pictures of the first Airbus A380 destined for Emirates as it was being rolled out of the paint shop at the airframer’s plant in Hamburg.
Middle Eastern carrier Emirates revealed the first images of the interior features on its Airbus A380 aircraft, showing that shower-spas will be among the facilities installed for first-class passengers.
Emirates Airline welcomed its first Airbus A380 this year with the unveiling in Hamburg.