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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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    UAL Flight 232: An Impossible Failure and an Improbable Outcome

    On July 19th 1989, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 serial number 46618/118 registered as N1819U and flying as United Airlines (UA) flight 232, departed Denver’s Stapleton airport at 1409 bound for Chicago O’Hare airport and continuing on to Philadelphia. One hour and seven minutes into the flight at flight level 370 (37,000 feet), while in a shallow […] 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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    Southwest Airlines to Remove Peanuts From Inflight Offerings

    The news that Southwest Airlines is removing peanuts from their inflight snack offerings beginning August 1st 2018 has been greeted with some degree of nostalgic wistfulness, but the iconic (at least for Southwest) snack, once associated with one of the airline’s first and most ubiquitous marketing campaigns, can be and has been a hazard for […] More

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    Remembering The Life of Steve Bezman – YouTube’s ‘Grandpa Spotter’ left this World to Fly High

    Earlier this year the aviation and spotting community on YouTube lost a very special person. His name was Steve Bezman also known as 99carnot. Steve was an aviation lover, planespotter and passionate Youtuber from Alexandria, Virginia, located along the western bank of the Potomac River, just south of downtown Washington, D.C. SInce 2012, he posted […] More

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    When The Pope Married A Couple Onboard an Airbus A320

    In aviation the ordinary always has the potential to become extraordinary. That is precisely what happened in the cabin of a A320 on Jan 18, 2018, when Pope Francis became the first Pope to celebrate a wedding in mid-air. Shepherd One LATAM operates the Boeing B-787, B-777 and the Airbus A350, A320 aircraft. They have […] More

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    Why Did The Concorde Lower Its Nose On Approaches?

    The history of the Concorde began in 1962 when the British and French governments agreed to develop an SST (supersonic transport aircraft). The conceptualization and manufacturing of the plane was done through a joint effort between Aerospatiale and British Aerospace. The Concorde took its first flight in 1969 and only 20 Concordes were ever made. […] More

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