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by fanofjets
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world on Turboprops
Replies: 11
Views: 1175

Re: Around the world on Turboprops

Pity those splendid old Convair CV580s or Nolinor no longer carry passengers. That would have been quite a thrilling ride on a 1950s airliner with (very loud) 1960s turboprop engines.

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by fanofjets
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?
Replies: 7
Views: 3172

Re: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?

A perspective from this superannuated plane spotter: the distinct sound of the Rolls Royce Dart is still very much in my mind. Living along the flight path to Schiphol as a 10-year-old, I saw many interesting planes from my 14th-floor apartment, including the (then) brand-new KLM and Pan Am Boeing 7...

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Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is "a Flight" ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: What is "a Flight" ?

A little off topic, perhaps, but I thought this would be of interest: I'm old enough to remember taking a trip aboard an SN.R4 hovercraft, from Dover to Calais. The attendant aboard this air-cushion ferry referred to the trip as a "flight." Beyond the Rolls Royce Proteus engines, the word ...

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by fanofjets
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 12058

Re: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept

Okay... When I first saw the term "biomimicry," I'll admit I had images of the onithopters of yore - the few that were able to get off the ground would "plummet with style." However, I am very intrigued by the propulsion. What kind of hybrid power plants would they be? I would li...

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by fanofjets
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)
Replies: 39
Views: 7222

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)

Absolutely love this article and the one that follows it. Thank you for your very detailed article and description of this iconic airplane and airline. This is museum-quality!

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by fanofjets
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)
Replies: 41
Views: 6565

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)

What a super article! Thank you for this detailed walk-through. I still recall how huge the Boeing 747 cabin seemed, in comparison to the 707s and DC-8s I had flown on. That was back in 1971, N743PA, Clipper Derby (later, Clipper Black Sea), when she still had that "new airplane" smell. As...

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by fanofjets
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline diversions because of POTUS [and others?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1654

Re: Airline diversions because of POTUS [and others?]

On a related note, there's general aviation. In northern New Jersey, where I live, every time the prez visits his golf course in Bedminster, all the local airports (within a 75-mile radius) are shut down. An acquaintance of mine who owns a flight school is saying that these actions are hurting small...

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by fanofjets
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 35642

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

It's a modern, sleek livery, very up to date... just in time for the 1980s.

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by fanofjets
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on New Dutch DC-4 Skymaster
Replies: 0
Views: 708

Update on New Dutch DC-4 Skymaster

KLM just updated its blog with a progress report on the Douglas DC-4 being restored to airworthy condition. What a treat it will be to see this beautiful airplane gracing the skies once again! https://blog.klm.com/6-red-letter-days-for-our-grand-old-lady/ Great news, indeed, for us superannuated pro...

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by fanofjets
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 39592

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

ikolkyo wrote:
I’m scared to imagine how an similarly configured A321 would look like.


An even scarier thought would be similarly configured A380....

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by fanofjets
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 51313

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

To many others before me, I add my condolences to those aboard, and their loved ones.

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by fanofjets
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 212007

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

My major hope is that LH keeps the retro livery on Yankee Tango. Seeing the last of the 747 variants wearing the same scheme as the very first Jumbos in 1970 makes this retro livery stand out from all others as something special to those of us who have lived through the history of this iconic aircra...

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by fanofjets
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia Cargo B744F overran runway at MST
Replies: 23
Views: 8617

Re: Saudia Cargo B744F overran runway at MST

Translation from the Dutch: This happened just before midnight. It concerns a Saudi Cargo Boeing 747. The aircraft was to depart for the Saudi city of Jeddah but, for an unknown reason, ended up in the grass during take-off. Nobody was hurt. Emergency services responded, but there was no danger in t...

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by fanofjets
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Historic photo - last PAX Boeing 747
Replies: 13
Views: 5660

Historic photo - last PAX Boeing 747

In the Explore section of Flickr, I came across a beautiful photo of a Boeing 747-8: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/35607077165/ I checked the temporary registration on rzjets.net; according to that site, this aircraft - to be delivered to Korean Air as HL7644 - is the very last PAX Boei...

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by fanofjets
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are the 757/767 so popular?
Replies: 71
Views: 12242

Re: Why are the 757/767 so popular?

I still love both aircraft and have had excellent experience aboard each one. I am very partial to the Boeing 767. It's hardly the sleekest or fastest bird out there. But it's a reliable workhorse (like my Toyota). This aircraft has also enjoyed an exceptionally long production life. It doesn't matt...

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by fanofjets
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow watch this 757 use reverse thrust to back up
Replies: 53
Views: 20536

Re: Wow watch this 757 use reverse thrust to back up

I remember being aboard a Continental 727 during one of these maneuvers in the late 1980s. At that time, USAir did the same with its three-holers. The Boeing 727 has the advantage of the number 2 engine being right at the centerline. I saw an Air Force C-17 do this at an Open House; those young pilo...

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by fanofjets
Sun May 28, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 138
Views: 11991

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

And so continues the fine U.S. tradition of the race to the bottom....

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by fanofjets
Sun May 21, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Lucia Former Vigie Airport (SLU-Castries)
Replies: 24
Views: 3080

Re: St. Lucia Former Vigie Airport (SLU-Castries)

It's a very picturesque little airport on a beautiful island. When I was there, I saw mostly Cessna Caravans from parcel-delivery companies. At that time, also present were three derelict airframes: Piper Seneca II (N38967) Cessna 421B Golden Eagle (N511LC) Cessna 402B (N402SZ) I wonder whether they...

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by fanofjets
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am / TWA aircraft still flying
Replies: 14
Views: 8340

Re: Pan Am / TWA aircraft still flying

The iconic TWA Wings of Pride MD-83 has been reclaimed and repainted in her beautiful red livery by the Tristar Experience of Kansas City. There has been some talk of this airplane making some special flights.

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by fanofjets
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Near Water Impact in Sint Maarten
Replies: 122
Views: 42261

Re: Westjet Near Water Impact in Sint Maarten

Was there wind shear? Is it possible that wind shear could have pushed the aircraft that low and that the pilots are trying to pull up? In other words, I am wondering whether the incident depicts an incident caused by weather conditions rather than pilot error. As far as judging the altitude of the ...

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by fanofjets
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Looking for 1:200-Scale Model of Delta 747-400 N661US
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Re: Looking for 1:200-Scale Model of Delta 747-400 N661US

Thank you, jetjack74. I'll give it a try.

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by fanofjets
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Looking for 1:200-Scale Model of Delta 747-400 N661US
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Looking for 1:200-Scale Model of Delta 747-400 N661US

With the first Boeing 747-400, N661US, going on display at the Delta Heritage Museum, I would love to have a 1:200-scale model of that aircraft. (I already have the 1:500-scale Herpa version of N661US and like it very much.) I noticed an example on eBay, by Skymarks, item SKR508: http://www.ebay.com...

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by fanofjets
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest commercial airliner in service?
Replies: 46
Views: 18153

Re: Oldest commercial airliner in service?

Excellent thread! This topic, along with preserved aircraft, is one of great interest to me. I'd like to make an honorable mention to a turboprop: Lockheed Electra msn 1039. She was delivered to Ansett Australia, as VH-RMA in February 1959, the first of its type in Aussie skies. After multiple US ow...

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by fanofjets
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian military plane "Disappears from Radar"
Replies: 131
Views: 24139

Re: Russian military plane "Disappears from Radar"

My thoughts are with the families and the victims, as well as all of Russia, including the personnel stationed in Syria anticipating the performance. I am staying away from politics - this is a human tragedy.

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by fanofjets
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 126969

Re: BREAKING: Plane missing in Colombia

My condolences to all the crash victims and their families. A very tragic event, indeed.

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by fanofjets
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3
Replies: 5
Views: 2487

Re: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3

As for T.17-4, there is good news. It's slated to be preserved at the excellent Museo del Aire, Cuatro Vientos. http://fly-news.es/aviones/adios-al-boe ... -del-aire/ says "Hoy en día los T.17-1 y TM.17-4 permanecen en la base aérea de Getafe, con algunos elementos ya desmontados a la espera de...

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by fanofjets
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3
Replies: 5
Views: 2487

Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3

Does anyone know of the future plans for ex-Saudia, Spanish Air Force Boeing 707-368C upon her retirement this year? Will she be preserved, perhaps at the excellent Museo del Aire, Cuatro Vientos? (Moderators: Please note that I am posting this question under civil aviation, as this aircraft started...

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by fanofjets
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 7298

Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

As Virgin Flyer said, quoting the Roman poet Catullus, "Vale atque ave," Hail and farewell. This superannuated airplane nerd remembers admiring his creation as a wide-eyed 10-year-old. I was living in Amsterdam at the time, in an apartment along the approach path to Schiphol. I remember th...

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by fanofjets
Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scotty Wilson Killed When His Bugatti 100P Replica Crashes
Replies: 1
Views: 1210

Scotty Wilson Killed When His Bugatti 100P Replica Crashes

Sad news today: Scotty Wilson, who built a flying replica of "the most significant aircraft that was never built," built the very first flying replica, which first flew last year. On his third flight Saturday morning, the aircraft veered to the right before plunging into the ground. The ca...

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by fanofjets
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is There An Airline That You Would Never Fly?
Replies: 151
Views: 13365

Re: Is There An Airline That You Would Never Fly?

I agree with earlier respondents about Qatar. Yes, they fly the latest Airbus and Boeing aircraft and have a good safety record. But they have a terrible reputation for how they treat their staff. http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/the-tru ... r-airways/ Or enter "qatar airways treatment of staff&...

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Mon May 30, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How Many B-29s Looked Like This?
Replies: 6
Views: 4875

RE: How Many B-29s Looked Like This?

The shape of the nacelles remind me of two examples of the Chinese re-engining the Tupolev Tu-4 (Soviet B-29 copy) with sleek turboprop engines: <br/><table align="center" border="0" width="500"><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/181552...

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Mon May 30, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planned Routes That Never Came To Fruition
Replies: 125
Views: 17909

RE: Planned Routes That Never Came To Fruition

I'm surprised nobody mentioned TWA, Earth to Moon, via the Moonliner. Then, again, the futuristic spaceship not only never left the ground, it never left the drawing board, though an inspiring replica graced Disneyland's Tomorrowland from 1955 to 1966. A newer replica can be admired at the Aviation ...

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Sat May 28, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: For Sale: One Jumbo Jet, Slightly Used, $300k
Replies: 12
Views: 15799

RE: For Sale: One Jumbo Jet, Slightly Used, $300k

Such a beautiful aircraft! The ad states that the winning bidder can purchase select pieces of the aircraft. Sad to say, that's probably how she'll leave her parking spot. Here's a brief eulogy to the old girl: <a href="http://1400reviews.com/2015/09/27/over-and-out-for-g-vfab-and-little-red/" targe...

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Mon May 16, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: CAF PBJ-1J Flies Again After 23 Year Restoration
Replies: 4
Views: 3627

CAF PBJ-1J Flies Again After 23 Year Restoration

From the Commemorative Air Force So. Cal. Wing: "One day before the 23rd anniversary of our beloved B25-PBJ-1J coming to CAFSoCal on May 16th, 1993, the big bird graced the skies of Ventura county once again. Thanks to the efforts of the entire PBJ restoration crew over the years and the tireless gr...

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Sat May 14, 2016 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines And "Buyers Remorse"?
Replies: 185
Views: 25881

RE: Airlines And "Buyers Remorse"?

SQ and the A340-500 comes to mind. The nonstop flight <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (Metropolitan) (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>-<acronym title="Singapore - Changi (SIN / WSSS), Singapore">SIN</acronym> was to be the wave of the future. <br/><center><font color="#EEE...

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Sat May 07, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: America West 747's
Replies: 36
Views: 12180

RE: America West 747's

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/SpaceshipDC10" class="quote" target="_blank">SpaceshipDC10</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i>Here's something for the eyes an...

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by fanofjets
Wed May 04, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Recent Aviation Novels
Replies: 11
Views: 6097

RE: Recent Aviation Novels

In my mind, the best writer on all things aviation was Antoine de Saint Exupery. He truly captures the magic of aviation when it was in its infancy. However, even those of us who have flown on the most modern of planes will still appreciate his observations. That's why were A-nutters.

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Wed May 04, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Idea For Aviation Hobby Store
Replies: 5
Views: 4627

RE: Idea For Aviation Hobby Store

An excellent source for business advice is an organization named SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives). Experts in many areas of business volunteer their time to help entrepreneurs. Here's the main website: <a href="http://www.score.org/" target="_blank">http://www.score.org/</a> They have cha...

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by fanofjets
Wed May 04, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: The Ultimate 777 Model...UNREAL
Replies: 7
Views: 4478

RE: The Ultimate 777 Model...UNREAL

Luca's YouTube channel has astounding videos of his creations in action:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lucaiaconistewart

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by fanofjets
Wed May 04, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A B747 Two Holer?
Replies: 37
Views: 13822

RE: A B747 Two Holer?

How about a four-engine Boeing 757?

  

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by fanofjets
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten Year Old A346 To Be Scrapped
Replies: 37
Views: 23963

RE: Ten Year Old A346 To Be Scrapped

Sad to see this aircraft go. She brought my elder daughter back to the US from a wonderful semester abroad in the UK. I wish she could fly for another carrier if <acronym title="Virgin Atlantic Airways (United Kingdom)">VS</acronym> doesn't need her anymore.  <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners....

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Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-8 Banking 90 Degrees
Replies: 51
Views: 17902

RE: DC-8 Banking 90 Degrees

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/UA444" class="quote" target="_blank">UA444</a> (<a href="#19" class="quote">Reply 19</a>):<br/><i>Yes I consider the 720 a 707, mostly because i...

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Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Double Decker Aircraft With A Single Deck Tube?
Replies: 7
Views: 6809

RE: Double Decker Aircraft With A Single Deck Tube?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/jolau1701" class="quote" target="_blank">jolau1701</a> (<a href="#6" class="quote">Reply 6</a>):<br/><i>Was there any airline that used the L-10...

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Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Is The First A380 F-WWOW?
Replies: 26
Views: 20074

RE: Where Is The First A380 F-WWOW?

Many prototype aircraft aren't built to airline standards. The prototype Dassault Mercure had a short life as an engineering testbed. <br/><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/photo/Avions-Marcel-Dassault/Dassault-Mercure-100/2289619/L/" target="_blank">Vi...

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by fanofjets
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bring Back The Old BA Livery
Replies: 102
Views: 20563

RE: Bring Back The Old BA Livery

A variant of the Landor scheme, using the red line without the navy blue looked especially classy on Concorde. <br/><table align="center" border="0" width="500"><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/2683571/L/" target="_blank">View Large</...

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Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does A Christian Airline Exist?
Replies: 130
Views: 18624

Does A Christian Airline Exist?

It was tried twice: The Lord's Airline, using an ex-IB DC-8. All the IFE was to have been Christian. <br/><table align="center" border="0" width="500"><tr><td><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/0493752/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href...

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by fanofjets
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Eric Brown Record Breaking Pilot Dies At 97
Replies: 8
Views: 6804

RE: Eric Brown Record Breaking Pilot Dies At 97

I just read his obituary in the New York Times. GR1 summed it up very nicely.

http://nyti.ms/1LE7u1l

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by fanofjets
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 73 Hijack In Karachi
Replies: 59
Views: 20190

RE: Pan Am 73 Hijack In Karachi

The effort that went into making the set of <i>Neerja</i> was phenomenal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PTg3WQmlWY Granted, I could find a few rivets off. And yes, the mock-up should have had the three-window upper deck. Quibbles aside, the production and acting appear to be of the very highest s...

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by fanofjets
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Restoration, Great Photos Of Preproduction Concorde
Replies: 1
Views: 1265

Restoration, Great Photos Of Preproduction Concorde

This article on the restoration of prototype Concorde F-WTSA, accompanied by splendid cabin and flight deck photos, appeared in today's <i>Daily Mail online</i>. Spoiler alert: the Queen Mum indeed visited the flight deck! <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3442089/Supersonic-queen-ski...

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