Flightglobal’s Top 10 picture stories of 2008

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:

  1. 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.

2. SPY PICTURE: First image of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo structure

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.

3. PICTURES: BA Boeing 777 Heathrow crash evidence

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.

4. PICTURES: Emirates A350 images reveal revised nose design

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.

5. PICTURES: Cathay chief 777 pilot fired after low-level flypast stunt

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.

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6. PICTURE: Airbus goes public with A350 XWB design

Airbus inadvertently went public with its new A350 XWB design when it initiated a new A350 XWB publicity campaign that featured an illustration of the amended nose design of the twinjet.

7. VIDEO & PICTURE: Boeing investigates as Saudi 777 lands with wing damage

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.

8. PICTURE: Emirates’ first Airbus A380 breaks cover in Hamburg

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.

9. PICTURES: Emirates A380 first-class cabin to have showers and private suites

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.

10. PICTURES & VIDEO Emirates takes delivery of its first A380, all set for inaugural

Emirates Airline welcomed its first Airbus A380 this year with the unveiling in Hamburg.

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