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by fanofjets
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 140
Views: 30027

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/opin ... lator.html
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From a New York Times editorial writer: "I Tried Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. The Earth Never Seemed So Real."
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/opin ... lator.html

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Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Hobby question
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Hobby question

For lovers of Pan American World Airways, Target has the Pan Am game. https://www.target.com/p/funko-pan-am-board-game/-/A-79396299 The only branded airline merchandise I have seen not on airline websites is for Emirates and Etihad. These carriers evoke the elegance of a high-end brand. Their logos ...

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Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Do you think NG Models should do an Equatorial Congo Airlines 757?
Replies: 3
Views: 938

Re: Do you think NG Models should do an Equatorial Congo Airlines 757?

That's a beautiful livery! It looks great on the Boeing 757, even nicer than on the 767. Indeed, the Phoenix release is very hard to find. (GS Models produced an EC Boeing 737-300.) Personally, I would love to see more African airlines. Each nation on the continent has a fascinating history and cult...

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Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR New Terminal One
Replies: 155
Views: 21996

Re: EWR New Terminal One

If that is in fact the plan then C will come down too. Although Terminal C is the newest of the three, in my mind it's the worst. There is no architectural entrance to terminal, only small doors to the parking deck, none of which are visible until you are practically in front of them. The layout in...

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Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Buying and reselling for profit
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: Buying and reselling for profit

If you are selling an item, you can get an idea of what similar pieces have sold for by using the "Advanced" feature of the eBay search engine. Then, click on the box for "Completed listings," which will also include those that have not sold. Selling on eBay is very unpredictable...

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Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: 1:400 El Al Boeing 787 Retro Livery - Which One to Get
Replies: 4
Views: 1252

Re: 1:400 El Al Boeing 787 Retro Livery - Which One to Get

Thank you, Tango-Bravo! I saw that Sprue Brothers has the model - I think I'll buy this one.

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Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: 1:400 El Al Boeing 787 Retro Livery - Which One to Get
Replies: 4
Views: 1252

1:400 El Al Boeing 787 Retro Livery - Which One to Get

I'm very interested in purchasing a 1:400-scale model of the Boeing 787 in the El Al retro (70th Anniversary) livery. I see the model is produced by NG Models and Gemini Jets. Which one is more accurate? In photos of the Gemini Jets example, the livery looks a bit too light. I was wondering if that ...

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15439

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

Thank you, VirginFlyer for your very interesting history. I love this old airplane, one of the most beautiful airliners. I have very fuzzy memories of flying aboard one or two of these as a very young child - I believe an Air France and an Alitalia example. Several years ago, when I was visiting Col...

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Mon May 18, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 18391

Re: First SkyCourier Wings Mated

It's noteworthy that this aircraft continues the Cessna tradition of wing braces. Anyway, a versatile aircraft such as this should do well.

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Mon May 18, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Looking for aircraft parts!
Replies: 8
Views: 2364

Re: Looking for aircraft parts!

Tokens & Icons sells items from the fuselage of Boeing 321B N880PA, the aircraft that in 1983 re-created Pan American's first New York-to-Paris jet flight. https://tokens-icons.com/products/pan-american-fuselage-desk-art There are some interesting pieces on eBay - search for "fuselage art.&...

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Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations
Replies: 101
Views: 8710

Re: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations

Air France and the CV990 and DC-8-61



Air-India titles briefly appeared on several DC-8s and, yes, an Il-62


Nigeria Airways VC-10

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Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 94
Views: 8514

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Before COVID-19, Passengers in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, PA, area flying various domestic routes had a strange choice: United actually had a bus between ABE and EWR. Not an A320, but a motor coach! That's about a two-hour trip without leaving. They were not the first airline to do this, howeve...

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Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: old planes still flying
Replies: 31
Views: 5935

Re: old planes still flying

For flying old airplanes, Everts Air Cargo is king. Among the airline's DC-6 fleet are several civil examples (the rest being C-118As), including at least one -B version. Of course, the airline also flies some "brand-new" DC-9-30s.




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Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?
Replies: 12
Views: 12814

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

To me, the most distinctive turboprop was the Rolls Royce Dart series (e.g., Fokker F-27, Vickers Viscount). They had a sound all their own.

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Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo Essay - Children Play on Abandoned Planes in Congo
Replies: 0
Views: 1216

Photo Essay - Children Play on Abandoned Planes in Congo

I came across this remarkable Telegraph photo essay about children in Goma, Congo, playing on abandoned jetliners. It's a bleak landscape, in which airplanes may provide respite, however fleeting. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/congo/11374135/Congo-where-aircraft-gra...

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Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle ERJ 145 Slides Off Icy Runway
Replies: 65
Views: 10773

American Eagle ERJ 145 Slides Off Icy Runway

An ABC News reporter was aboard an American Eagle flight that slid off the runway at ORD this morning. Fortunately, there no injuries among the passengers. She captured some moments on video.

https://twitter.com/AndreaABC11

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Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world on Turboprops
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

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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Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?
Replies: 12
Views: 12814

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: 1949

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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Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 14399

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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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: 8405

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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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: 8228

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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Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline diversions because of POTUS [and others?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1753

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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Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 36797

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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Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on New Dutch DC-4 Skymaster
Replies: 0
Views: 786

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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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: 40455

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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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: 52204

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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Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 216693

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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Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia Cargo B744F overran runway at MST
Replies: 23
Views: 8769

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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Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Historic photo - last PAX Boeing 747
Replies: 13
Views: 5745

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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Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are the 757/767 so popular?
Replies: 71
Views: 12499

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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Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow watch this 757 use reverse thrust to back up
Replies: 53
Views: 21122

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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Sun May 28, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 138
Views: 12290

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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Sun May 21, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Lucia Former Vigie Airport (SLU-Castries)
Replies: 24
Views: 3588

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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Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am / TWA aircraft still flying
Replies: 14
Views: 8775

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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Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Near Water Impact in Sint Maarten
Replies: 122
Views: 42620

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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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: 1593

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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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: 1593

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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Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest commercial airliner in service?
Replies: 46
Views: 18450

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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Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian military plane "Disappears from Radar"
Replies: 131
Views: 24556

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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Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 128771

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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Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3
Replies: 5
Views: 2570

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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Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3
Replies: 5
Views: 2570

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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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 7521

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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Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scotty Wilson Killed When His Bugatti 100P Replica Crashes
Replies: 1
Views: 1231

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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Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is There An Airline That You Would Never Fly?
Replies: 151
Views: 13782

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: 4980

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: 18214

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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