VIDEO: F-22 RAPTOR – INSIDE THE COCKPIT

F-22 Raptor - Inside the Cockpit

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AVIATOR AND FORMULA 1 RACING LEGEND NIKI LAUDA DIES AT THE AGE OF 70

Niki Lauda

VIENNA – Racing legend and aviator Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70 on May 20, 2019. The race driver was a prominent figure in motorsport for decades, but also had a very successful career in commercial aviation. “With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on

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2 PEOPLE KILLED IN 2nd TAQUAN AIR FLOATPLANE CRASH IN 1 WEEK

METLAKATLA, ALASKA – Two people died in the 2nd Taquan Air floatplane crash in 1 week in Alaska, according to a statement from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Taquan Air was also involved in a fatal accident last week on May 13, 2019. The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane crashed into the port of Metlakatla, Alaska.

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SIX PASSENGERS KILLED AFTER MID-AIR COLLISION IN ALASKA

© Taquan Air

ANCHORAGE – Due to a mid-air collision between 2 floatplanes off the coast of Alaska, 4 people were killed and 10 injured on Monday, the US Coast Guard said. On Tuesday 2 more bodies were found, bringing the number of people killed to 6. Ten passengers had to go to the hospital for treatment. Three

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ALL PASSENGERS KILLED IN PLANE CRASH BUSINESS JET IN MEXICO

MEXICO CITY – A Bombardier Challenger 601 business jet (registration N601VH) – on its way from Las Vegas to Monterrey in Mexico – crashed into a remote mountain region in northern Mexico. According to Mexican media reports all 13 people onboard the jet – 10 passengers and 3 crew members – were killed in the

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AEROFLOT SUPERJET 100 CRASH-LANDED IN FLAMES AT MOSCOW AIRPORT

Aeroflot Superjet 100 crash

MOSCOW – An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B (registration: RA-89098) has crashed in flames during landing today at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), north of Moscow. 41 people onboard were killed in the accident. Aeroflot Flight 1492 was a domestic flight from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow to Murmansk Airport in Murmansk, Russia. Just after take off

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MIAMI AIR INTERNATIONAL B737 CRASHED INTO RIVER AT JACKSONVILLE NAVAL AIR STATION

Miami Air B737 accident

NAS JACKSONVILLE, FL / May 3, 2019 – A Miami Air International Boeing 737-800, arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville, slidd off the runway into the St. Johns River at approximately 9:40 PM on Friday. There were some minor injuries among the 136 passengers and 7 aircrew members

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TRUCK CRASHES INTO AIRBUS A321

Truck crashed into A321

MOSCOW – A truck has crashed into a parked Airbus A321 from Nordwind Airlines at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on May 2, 2019. Both the truck and aircraft were damaged. It is not clear yet how the collision occured, but according to Russian media, the driver lost control of the steering wheel, due to unconsciousness or

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THE USAF F-35 HAS FLOWN IN COMBAT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

F-35 refuelling over Middle East

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force has finally flown the F-35 in combat, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command (U.S. AFCENT) stated in a press release. Two F-35As – the variant used by the USAF – conducted a mission over Iraq this week to take out an ISIS tunnel network and a weapons cache on

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THE BOEING 737 MAX WILL FLY AGAIN THIS SUMMER

WestJet Boeing 737 MAX 8

SEATTLE – The Boeing 737 MAX will probably fly again in August this Summer. According to the Seattle Times, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) will give permission at the end of May to put the grounded 737 MAX back into service. Due to 2 fatal accidents with the Boeing 737 MAX, the aircraft type was

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REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF STEVE BEZMAN – YOUTUBE’S ‘GRANDPA SPOTTER’ LEFT THIS WORLD TO FLY HIGH

Steve Bezman in the 70s

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Last year on February 14, 2018 the aviation and spotting community on YouTube lost a very special person. His name was Steve Bezman, also known on YouTube as 99carnot. He had a great influence on many YouTubers who share his passion of filming planes in action at airports and airshows around the

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HONEYWELL RETIRES CONVAIR 580 AIRCRAFT

Honeywell Convair 580

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Honeywell Aerospace, manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics and a producer of auxiliary power units (APUs) and other aviation products, has retired its Convair 580 test aircraft after 67 years. It was built in 1952 and has been with the company since 2000. The aircraft – with registration N580HW – flew for

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USAF F-35’s FIRST DEPLOYMENT TO MIDDLE EAST

USAF F-35 first deployment to the Middle East

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates – Last week, on April 15, the USAF’s 5th generation multi-role aircraft arrived for its first deployment to the Middle East, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs reports. The F-35A Lightning IIs are from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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OWL FOUND IN B737 ENGINE DURING PRE-FLIGHT CHECK AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT

Owl in B737 Engine

MELBOURNE AIRPORT – A remarkable discovery last Thursday, during a regular pre-flight check of a Virgin Australian Boeing 737 at Melbourne airport; an owl was found in one of the engine’s fan blades. According to the airline, this is why pre-flight checks are always very important before each single flight. “Our team of engineers rescued

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FIRST FLIGHT OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST AIRCRAFT; THE STRATOLAUNCH

Stratolaunch First Flight

MOJAVE DESERT, CA – On April 13, 2019 the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan, completed its successful maiden flight over the Mojave Desert in California. The Stratolaunch is an impressive twin-fuselage plane with 6 engines and a wingspan of 117m (384ft), larger than the length of an American football field. The monster plane is designed

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UTAIR B737 ENGINE CATCHES FIRE BEFORE TAKE OFF IN MOSCOW

Utair B737-800 (VQ-BQQ)

MOSCOW – Earlier this week the engine of a Boeing 737 – operated by Russia’s Utair airlines from Moscow to Makhachkala – has caught fire on the runway just before take off at Vnukovo airport. Passengers of the aircraft noticed a burst of flames outside the jet – coming from the right engine of the

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TRUMP’S CALL TO ‘REBRAND’ THE 737 MAX IS REJECTED BY BOEING

Boeing 737-8 MAX at BFI

Washington – President Donald Trump urged Boeing to “rebrand” its 737 MAX aircraft, after the fatal crashes of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The aircraft manufacturer rejected Trump’s advice and said it was focused on fixing the problem and thinking over next steps to win back public trust. President Trump adviced

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JET AIRWAYS HAS SHUT DOWN OPERATIONS

Jet Airways B777

DELHI – India’s Jet Airways has operated its last flight Wednesday evening, the airline reports. The ailing company has serious financial problems and a request with the State Bank of India (SBI) has been rejected. The problems at Jet Airways have accumulated in recent weeks. Salaries were not paid, angry lease companies claimed leased aircraft.

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DOG OF PILOT PROBABLY CAUSED PLANE TO CRASH

Flight Design CTSW D-MFGN

WASHINGTON D.C. – The fatal air crash of a Flight Design CT aircraft in Iowa in July 2017, is most likely caused by a 70 lb Goldendoodle dog. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) concludes this in a recently published report. Jerry Naylor – a 90-year-old former commercial pilot – often took his dog Jasmine

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NO NEW 737 ORDERS FOR BOEING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 7 YEARS

B737 MAX 8

CHICAGO – For the first time in 7 years Boeing ended a month without new orders for the 737 series. Since March 13 of this year the entire fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has been grounded, due to 2 tragic accidents within 5 months. On March 10 – this year – a 737 MAX

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TURKEY HAS COMPLETED THE BIGGEST MOVE IN AVIATION HISTORY

Turkish Airlines - Istanbul Atatürk Airport

ISTANBUL – Last weekend – on Saturday morning – Turkish Airlines Flight TK54 took off for the last time from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The Boeing 777-300ER departed at 2.00 AM with 319 passengers and 18 crew members onboard for Singapore. As a result, the largest relocation in aviation history has been successfully completed. Istanbul Atatürk

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SOUTHWEST BOEING 737 MAX MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING WITH ENGINE PROBLEMS

Southwest 737 MAXs at Victorville Airport

ORLANDO – A Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Southwest Airlines had to make an emergency landing – just after take off – at Orlando Airport yesterday due to engine problems, FOX 35 News reports. There were only crew members on board. The aircraft’s destination was Victorville Aiport, CA. Victorville is an airport in the Mojave

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BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT ENDS UP IN SCOTLAND INSTEAD OF GERMANY

BA plane lands at wrong airport

LONDON – A British Airways flight from London to Düsseldorf ‘accidentally’ landed in Edinburgh last Monday. Passengers on the BAe 146-200 did not notice the error until the crew announced that the landing was being deployed at Edinburgh Airport. The flight – operated by German leasepartner WDL Aviation – departed from London City Airport and

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CHINA ORDERS 300 AIRBUS AIRCRAFT

China A350

PARIS – The Chinese government has purchased 300 new aircraft from Airbus. The deal includes 290 A320s and 10 A350s. The aircraft will be assigned to various airlines in China at a later stage. The order was signed in Paris on Monday in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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GARUDA INDONESIA CANCELS 737 MAX ORDER

Garuda B737 MAX 8

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia cancelled its order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, a deal worth almost 5 billion dollar, the company announced on Friday. “We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting the order to be cancelled,” said a Garuda spokesperson. He also said that passengers in Indonesia have lost faith

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ROYAL AIR FORCE HAS PLACED ORDER FOR FIVE BOEING E-7s

Republic of Korea Armed Forces E-7

LONDON – The Royal Air Force has placed an order with Boeing for 5 E-7s, worth of 2 billion dollars. The military variant of the Boeing 737-700 will serve as an early warning and control aircraft and will replace the old E-3 Sentry (AWACS), which is based on the Boeing 707. The first E-7 Wedgetail

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BRITISH AIRWAYS B747 NEGUS LIVERY ROLLS OUT OF PAINTSHOP

BA B747 Negus livery

DUBLIN AIRPORT – The last retro aircraft from British Airways rolled out of the paintshop in Dublin this morning and departed from Dublin Airport to return to London Heathrow Airport. The fleet of British Airways’ heritage aircraft – painted with retro liveries to celebrates its 100th anniversary – is now complete. The last aircraft –

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IRAN AIR FOKKER 100 MADE EMERGENCY LANDING IN TEHRAN

Iran Air Fokker 100 accident

TEHRAN – A Fokker 100 from Iran Air made an emergency landing in Tehran on Tuesday evening March 19, 2017. The landing gear of the plane refused to extract, so the aircraft had to make a belly landing. On the spectacular footage of the emergency landing you can see how this belly landing causes a

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VIDEO – FIRST A380 WITH TURTLE LIVERY DELIVERED TO ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS

ANA A380 delivery

Beautiful video of the ANA A380 Turtle livery. Video: Airbus on YouTube At 5:44 PM (Local Time) this afternoon, the ANA A380 departed from Toulouse Airport in France to be delivered to the Japanese airline. Video: AIRLIVE.net on Facebook (Top image: from Airbus video on YouTube)

AMAZON PRIME AIR FLIGHT 3591 CRASH PROBABLY CAUSED BY PILOT ERROR

Prime Air B767 Air Crash

WASHINGTON – According to The Wallstreet Journal, the NTSB suspect that pilot error led tot the deadly crash of Amazon Prime Air Flight 3591 killing all 3 men on board on February 23. On March 5 the NTSB said that the Boeing 767-300 cargo plane entered some turbulence shortly before the plane’s crash into Trinity

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IRANIAN B747 CARGO AIRCRAFT DAMAGED IN QATAR AFTER UNLOADING ERROR

Tilted B747

DOHA – A Boeing 747-200F (reg.no. EP-FAB) of the Iranian Cargo Airline Fars Air Qeshm was damaged on Saturday night at Doha Airport in Qatar. Reportedly, the handling agents unloaded too much cargo from the front of the aircraft, causing the center of gravity to slide backwards, causing the B747’s nose to tilt. It’s the

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THIRD IRKUT MC-21 PROTOTYPE MAKES FIRST FLIGHT

Irkut MC-21

IRKUTSK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – The 3rd prototype of the Irkut MC-21 flew for the first time on Saturday. The Russian airliner completed a 90 minute test flight from Irkut Airport in Russia. This is the 1st MC-21 that is equipped with a passenger cabin. During the test flight, the MC-21-300 reached a maximum height of

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BOEING ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING ETHIOPIAN CRASH OF 737 MAX

Boeing Logo

CHICAGO – Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued a statement Sunday evening, one week after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 air crash with a 737 MAX 8. Boeing’s statement comes a week after the Ethiopian crash and after The Seattle Times publishing their investigation, which showed that Boeing was allowed by the American

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VIDEO | USAF THUNDERBIRDS – 35 YEARS OF FLYING THE F-16

F-16 Thunderbirds

Airshow season in the U.S. is quickly approaching! Before it gets started, take a look at how the F-16 is powering the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and has been for over 35 years! Video: Lockheed Martin on Facebook _ (Top photo: Photo by USAF Senior Airman Cory Bush)

AEROFLOT ALSO THREATS TO CANCEL ITS ORDER FOR THE BOEING 737 MAX

Pobeda B737 MAX

MOSCOW – Aeroflot wants to cancel its order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, unless Boeing guarantees the safety of the aircraft, said Vitalij Saveljev from Aeroflot, the national Russian airline. The new planes would be delivered to Aeroflot in November 2019. Aeroflot ordered the B737 MAX for Pobeda, a subsidiary of the Russian airline.

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BLACK BOX OF CRASHED ETHIOPIAN B737 MAX IS NOW BEING ANALYSED IN PARIS

Ethiopian Airlines Black Box

PARIS LE BOURGET AIRPORT – Since Friday the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX are being analysed. The black box arrived in Paris on Thursday at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where it was transferred to Paris Le Bourget Airport. An Ethiopian investigation

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VIDEO – USAF THUNDERBIRDS SHOWING US HOW TO SALUTE THE GROUND CREW

USAF Thunderbirds saluting their Ground Crew

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds put on quite a show with their awesome demos at Airshows around the world. The mix of their flying skills, awesome maneuvers, and the show itself, makes them one of the best aerobatic teams in the world. A special part of the show has become a tradition to the Thunderbirds;

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SECRET FLYBY OF KLM B777 WITH 4 F-16s SCARED THE HELL OUT OF PEOPLE IN AMSTERDAM

KLM B777 Flyby Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – A low flyby of a KLM Boeing 777-300 – escorted by 4 Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16AM’s – right over downtown Amsterdam, has frightened many citizens of Amsterdam Thursday afternoon. It turned out to be a special flyby to celebrate 100 years of Dutch Aviation in the Netherlands. The people of Amsterdam

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FOURTH AND LAST BRITISH AIRWAYS RETRO LIVERY WILL FEATURE THE ICONIC NEGUS LIVERY ON B747

British Airways Boeing 747 Negus livery

LONDON – British Airways has unveiled the 4th and final retro livery in honor of its unofficial 100th anniversary. The last retro livery will be the ‘Negus’ livery, which British Airways flew with between 1974 and 1980. The Negus livery now returns on a Boeing 747 with registration G-CIVB. The aircraft is currently being painted

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BLACK BOX OF CRASHED ETHIOPIAN B737 MAX 8 WILL BE SENT TO FRANCE FOR ANALYSIS

Black Box

Ethiopian authorities have requested France assistance for the analysis of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). In the coming days the black box will be sent for the analysis to Paris Le Bourget Airport in France. A spokesman for Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) earlier said that the

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TRUMP SAYS U.S. TO GROUND BOEING 737 MAX 8s AND MAX 9s

American Airlines Boeing 737

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said that the United States is going to order the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft after the crash in Ethiopia, that killed 157 people last Sunday. “We are going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the

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U.S. BOEING 737 MAX 8 PILOTS REPORTED NOSEDIVES EARLIER AFTER ENGAGING AUTOPILOT

American Boeing 737 MAX 8

According to American media reports, at least 5 U.S. pilots have complained earlier about problems with the automated system of the Boeing 737 MAX 8. Last Sunday a 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people, while a similar accident occured in October last year in Indonesia, killing 189 people. At least 2

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EUROPEAN UNION SUSPENDS BOEING 737 MAX FLIGHTS AFTER ETHIOPIA CRASH

Boeing 737 MAX 8

COLOGNE – The Boeing 737 MAX must remain on the ground throughout the European Union for the time being. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is not taking any risk and suspended all flights today, following the Ethiopia crash last weekend that killed 157 people. Switzerland said that it will follow the EASA. It’s

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AVIATION AUTHORITIES ORDER AIRLINES TO GROUND ALL B737 MAX AIRCRAFT – BOEING WILL DEPLOY SOFTWARE UPGRADE TO THE 737 MAX

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The Boeing 737 MAX is the latest variant of the most successful passenger aircraft ever. Many airlines ordered the fuel-efficient jet. Nevertheless, some serious defects have come to light, since the Lion Air accident in Indonesia from October last year. Several aviation authorities in the world have ordered airlines to ground all Boeing 737 MAX

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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES B737 MAX 8 CRASHED AFTER TAKE OFF FROM ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT

Ethiopian Airline B737 MAX 8

ADDID ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines has just confirmed in a press release this morning at 11:00 AM (Local Time) that its Flight ET302 – from Addis Ababa to Nairobi – crashed today around the city of Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). There were no survivors. The aircraft – a Boeing 737-800 MAX – with registration number ET-AVJ

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KOREAN AIR CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Korean Air 50th Anniversary

SEOUL – Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. During a festive meeting in Seoul, Korean Air celebrated its 50 years of history and the spectacular growth of the South Korean airline, since it was founded on March 1, 1969. The airline also looks into the future with confidence, for the next 50 years

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F-15 FROM OREGON ANG FIRED ITS MISSILES INTO THE PACIFIC, DUE TO ISSUE WITH LANDING GEAR

An F-15C Eagle, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, returns to the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., after an afternoon training flight, Sept. 16, 2014. The 142nd Fighter Wing is one of 14 alert sites positioned around the United States that conducts the aerospace control alert mission, part of the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

PORTLAND – Last month – on February 20, 2019 – a F-15C from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing had to make an emergency landing, due to issues with its landing gear. After firing all its missiles into the Pacific Ocean, the F-15 landed safely on runway 28L at its home base, Portland

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CCTV FOOTAGE RELEASED OF AMAZON ATLAS AIR B767 CRASH INTO TRINITY BAY

Amazon Atlas Air B767 Crash

CHAMERS COUNTY – A Chilling video shows the final moments of the Amazon flight over Texas as it plunges into Trinity Bay killing all 3 men on board. The Atlas Air flight 3591 was captured hitting Trinity Bay by a police security camera. The Boeing 767 was carrying packages for Amazon and the US Postal

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VIDEO – THE USAF F-35 DEMO TEAM IS READY FOR THE 2019 AIRSHOW SEASON

USAF F-35 Demo Team

LUKE AFB, ARIZONA – Captain Andrew ‘Dojo’ Olson is the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team Commander and Pilot, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As the F-35A Demo Team Commander, he is responsible for representing Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, the United States Air Force, the

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AIR CHINA B777 MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN SIBERIA DUE TO A FIRE ALARM

Air China Boeing 777 B-2040

ANADYR UGOLNY AIRPORT – Air China Flight CA983 from Beijing to Los Angeles – carrying 188 passengers – made an emergency landing in Siberia Tuesday morning, due to a fire alarm that went off. All passengers and crew of CA983 were evacuated safely by inflatable slides at Anadyr Ugolny airport which serves Russia’s easternmost town

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LANDING GEAR OF UNITED EXPRESS ERJ-145 BROKEN OFF AND EMBEDDED IN ENGINE AT PRESQUE ISLE AIRPORT

United Express accident Presque Isle Airport

PRESQUE ISLE AIRPORT, MAINE – The landing gear of a United Express ERJ-145 broke off and was embedded in the engine after it skidded off the runway at Presque Isle Airport in Maine yesterday. The accident occured when Flight UA4933 from Newark to Presque Isle landed after a 2nd attempt at 11:30 AM. After the

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INDIAN AIR FORCE SAYS RAFALE JETS TO BE INDUCTED IN SEPTEMBER 2019

French Air Force Rafale B

NEW DELHI – According to Reuters, the Indian Air Force will induct the French Dassault Rafale combat jet in September of this year, the chief of the Indian Air Force – B.S. Dhanoa – said earlier today. India has ordered 36 planes from Dassault Aviation as part of a modernization program of the Air Force

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VIETJET ORDERS 100 EXTRA BOEING 737 MAX JETS

VietJet Boeing 737 MAX

HANOI – The Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet has finally signed a huge order for Boeing last week on February 27, 2019. The airline is purchasing an extra 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In 2016, the company ordered the same number of aircraft. The deal – signed in the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump and

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LAUDAMOTION AIRBUS A320 ABORTS TAKE OFF DUE TO ENGINE ISSUES

Laudamotion A320

LONDON – On Friday evening March 1, 2019 a Laudamotion Airbus A320-200 with registration OE-LOA, was accelerating for takeoff from London Stansted Airport’s runway 22 when the crew had to abort take off after a loud bang was heard at one of the engines. The aircraft stopped about 270 meters/890 feet down the runway. The

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THE CONCORDE’S FIRST FLIGHT – 50 YEARS AGO

British Airways Concorde (G-BOAC)

TOULOUSE – Today, exactly 50 years ago – on March 2, 1969 – the Concorde took off for the first time. The Concorde was a technological marvel, an airliner that could fly more than twice the speed of sound at altitudes that brush the air of space. Flying Supersonic was seen as the future in

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THIRD BRITISH AIRWAYS RETRO LIVERY WILL FEATURE THE ICONIC LANDOR LIVERY ON B747

British_Airways_Boeing_747-236B_Landor Livery

LONDON – British Airways has revealed the third design in its series of historic liveries to mark the airline’s centenary. The iconic Landor livery will be painted on a Boeing 747. The Boeing 747-400 – with registration G-BNLY – entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport earlier this week where it will be repainted

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FAREWELL TORNADO – THE END OF AN ERA FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

Nine Tornado Flypast

RAF MARHAM – On Thursday February 28, the Royal Air Force performed a flypast using 9 Tornado GR4s. This marks the end of frontline operations for the Tonka, which have been in service in the Royal Air Force since 1979. After 40 years the Tornado will retire from service. They took off from RAF Marham

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SINGAPORE PLANS TO BUY 4 F-35s WITH OPTION FOR 8 MORE

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron from March ARB, Calif., May 14, 2013 off the coast of Northwest Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint graduate flying and maintenance training wing that trains Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/Released)

SINGAPORE – March 1, 2019. According to Reuters, Singapore plans to buy an initial 4 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, with an option to purchase 8 more, as it looks to replace its ageing F-16 fleet, the city-state’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen said earlier today. Ng Eng Hen said in parliament that the

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BRITISH AIRWAYS WILL REPLACE ITS 747 WITH THE BOEING 777X

British Airways Boeing 777X

LONDON – British Airways has confirmed that they will replace its fleet of Boeing 747s by the new Boeing 777X. According to Boeing, British Airways will purchase 18 aircaft of the 777-9 model with an option for 24 more. The deal could reach $ 18.6 billion, although this is a purchase commitment and not yet

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INDIA SAYS IT’S ‘HAPPY’ PAKISTAN IS RELEASING THEIR DOWNED MIG-21 PILOT

Indian AF Wing Commander Abhinandan

NEW DELHI – According to Reuters the Indian government confirms that Pakistan had decided to return one of its captured Indian Air Force MIG-21 pilot. The Indian government is looking forward to his return, defense officials told reporters today. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman – who was captured by the Pakistan Army yesterday on February 27

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INDIAN AIR FORCE MIG-21 SHOT DOWN BY PAKISTAN AIR FORCE

Indian AF MIG-21 Bison

NEW DELHI – An Indian MiG-21 was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday, February 27. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed the loss of a MiG-21 Bison, shot down by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) during an engagement over the ceasefire line in Kashmir, a region that India and Pakistan have

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VIDEO SHOWS BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT 492 IN EXTREME WIND

British_Airways,_G-EUUY,_Airbus_A320-232

GIBRALTAR – FEBRUARY 25, 2019. British Airways Flight BA492 from London Heathrow to Gibraltar had to divert to Malaga yesterday, due to heavy wind just before landing at Gibraltar Airport. The British Airways A320 landed safely at Malaga Airport in Spain. The passengers on Flight BA492 experienced some heavy winds like you probably haven’t seen

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VIDEO – Recent videos of the Prime Air Boeing 767 that has crashed into Trinity Bay

Prime Air B767 landing at PDX

HOUSTON – These are 3 videos from just 3 weeks ago and 11 months ago, when the Boeing 767-375ER (registration N1217A) was still operating for Amazon Prime Air, before it was destroyed in the accident at Trinity Bay, near Anahuac, Texas, USA on February 23, 2019. It crashed approximately 30 miles southeast of Bush Intercontinental

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Prime Air Boeing 767 has crashed into Trinity Bay near Houston Bush Airport

Prime Air B767

A Boeing 767 has crashed into Trinity Bay shortly before 12:45 p.m. on February 23, 2019 HOUSTON – The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert on Atlas Air Flight 5Y3591 after losing radar and radio contact with the plane approximately 30 miles southeast of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The Boeing 767-375ER (registration N1217A)

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Second British Airways retro livery will feature BEA colours on A319

Bea_vickers_vanguard_g-apec

LONDON – After a Boeing 747-400 was painted in a retro livery last week, an Airbus A319 from British Airways now also gets a historic livery. The aircraft will get the paintjob in Shannon in the colors of British European Airways, starting this weekend. This year the British airline is painting a series of aircraft

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China Airlines Captain is caught sleeping in the cockpit while flying a Boeing 747

China Airlines B747-400

TAIWAN – A China Airlines Captain has been filmed recently, taking a nap in the cockpit of his passenger jet in mid-flight. The pilot is a senior officer for China Airlines – the national carrier of Taiwan – with almost 20 years’ experience, according to media reports. The video surfaced just days after China Airlines

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Passenger dies onboard United Airlines Flight 961 to Newark

United Airlines Boeing 767-424-ER N67052

SHANNON AIRPORT – February 20, 2019. United Airlines Flight 961 from Frankfurt to Newark diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland Wednesday for an emergency landing, after an elderly woman stopped breathing. Flight UA961 was about 2 hours into its journey from Frankfurt Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport when a 71-year old woman suffered breathing problems.

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AirBaltic WILL RETIRE ITS REMAINING BOEING 737s ONE YEAR EARLIER

airBaltic Boeing 737

airBaltic has announced that it will retire their remaining Boeing 737 aircraft in the autumn of 2019, one year earlier than the original plan. The Latvian airline aims to benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300, which eventually will be the only jet aircraft in the fleet. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Airbus A220-300 is

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Missing man formation on first day of Aero India 2019 to honor killed pilot

Indian Air Force SuryaKiran Aerobatic Team

YELAHANKA AIR FORCE STATION, BANGALORE – February 20, 2019. An emotional moment on the first day of Aero India 2019, when Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi was honored today with a ‘Missing man formation’ at Yelahanka Air Force Station in India. Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi was killed yesterday during rehearsal for the airshow. The other two pilots involved in

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1 PILOT DIED AFTER 2 INDIAN AIR FORCE JETS CRASHED DURING A REHEARSAL FOR THE AERO INDIA AIRSHOW 2019

Indian AF Suriya Kiran Aerobatic Team

YELAHANKA AIR FORCE STATION, BANGALORE – February 19, 2019. Two Jets of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Display Team of the Indian Air Force collided in mid-air during a rehearsal today for the 12th edition of the Aero India Airshow, on February 20-24. According to various Indian media one pilot was killed. The pilot who lost

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THE SWISS GOVERNMENT’S NEW ‘AIR FORCE ONE’

Swiss Air Force One

BERN AIRPORT / February 13, 2019 – Soon Swiss government officials are transported with a VIP aircraft from the Swiss aircaft manufacturer – Pilatus Aircraft. The Swiss Air Force received a brand new PC-24 business last week. The aircraft will replace the Cessna Citation that was used before as a government plane. The Pilatus PC-24

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British Airways 747 with retro livery lands in London

BA B747 Retro Livery

LONDON – February 18, 2019. The first of a series of British Airways Boeing 747’s with a retro livery landed earlier today at London Heathrow Airport. The British airline is celebrating its unofficial 100th anniversary this year and therefore is providing some aircraft with historic paintings. Also to celebrate that the Boeing 747 has been flying

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B747 AND B767 GROUND COLLISION AT MOSCOW AIRPORT

Vnukovo International Airport

MOSCOW-VNUKOVO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – February 15, 2019. A Boeing 747-400 from Rossiya collided with a B767-300 from Azur at Moscow-Vnukoko Airport. During the pushback of the 747 the winglet of the aircraft came into contact with one of the stabilizers of the 767. Both aircraft were damaged by the collision. No injuries were reported. There

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Flybmi has cancelled all flights with immediate effect

Flybmi logo

ABERDEEN – February 16, 2019. British Midland Regional Limited, the East Midlands-based airline which operates as Flybmi has ceased operations immediately and is filing for administration. A spokesperson for flybmi said: “Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability

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Flights at Dubai International Airport grounded due to suspected drone activity

Dubai Airport. © dubaiairports.ae

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – February 15, 2019. Flights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded on Friday morning due to suspected drone activity, an airport spokesperson said to Reuters. The suspension was in effect from 10:13 to 10:45 am local time, before flights were cleared to resume, Dubai Airport said. Service was soon back to

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BREAKING – Emergency landing of private jet with Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox on board due to blown tyre

Emergency landing private jet Jennifer Aniston at Ontario Airport

ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – February 15, 2019. Friday afternoon the private jet with Jennifer Aniston and Courteny Cox on board had to make an emergency landing at Ontario International Airport – due to failure with its landing gear – according to TMZ. The aircraft (reg. N729TY) took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 11:05

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AIRBUS HAS CONFIRMED THE END OF THE A380 PROGRAM. NO MORE DELIVERIES AFTER 2021

Emirates A380

TOULOUSE – February 14, 2019. Emirates has decided to reduce its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft, after reviewing its operations. The developments in aircraft and engine technologies causes the airline to take this well thought decision, after keeping the A380 programme alive for the past years, while other airlines already chose to go

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PUTIN SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT NEW SUPERSONIC PASSENGER AIRPLANE

Tupolev Tu-160

MOSCOW – February 12, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the development of a new Russian airliner, based on the Tupolev Tu-160 bomber. “We have to go back to supersonic passenger transport”, Putin said – according to Russia Today – during a visit to Kazan. “Everything is going like clockwork,” the Russian president said about

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Jet2 Flight LS155 diverted to Manchester because there was no water on board for hot drinks.

Jet2 B737 G-JZHE Landing

MANCHESTER – February 11, 2019. Something remarkable occured today when Jet2holidays Flight LS155 from Glasgow to Tenerife diverted to Manchester. For what reason? There was no water on board for hot drinks… The Boeing 737 from Jet2holidays, took off from Glasgow in Scotland at 8.55 am. Its destination was Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.

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THE BOEING 747: 50 YEARS OF FLIGHT

Boeing 747 First Flight

SEATTLE – February 9, 1969 is one of the most important days in commercial aviation. On that day, 50 years ago, the prototype of the Boeing 747 flew for the first time. The famous Queen of the Skies would become a huge succes and change passenger flights for decades. The story of the Boeing 747

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