Posts for category ‘Aviation’

KC-X Tanker Smackdown: The Drama Thickens
Steve | November 20, 2010 | 5:40 am

Air Force misaddresses letters to Boeing and EADS in a Shakespearean Comedy of Errors

Boeing KC-767 Tanker

In the latest drama in the Boeing vs. EADS $35 billion-dollar tanker contest, the U.S. Air Force admitted on Friday that it inadvertently sent the wrong letters to rival planemakers, delivering its technical assessment of Boeing’s bid to EADS, and vice versa. This comedy of errors is not unlike Shakespeare’s tale of Love’s Labour’s Lost, where a comedic character couriers two love letters, from two different men. Shakespeare’s plot undoubtedly gets mixed up when a love letter intended for a country girl is delivered to the Princess of France, and a love letter intended for a Read more »

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Airplane pillow fight en route between Pheonix and Everett is a YouTube sensation
denisegl | November 11, 2010 | 11:45 am

There was a time, in the now-distant past, when airplane travel was glamorous. Now, as this airplane pillow fight video shows, air travel ranks near a school bus trip. Youtube user Imatlin posted this airplane pillow fight video, saying it occurred on CO 1905 en route between Phoenix, AZ and Everett, WA.

The airplane pillow fight is not just an example of passengers having some fun in confined quarters– indeed, the airplane pillow fight reflects the plight of everyone who flies in coach: a healthy disdain for those who travel first class.

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Official Word from Boeing on Dreamliner 787
denisegl | November 10, 2010 | 4:13 pm

During approach to Laredo,Texas, yesterday, airplane ZA002 lost primary electrical power as a result of an onboard electrical fire. Backup systems, including the deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a safe landing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Boeing.  The pilots executed a safe landing and at all times had positive control of the airplane and all of the information necessary to perform that safe landing. Initial inspection appears to indicate that a power control panel in the aft electronics bay will need to be replaced on ZA002. We are inspecting the power panel and surrounding area near that panel to determine if other repairs will be necessary. Read more »

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FHC to host special forum for Veteran’s Day
denisegl | November 9, 2010 | 2:46 pm

"The Thud" F-150

Vietnam era combat pilots will reunite on the Saturday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Flying Heritage Collection to host a panel in which they will share their stories with the community and honor the men and women who have risked their lives for our country. This special Veterans Day event at the Flying Heritage Collection will feature pilots who flew with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, braving enemy MiGs and deadly anti-aircraft fire as well as surface-to-air missiles during bombing missions over North Vietnam.  During the Vietnam War these pilots flew F-105 Thunderchiefs. Nicknamed the “Thud,” the F-105 Thunderchief was the Air Force’s all-time biggest single-engine fighter. Designed and built to deliver nuclearweapons, the planes were also responsible for carrying conventional bombs over Vietnam. All veterans are welcomed at FHC for free on November 13, 2010. For more information see the Flying Heritage Collection website.

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Bill Clinton campaigns for Sen. Murray at Paine Field
denisegl | October 18, 2010 | 11:05 am

A rally of support for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is on it’s way to begin today at The Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field Airport 3407 109th St. SW. Former President Bill Clinton will be present to campaign for her. Doors open at 1pm. Event begins at 2pm. The event is free and open to the public. This is the beginning of a week of big-name appearances for the Democratic senator challenged by Republican Dino Rossi.Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for Murray Tuesday in Vancouver. President Obama returns to Washington to campaign for Murray Thursday in Seattle. He also made a campaign visit for her in August. And next Monday First Lady Michelle Obama plans to campaign for Murray.

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Boeing Assembles First 747-8 Intercontinental Forward Fuselage
denisegl | September 15, 2010 | 8:14 am

Boeing (NYSE: BA) achieved another significant milestone for the first 747-8 Intercontinental Sunday night with the assembly of the airplane’s forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch (27.2 meters) fuselage section, featuring the airplane’s signature upper deck, was moved from the assembly tool for sealing and testing before beginning systems installation. The 747-8 features a stretched fuselage compared to that of the 747-400. It is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than its predecessor. Much of the stretch — 13 feet, 4 inches (4.1 meters) — is located in the forward fuselage. The remaining additional 5 feet (1.5 meters) are located aft of the wing. The 747-8’s stretched fuselage provides for 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration and 26 percent more cargo volume. The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is the new, high-capacity 747 that offers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance.

By the way, have you seen this? You’ll love it.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut
Steve | July 18, 2010 | 9:48 am

787 Dreamliner (ZA003) touches down in the UK

The Everett-built Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut landing at the Farnborough Airport at 9:09 a.m. (local time) today in support of the Farnborough International Airshow that begins Monday. This is the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane came via nonstop flight to Farnborough, U.K., from Seattle.

“It’s an honor to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow,” said Scott Fancher, vice president Read more »

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Would you fly in a Ukrainian built airplane?
Steve | July 3, 2010 | 6:39 am

U.S. Aerospace and Antonov to bid for U.S. tanker

the Antonov ‘New Generation’ AN-70 - Cargo Aircraft. Photo courtesy of Antonov ASTC

Are you ready for the next round in the KC-X Tanker smackdown? Reuters reported on Friday that Antonov, the state-owned Ukrainian plane builder is joining forces with U.S. Aerospace Inc, a small cash-strapped U.S. company, to enter the hotly contested competition to build a new generation of refueling tankers for the U.S. military. Bids are due by next Friday. Boeing and EADS have been ready for months to submit bids. The Antonov/U.S. Aerospace partnership is asking the Pentagon for Read more »

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Flying High at Historic Flight Foundation on July 3-5
denisegl | June 30, 2010 | 4:18 pm

Just in case you don’t have any plans for the 4th of July and you have $450 to spend (although it will be worth the once in a life time event!) then you better get serious baby because plane rides are going to happen. On July 3, 4 and 5 from 10am to 6pm the  Historic Flight Foundation will be celebrating Independance day with their invitation “Come fly with us.”  There will be a BBQ with complimentary burgers. Flights will include the famed B-25 Mitchell Bomber “Grumpy” ($450 per member), the luxurious Read more »

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Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR coming to FHC
Steve | June 20, 2010 | 10:52 pm

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Nine O Nine'

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang “Betty Jane”, will fly into Paine Field and be on display at the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) on June 23 to June 25. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 donation for adults and $6 donation for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Read more »

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