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    This Crazy Looking Engine was Ultra Efficient But Was Never Adopted. What Happened?

    The UnDucted Fan developed by General Electric should have been more than a great trivia question. (Welcome to Avgeekery Jeopardy.) “Alex, I’ll take Dismissed Aircraft Technology for one hundred.” Answer: “This fuel-efficient engine type was developed for the proposed Boeing 7J7.” “What is the UnDucted Fan?” Correct. In 1985 at the Paris Airshow Boeing was […]

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    A-12 Avenger II – Son Of The Flying Wing

    Week Of Unusual Planes, Continued: The A-12 Avenger II never got off the drawing board but its ancestor was definitely the Flying Wing. Avgeekery.com continues this week’s theme of “Unusual Planes” with a look at the A-12 Avenger II. There are obvious similarities with Monday’s Flying Wing as the A-12 was a modern-day replica. The […]

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    Failure To Launch: The Legacy of the McDonnell Douglas MD-12 Program

    Was the proposed MD-12 Jumbo way ahead of its time or just a ‘Hail Mary’ attempt to keep airlines interested in an ailing company? Avgeekery explores the ‘why’ behind the failed MD-12 program. McDonnell Douglas surprised the world in 1992 by unveiling a full double decker airliner program. Although certainly not as majestic as the […]

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    You Will Probably Never Fly on a MD-11 Ever Again

      “You’re never, ever, ever going to fly on a MD-11 again.” Avgeeks can cue the Taylor Swift song because there’s a good chance that you’ll “never, ever, ever” going to fly on a beloved three-engined airliner again.  The last commercial operator of the MD-11 aircraft retired their passenger fleet on Oct 25th.  This retirement […]