UPDATE 2: Aviation April Fools’ Day pranks revealed (open thread edition)

Like a shining beacon of truth and honesty (think of Sherlock Holmes mixed with Columbo with a hint of Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder), the Flightglobal team aims to sniff out and reveal to you the dodgy aviation stories on this famous day of mistrust and intrigue.

Taking a leaf out of our very own Flightblogger’s book, this post is open and will be continually updated throughout the day so keep checking back to find out more as we find it. Also, we need you to tell us any suspicious stories you find so we can investigate.

Here’s a list of the pranks we have found so far:

  1. Hotelicopter – This elaborate ruse actually came out on Monday and seemed quite convincing as it came with images, its own website and video.  As the DEW Line revealed, the choice of the Soviet V-12 was an inspired choice, with only 2 prototypes ever built.




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2. Concorde to fly again – Our very own Flightblogger was caught out by this announcement, made by the director of the Paris Museum of Air and Space, that Concorde would fly again at this year’s Paris Air Show. In all honesty, you have to have sympathy with Flightblogger for wanting to believe that this great innovation could take to the skies again. Still…it doesn’t stop us laughing at him:

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3. Twitter introducing Twitlite for Travolution website – This one involves our sister publication Travolution and capitalises on the website of the moment Twitter. It unveils plans for the character limit of Twitter to be shortened to 24 characters rather than the current 140 character limit. Good try but we say:

‘Good Try Travolution!’ (24 characters)



4. Astronaut’s Head Upgraded During Spacewalk – During upgrades to the International Space Station, an Astronaut has upgraded her own head with the Human Extended Analog Device 9000, making spacewalks forty percent more efficient. I think the image makes this story…


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Credit: NASA

5. Air Force One flypast at Morgan Hill – Although currently in the UK, The Morgan Hill weather site (i know, it’s new to me too) has created an animation of Air Force One as it apparently conducted a low altitude pass a week ago, reportedly to check out the recent bush fires or to take a trip to Hawaii. All i can say is…’Holy doctored photograph Batman’:


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6. Flights to Mars only $99 with Expedia – Beating Virgin Galactic to it, Expedia is now offering you the chance to fly to Mars. According to Expedia you can:


Capitalize on the Red Planet’s longer days, touring the universe’s grandest of grand canyons, and experimenting with low-gravity sports





7. Virgin Atlantic announces daily service to Chile – This announcement doesn’t scream April Fools’ Day, but reading the press release gives you an inkling that something is not quite right:

New, additional services onboard the service will include: Spanish-speaking cabin crew and a dedicated South American menu with Chilli Con Carne and selection of Chilean wines. Premium Economy and Upper Class passengers will also receive an exclusive red hot amenity kit with after dinner mints to soothe after the spicy meal. In addition to the popular sleep suit, Upper Class passengers will receive a red fleece in case they get chilly on arrival.

And finally, for this April Fools’ Day, here are two from the Flight Stable:

1. PICTURES: 787 ‘Dreamdiner’ set to grace LA skies – This has stoked up plenty of interest today and yes we now admit it – it’s a fake. We had you going for a minute though didn’t we?

The story involved a consortium of Hollywood movie stars ordering  a single Boeing 787 which it plans to use as a flying restaurant.

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2. Next generation hologram technology to revolutionise IFE  -This can be found on Page six of day 2 on our Flight Daily News coverage from Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

NASA-based experts have developed what is described as an atomized restructuring display system which will transmit images as holograms that appear to be life sized when displayed against a new translucent headrest on the seat in front

Amazing, but unfortunately not true!





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6 Responses to UPDATE 2: Aviation April Fools’ Day pranks revealed (open thread edition)

  1. Stuart Clarke 30 November, -0001 at 12:00 am #

    Thanks for your kind words Christina, i do try!

  2. Esteban 2 April, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    The most believable is the Concorde hoax. Because it doesn’t say that the plane was going to be on scheduled service, only flying during an Air show.

    The Hotelicopter, The Expedia Mars Flights and the Hollywood 787 are just for amateurs.

    But I must say, hearing that some airlines charge for blankets, pillows and (maybe) soon the use of the WC, I don’t know what to believe now!

  3. Laura 7 April, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    I believed the Dreamdiner story and was actually getting quite excited as I thought it looked rather fun – until I got to the bit about the Oktoberfest-style A380 to be based in Munich…

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