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Airbus A380 vs. Boeing 747: The Ultimate Double-Decker Showdown

Airbus A380 vs. Boeing 747: The Ultimate Double-Decker Showdown

I have yet to meet an aviation enthusiast that doesn’t like the 747. After all, it’s an iconic airliner that changed the industry. On the other hand, the A380’s reception has been mixed – while there are enthusiasts who love it, there are also those who don’t. In this article, I decided to look at …

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Happy 50th Birthday, Queen of the Skies! Celebrating with My Favorite 747 Photos

Happy 50th Birthday, Queen of the Skies! Celebrating with My Favorite 747 Photos

Boeing 747 rolled out for the first time on September 30, 1968. Since then, its unmistakeable shape has turned it into one of the most recognized aircraft types and the favorite aircraft type of many aviation enthusiasts. With the above in mind, yesterday, September 30, 2018, (in the US, still today) marked a very special …

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"Per Aspera Ad Astra:" The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

“Per Aspera Ad Astra:” The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

Every year, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA takes off about a hundred times to help scientists gather data to better understand our solar system and the rest of the universe. Each of those flights, however, starts way before the heavily modified Boeing 747SP gets in the air. Each of them involves getting a large amount of …

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From a Learjet to SOFIA: A Brief History of the World's Largest Flying Telescope

From a Learjet to SOFIA: A Brief History of the World’s Largest Flying Telescope

If you ask someone what a Jumbo Jet can do, you will likely get one of the following two answers: transport passengers or haul cargo. Both of those are, of course, correct. But, did you know that there is a Boeing 747 that helps us better understand the universe? That’s exactly what Stratospheric Observatory for …

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Delta Air Lines and United Airlines 747s Nearing Retirement: The End of the 747 Era in the United States

The End an Era: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines 747s Nearing Retirement

Ranging from the legendary Pan Am and TWA to United Airlines, the Queen of the Skies – Boeing 747 – has been an important workhorse in many American airlines’ fleets. However, with both of the current American operators’ 747s nearing retirement, the era of Boeing 747s in passenger service with American airlines is about to …

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After a Short Extension of Life, the Slovak Tupolev Tu-154 Retired on September 27, 2017

After a Short Extension of Life, the Slovak Tupolev Tu-154 Retired on September 27, 2017

A couple of months ago, I wrote about that the last flight of the Slovak governmental Tu-154 would happen on August 27, 2017. The aircraft, registered OM-BYO, was supposed to perform at SIAF (Slovak International Air Fest) air show on August 26 and 27. And then, it was supposed to fly directly to Kosice in the …

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An EU-Registered Tupolev Tu-154 to Fly for the Last Time on August 27, 2017

The Last EU-Registered Tupolev Tu-154 to Fly for the Last Time on August 27, 2017

Nothing lasts forever – not even the sturdy Tupolev Tu-154s. At least, not within the European Union. Currently, the Government of Slovakia is the last remaining operator of the type within the EU. That will, however, change on August 27, 2017, when OM-BYO will fly for the last time. “Change of Guards” at SIAF 2017 …

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A Visit to Evektor’s Factory to See the Upcoming Evektor Ev-55

Kunovice in Czech Republic is best known in the transport aircraft sector as the birthplace of Let L-410. From over a decade ago, however, a little known light transportation aircraft is being developed there as well – the Evektor Ev-55. I had a chance to visit the offices and manufacturing facilities of Evektor and to talk …

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