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    Stratolaunch Announces a New Fleet of Launch Vehicles

    The world’s largest airplane, the Scaled Composites Model 351 Stratoalunch, is in the news again. The ginormous aircraft hasn’t really changed or done anything especially noteworthy since its successful low-speed taxi tests back in December of 2017. But Stratolaunch is now saying they hope to fly the aircraft for the first time “this fall.” Stratolaunch […] More

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    JAL Flight 123: When a Seven Year Old Shoddy Repair Job Brought Down a 747

    On Monday, 12 August 1985 at 1812 local time, Japan Airlines Boeing 747SR-46 jetliner serial number 20783/230 registered as JA8119 and operating as JAL Flight 123 or JAL 123, departed runway 15L at Tokyo Haneda Airport bound for Osaka International Airport with 524 souls on board- 3 flight crew, 12 flight attendants, and 509 passengers. […] More

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    Delta 191: When Weather Brought Down a Jumbo Jet

    On 2 August 1985, a Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-385-1 Tristar registered N726DA and operating as Delta Flight 191, was approaching Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport runway 17L. The flight had originated at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL) near Miami in Florida and was ultimately bound for Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) in California. Delivered to […] More

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    BREAKING: Aeromexico ERJ-190 Jetliner Crash in Durango, Mexico

    On Tuesday 31 July at approximately 1600 local time, an Aeromexico Airlines Embraer ERJ-190AR jetliner, XA-GAL (SN 190-173) and flying as flight AM2431, crashed while taking off from runway 03 at General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in the northwest Mexican state of Durango. The flight was bound for Mexico City, roughly 550 miles southeast of […] More

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    BelugaXL: The Latest Airbus Whale Takes Off In Style

    On July 19th 2018 the Airbus A330-700XL F-WBXL took to the skies for the first time. The aircraft, more commonly referred to as the BelugaXL, took off from Toulouse-Blagnac in France at 1030 local time. The flight crew was Captain Christophe Cail, Co-Pilot Bernardo Saez-Benito Hernandez, and Test-Flight Engineer Jean Michel Pin. Additional flight test engineers […] More

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    Lockheed Martin Demo Pilot Says Hold My Beer, Then Loops Herc at Farnborough

    Plenty of interesting and exciting things happen every year at Farnborough. Even though there are plenty of impressive military aircraft flying displays and thrilling display team performances, everyone is talking about the demonstration flight of the latest model of an airlifter that has been in production for 64 years- Lockheed’s LM-100J Super Hercules. Soon-to-retire Lockheed […] More

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    747 Global Super Tanker: When Less Than 115 Tons of Retardant Won’t Do

    The development effort around the very large aerial tanker (VLAT) 747 Global Super Tanker (GST) began in 200 after two aerial firefighting tankers were lost a month apart. The Lockheed C-130A Hercules airlifter (tanker #130- registered as N130HP) experienced a catastrophic failure of the wing center section which caused the aircraft to roll inverted and […] More

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    Airliner News: Airbus Unveils Their New A220 Series Airliners

    On Tuesday July 10th 2018 Airbus debuted their Airbus A220-100 and A220-300, formerly known as the Bombardier C series CS100 and CS300 respectively, at a ceremony held at the company’s Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse in France. Today both of the jets are being built at the Bombardier-Airbus facility in Quebec, Canada. These aren’t really […] More

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