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Trip Preview: Visiting Palmdale to Fly on NASA's DC-8

Trip Preview: Visiting Palmdale to Fly on NASA’s DC-8

Last year, I was fortunate enough to fly on NASA’s airborne observatory – SOFIA – in Christchurch, New Zealand. Last month, I had a chance to experience another one of the agency’s research aircraft – Douglas DC-8. I won’t talk much about that in this article, though. Instead, I’ll give you a brief overview of […]

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Shimojishima Airport: A Brief History and a Tour of Its New Terminal

Shimojishima Airport: A Brief History and a Tour of Its New Terminal

Some days ago, I published a report about the first Jetstar Japan flight from Tokyo Narita to Shimojishima. While the inaugural flight didn’t take me to a brand new airport, it took me to an airport that has been “reborn” thanks to a brand new terminal and resumed scheduled service after about a 25-year hiatus.

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Jetstar Japan Brings Scheduled Flights to Shimojishima After 25 Years

In October 2017, Mitsubishi Estate started construction of a new terminal at Shimojishima airport in Okinawa. When announcing the construction, they also mentioned their slogan for the terminal-to-be: Your resort starts from the Airport. Having just landed at Shimojishima airport on the first scheduled flight to arrive therein almost 25 years, I can say the

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What Is the Difference Between Airspeed and Ground Speed?

What Is the Difference Between Airspeed and Ground Speed?

As talked about briefly in my article about how fast passenger airplanes fly, generally speaking, there are two different types of speed when talking about airplanes – ground speed and airspeed. While ground speed is the airplane’s speed relative to the surface of the Earth, airspeed – at least true airspeed – is its speed

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