Archive | February, 2009


First Boeing 777 Freighter set for Thursday delivery, Friday fly away

Air France Cargo is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter 19 February in a ceremony the company’s Everett facility. The aircraft, which is the third 777F assembled, is registered F-GUOC and is set to depart Everett, Washington on 20 February for Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. The first two 777F […]

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What I did on my summer vacation…

Well, as you may have noticed, I was not around last week. It was time for a long overdue vacation. My trip took me to beautiful St. Maarten for five days last week and it was just what the doctor ordered. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but it was my first vacation since September […]

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Air France’s first A380 takes to the sky!

Not exactly breaking news as it happened on the 12th of February, but MSN033, Air France’s first A380 made its maiden flight after about 13 months in final assembly in Toulouse. The aircraft was ferried on February 16 to Hamburg (photo below) for painting and cabin outfitting. Air France (which recently unveiled its new logo) […]

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Movie Monday – February 16 – NASA & Understanding Tailplane Icing

Last week’s crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 brought the reality of aircraft icing back to the forefront of the aviation safety discussion. The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was on approach to Buffalo Thursday night in wintry conditions when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of control leading to a crash about five miles away […]

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Flying with the President of the United States

Several people sent me emails recently asking if I could find the 11 minute CNN interview of USAF Col. Mark Tillman. Col. Tillman served as President Bush’s Air Force One pilot for eight years from 2001 to 2009. In case you were wondering, Col. Scott Turner now serves as President Obama’s Air Force One pilot. […]

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60 Minutes: Saving Flight 1549

On Sunday evening, the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 sat down with Katie Couric from CBS News to discuss the extraordinary events of January 15, 2009. There’s not much I can add to this amazing story, so I’ll let Captain CB Sullenberger, First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Flight Attendants Shelia Dail, Donna Dent and […]

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In honor of Her Majesty, the Queen of the Skies, Part Two

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 747′s first flight, I offer a second documentary produced in 2002 that explores the evolution of the 747 into the -400  and the production improvements that have marked the 747′s tenure in Everett.  For a full exploration of the 747-400′s internal systems, take a look at a […]

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In honor of Her Majesty, the Queen of the Skies, Part One

On February 9, 1969 at 11:00am PT, RA001 – The Spirit of Everett, changed the way the world travels with the first flight of the Boeing 747. The original -100 model, registered N7470, lifted off to the north from Runway 34L at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. Forty years later, that first 747, first flown by […]

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February 9 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

FlightBlogger is on VacationShocking, I know! It occurred to me recently that I had not taken a vacation since, well, let’s just say that it was before 2008. So, I was quite overdue for some time off. Upon instruction from every single person in my life, I have let my laptop at home and my […]

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Sources: Hawker Beechcraft cancels 450XP program

Hawker Beechcraft has canceled the Hawker 450XP program, sources close to the program tell FlightBlogger. Poor economic conditions appear to be at the root of the cancellation. “The [Hawker 400XP/450XP] line rates are taking a huge beating due to deferrals and cancellations,” said one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “As far as […]

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