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    Battle of the Titans — Help Us Pick The Best Big Jet

    We love all aircraft.  But we especially love the BIG ones.  We’ve posted a number of stories on the Boeing 747, Douglas DC-10, Lockheed C-5, Boeing C-17, and Antonov jets. But we’ve always wondered, “what big jet is our reader’s favorite?”  With your help, we’ll determine the favored jet. Help us determine avgeek’s favorite big […] More

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    VIDEO: Saudi Arabia Intercepts Ballistic Missile Headed Toward International Airport

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a missile aimed at Riyadh’s International Airport on Saturday.  Saudi defense forces intercepted the missiles.  The video below shows the launch of 4 interceptors followed by the explosion indicating a successful interception.  No injuries were reported.  There was no disruption to flights in and our of the capital airport. The missile […] More

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    Farewell Fokker 70. Fokker and KLM Conclude Relationship After 97 Years

    On October 29 2017, the remarkable 97 year history of KLM and Fokker came to an end. KLM retired the Fokker 70 type after 21 years of service. The last 4 Fokker 70s departed on a stormy, but beautiful sunny Sunday morning, from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Norwich Airport in England, where they will get […] More

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    Ramp Worker’s Funky Dance Moves Go Viral

    Working the ramp isn’t a particularly glamorous job. It involves a ton of physical exertion and you are at the mercy of the elements. As a ramp agent, the outside is your office. Heat, rain, snow, and sleet, are common. You are measured by your ability to ensure that the flights depart on-time. Passengers hardly […] More

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    Air Force Likely To Bring Back B-52 Nuclear Alerts

    The Air Force is likely to bring back 24-hour nuclear alerts for the B-52 soon. Continued threats by North Korea along with escalation in tensions with China and Russia are the primary reasons cited. In an interview with DefenseOne, Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen David Goldfein said, “This is yet one more step in […] More

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    Air Berlin Ceases Longhaul Flying With Wing Wave, Low Tower Flyby, and Water Cannon Salute

    Air Berlin long-haul pilots were determined to commemorate the last long-haul flights for the beleaguered airline.  In a series of questionable sendoffs, Air Berlin pilots commenced a wing-wave departure from Düsseldorf and another flight buzzed the tower upon return. It was an odd sendoff for an airline bankruptcy that is anything but normal. In this […] More

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    1980s Flight on an Eastern 727: A Window Seat To A Different Era

    Aviation sure has changed.  Back in the 1980s, airports were filled with DC-10s, 727s, DC-9s, and a number of L-1011s sprinkled in for good measure.  Airline seats were roomy and cabins were filled with smoke.  Passengers complained about bad airline food but those that flew would get three square meals, not just peanuts. It was […] More

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    United Kicks Off 747 Farewell Tour With Beautiful Tribute Video

    United Airlines is in the midst of a farewell tour of sorts for its Boeing 747-400 fleet.  As we have previously reported, United is retiring its ‘Queen of the Skies’ and replacing it with a combination of Boeing 777-300ERs and the forthcoming A350XWBs at the end of the decade.  While the 747 is a majestic […] More

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    My First Bomb Run in Vietnam

    When asked if I killed anyone during the Vietnam War, I have to answer that I don’t know. I may have, and probably did, since my B-52 bomber crew dropped many thousand pounds of bombs on the Cambodian jungle, but I will never actually know. I only flew two live bombing runs in August 1973, […] More

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    Southwest Airlines Announces Hawaii, Service To Begin in 2018

    Southwest Airlines announced service to Hawaii this evening at their company ‘Spirit Party’. Service will begin in 2018. The airline  also announced its intention to launch an application process for Federal Aviation Administration authorization for Extended Operations (ETOPS). Service details will be announced at a later date. The ‘Spirit Party’ is a company-wide celebration of what […] More

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