VIDEO – USAF F-35 GOING VERTICAL AFTER TAKE OFF WITH FULL AFTERBURNER

USAF F-35 Going Vertical After Take Off At The Royal International Air Tattoo

RAF FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – It’s always awesome to see an F-35 take off with full afterburner at an airshow. This video of an F-35A from the USAF F-35 Demo Team shows the power of the engine and the impressive climb rate of the 5th Gen jet when it goes vertical after take off at RAF

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UNITED REVEALES ITS B737 WITH STAR WARS LIVERY – FLY THE FRIENDLY GALAXY

United B737 Star Wars Livery

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Exciting news for avgeeks and Star Wars fans in the U.S. and around the world; United Airlines has introduced a new special member to its fleet. After ANA, Virgin Atlantic and LATAM, United now also has an aircraft painted in a special Star Wars livery. United joins forces with ‘Star Wars: The

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VIDEO – SEVERE TURBULENCE ON FRONTIER FLIGHT 226

Severe Turbulence on Frontier Flight 226

Terrifying moments for passengers on Frontier Flight 226 from Denver to Baltimore on October 25, 2019. Severe turbulence caused many passengers to panic and even scream, while the pilots had good control over the situation. Anxious flyers who don’t fly much will probably fear and even pray for their lives during severe turbulence, while frequent

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QANTAS PERFORMS NON-STOP TEST FLIGHT BETWEEN LONDON AND SYDNEY

Qantas B787 Research Flight London - Sydney

LONDON – Australia’s Qantas Airways has conducted a non-stop test flight between London and Sydney on Thursday November 14, 2019. It’s the second ‘Project Sunrise’ flight, where the effects of ultra-long flights on travelers are tested. It is the world’s longest flight in aviation history, in distance and time. Last October, Qantas flew non-stop from

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OPERATION NIGHTHAWK LANDING

© Lockheed Martin

SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Insitute and National Museum of the USAF partners with Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works by reconfiguring a F-117 Nighthawk with registration TR803 – nicknamed Unexpected Guest – for permanent display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. We at flyhigh.news are very delighted

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VIDEO – SPECTACULAR LANDINGS AT ISAFJORDUR AIRPORT IN ICELAND

Spectacular landings in Iceland

ISAFJORDUR, ICELAND – When we think of Iceland, we think of a place where it’s cold and where you can find volcanic and rugged landscapes. Iceland also has one of the most challenging airports in the world; Isafjordur Airport (IFJ). It’s an airport serving Ísafjörður, a town in the Westfjords region in northwestern Iceland. The

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VIDEO – WATCH HOW THIS F-35 ACCELERATES AWAY FROM AN F-16 AS IT IGNITES THE AFTERBURNER

WATCH HOW THIS F-35 ACCELERATES AWAY FROM AN F-16 AS IT IGNITES THE AFTERBURNER

CALIFORNIA – Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) photographer Frank Crebas is giving us an interesting insight on his awesome job in the sky: shooting air-to-air pics of other planes – often fast fighter jets – like in this case a RNLAF F-35A in the skies over California, last January. The video shows us how hard

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AIRCRAFT SLIDES OFF RUNWAY AT CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT

American flight skids off runway at O’Hare as early snowstorm disrupts hundreds of flights

CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT – An American Eagle Embraer ERJ-145 slid off the runway Monday morning at Chicago O’Hare International Airport due to snowy conditions and blustery winds. The extreme weather conditions led to many flight cancellations at O’Hare Airport and Chicago’s major airports. All 38 passengers and 3 crew members were evacuated from the aircraft

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CAPTAIN APOLOGIZES TO PASSENGERS AFTER ACCIDENTLY ACTIVATING HIJACK ALARM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

CAPTAIN APOLOGIES TO PASSENGERS AFTER ACCIDENTLY ACTIVATING HIJACK ALARM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, NETHERLANDS – A remarkable incident happened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) last Wednesday, which would result in special (military) police teams rushing towards the gate and many delayed flights at Europe’s third-busiest airport. The captain accidently sent a Hijacking Alarm to Schiphol’s ATC. The pilot of an Air Europa A330 was instructing the

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DUTCH KING VISITS FIRST OPERATIONAL RNLAF F-35 AT LEEUWARDEN AIR BASE

King Willem Alexander pays visit to Leeuwarden AB

LEEUWARDEN AIR BASE, NETHERLANDS – King Willem Alexander from The Netherlands paid a visit to Leeuwarden Air Base on Wednesday, together with the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), Lieutenant General Dennis Luyt. The King’s reason for the visit was the brand new and first operational F-35A from the 322nd Squadron and the

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POSSIBLE HIJACK OF AIRCRAFT AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, NETHERLANDS – Emergency services have rushed to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. A spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Dutch Military Police) speaks of a “suspicious situation” on board of an aircraft at Schiphol Airport, the third busiest airport in Europe. It seems to be a hijacking of an aircraft, sources within the Marechaussee report.

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VIDEO – BIRD STRIKES B737 COCKPIT WINDOW IN MIDAIR

B737 Hits Bird of Prey

RUSSIA – Remarkable footage emerged last week from Russia, showing a bird of prey smashing into a cockpit window of a Boeing 737, resulting in one of the pilots – who was recording the landscape – dropping his phone. Bird strikes regularly occur during commercial flights all over the world. Sometimes they crash into the

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THE FIRST OPERATIONAL RNLAF F-35 HAS ARRIVED IN THE NETHERLANDS

The first operational RNLAF F-35 has arrived in The Netherlands

LEEUWARDEN AIR BASE, NETHERLANDS – October 31, 2019 is a special day in history for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The first operational Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (registration F-009) has arrived today on a beautiful, sunny, but cold Autumn day at it’s new home, Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. 40 years ago

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VIDEO – SPECTACULAR GO AROUND & LANDING OF KLM B787 DURING STORM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

Spectacular go around and landing of KLM B787 during storm at Amsterdam Airport

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Watch how this beautiful KLM B787 Dreamliner had to battle the storm to eventually land safely on runway 18R – also known as the Polderbaan – after it had to perform a spectacular Go Around during a storm on August 10 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, with strong gusts up to 100

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VIDEO – EMIRATES A380 IMPRESSIVE STORM LANDING AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

Emirates A380 Impressive Storm Landing at Amsterdam Airport

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Hairy conditions during a storm on August 10 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, with strong gusts up to 100 kph (62 mph) and some windshear on short final. Watch how this giant Airbus A380 from Emirates had to battle the storm to land safely on runway 18R, also known as the Polderbaan.

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UNITED’S CALIFORNIA ‘HER ART HERE’ THEMED LIVERY TAKES FLIGHT

United Boeing 757 - Her Art Here 'California'

LOS ANGELES – After the first – New York/New Jersey-themed – ‘Her Art Here’ livery was revealed by United on September 26, the airline now has officially revealed the second Boeing 757 with a one-of-a-kind, California-themed, livery. The design was created by San Francisco resident – artist Tsungwei Moo – as part of the airline’s

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UNITED’S NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY ‘HER ART HERE’ THEMED LIVERY

United B757 'Her Art Here' Livery - © United

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – United officially has welcomed a one-of-a-kind livery to its fleet as a tribute to the New York/New Jersey region it’s serve from United’s Newark Liberty International Airport hub. The stunning livery is designed by artist Corinne Antonelli – a New Jersey native – as part of the airline’s national Her Art

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VIDEO – RUSSIAN AIR FORCE SU-30 PERFORMING AN EXTREME HIGH ALPHA MANEUVER AT MAKS 2019

Su-35 Extreme High Alpha Maneuver - Image: © Jerry Taha

ZHUKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, RUSSIA – The 2019 edition of the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon – from August 27 till September 1 – was again one to remember! Awesome demos with great pilots showing their amazing skills in the latest 5th Gen fighter jet: the high tech and stealthy Sukhoi Su-57, but also in

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THE GULFSTREAM G650ER: WORLD’S FASTEST LONG-RANGE BUSINESS JET

The Gulfstream G650ER: world's fastest long-range business jet - Image: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

In the past weeks Gulfstream released two amazing videos of their G650ER Business Jet, an extended-range version of the G650. With more than 90 speed records, the G650ER also holds the world record for the farthest, fastest business jet flight in history, besting the previous record by more than 40 minutes. On March 29, 2019

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PILOT STUCK ON POWER LINE AFTER BELGIAN AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHED IN FRANCE

Belgian AF F-16BM crashes in France leaving pilot stuck on power line - Photo: © Jim van de Burgt

LORIENT, FRANCE – A Belgian Air Force (BAF) F-16BM fighter jet crashed Thursday morning in western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage power line. The fighter jet was flying from Florennes Air Base in Belgium to Lann Bihoué Naval Air Base in France, when it crashed between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul

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TWO DEAD, THREE INJURED IN PLANE CRASH NEAR LAS VEGAS

Plane crash Henderson Airport Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – In a crash with a small propeller plane near Las Vegas, two people died on Saturday evening. Three other passengers were injured, according to authorities. The single-engine Beechcraft Sierra had just taken off from Henderson Executive Airport and was on its way to California according to Flightaware. Immediately after the start a

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VIDEO – FAREWELL FLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN AIRLINES MD-80

American Airlines MD-80 Last Flight - Image: Skylite Productions

DALLAS – Wednesday September 4, 2019 was a sad day in the U.S. for many aviation enthusiasts and pilots who flew with the beautiful McDonnell Douglas MD-80, also known as ‘Mad Dog’ or ‘Super 80.’ American Airlines retired its workhorse, the iconic MD-80 after 36-years of service. Flight AA80 from Dallas Fort Worth to Chicago

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VIDEO – SUKHOI TEST PILOT PUSHES RUSSIA’S SU-57 FIFTH GEN FIGHTER JET TO THE LIMIT AT MAKS 2019

Su-57 impressive demo with a lot of vapor at MAKS 2019 II - Photo: Jerry Taha

ZHUKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, RUSSIA – The 2019 edition of the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon was again one to remember! Awesome demos with great pilots showing their amazing skills in older 4th Gen fighter jets, but also in the latest 5th Gen fighter jet: the high tech Sukhoi Su-57 with its stealth capabilities like

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AMERICAN AIRLINES IS RETIRING THE MD-80 ‘MAD DOG’ AFTER 36 YEARS

American Airlines is retiring the MD-80 after 36 years - Photo: Eddie Maloney

DALLAS – It’s a sad day today in the U.S. for many aviation enthusiasts and pilots who flew with the beautiful McDonnell Douglas MD-80, also known as ‘Mad Dog’ or ‘Super 80.’ American Airlines (AA) is saying goodbye to the iconic MD-80 after 36-years of service. Flight AA80 from Dallas Fort Worth to Chicago O’Hare

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VIDEO- THE F-35: MISSION READY, INTEROPERABLE AND COMBAT-PROVEN

The F-35 is combat ready - Image: © Lockheed Martin

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – The U.S. Air Force F-35A, U.S. Marine Corps F-35B and U.S. Navy F-35C is combat ready. It’s Lockheed Martin’s mission to keep U.S. men and women in uniform mission ready. Watch this awesome video, Lockheed Martin – manufacturer of the F-35 Lightning II – released earlier this week. The Lockheed Martin F-35

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SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 PERFORMS INCREDIBLE SHORT LANDING AT MAKS 2019 IN RUSSIA

Sukhoi Superjet 100 Extreme Short Landing at MAKS 2019 - Image: JERRY TAHA

ZHUKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, RUSSIA – Last weekend’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon 2019 showcased the best of the best from Russia’s civil and military aviation and aircraft from a few other countries, and FLYHIGH.NEWS was there! All the thousands of spectators could enjoy watching a lot of incredible maneuvers and a lot of show

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THE DAY A BOEING TEST PILOT PERFORMED A BARREL ROLL WITH THE 707

Boeing Dash-80 FA239925

SEATTLE, WA – This month, 64 years ago, there was a Boeing test pilot who performed a barrel roll with the Boeing 367-80, known as the Dash 80. It’s incredible and surreal to see such a big airplane perform a barrel roll. This is the remarkable story behind the famous Dash 80 barrel roll. The Dash

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REMEMBERING JOE SUTTER, ‘FATHER OF THE BOEING 747’

SEATTLE – Today we remember Boeing icon Joe Sutter. He passed away 3 years ago on August 30, 2016 at the age of 95. In the mid-60s, Sutter led the team that designed the Boeing 747. He was given the nickname “Father of the 747”. Father of the 747 Joseph Frederick “Joe” Sutter (March 21, 1921 – August

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PUTIN SHOWS ERDOGAN SECRET COCKPIT OF RUSSIA’S BRAND NEW SU-57 5TH GEN FIGHTER AT MAKS 2019

MOSCOW – Earlier this week President Erdogan from Turkey was invited by President Putin of Russia to see Russia’s Su-57 fifth generation fighter at the 2019 MAKS International Aviation and Space Airshow at Moscow’s Zhukhovsky Airport on August 27, 2019. Erdogan is looking for a replacement for the F-35 Lightning II, after the U.S. excluded

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FIREFIGHTING BOEING 747 SUPERTANKER JOINS BATTLE AGAINST AMAZON WILDFIRES

B747 Supertanker battling wildfires

SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – The American Boeing 747 Supertanker was filmed dropping water on wildfires in Bolivia’s department of Santa Cruz on Friday. A record number of fires have been raging through the Amazon rainforest most of which is located in Brazil, but the fires also stretches into Bolivia and several other countries. The aircraft

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VIDEO – HIS FRIEND JUST CRASHED HIS PLANE INTO THE OCEAN

My friend just crashed his plane into the ocean

On Tuesday Youtuber Matt Guthmiller’s friend David Lash had an inflight engine failure, landed his Bonanza in the Pacific Ocean, and was rescued by the Coast Guard. Watch how David made a very successful landing in the Pacific Ocean. The emergency landing was caught on camera. ☆☆☆ (Image: from Matt Guthmiller on YouTube)

THE THUNDERBIRDS AND RED ARROWS FLY OVER THE HUDSON RIVER IN NEW YORK CITY

Thunderbirds fly over New York City

NEW YORK CITY – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows conducted a rare flyover today over the Hudson River in New York City, together with the USAF F-35 Demo Team and the USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team. 15 jets trailing red, white and blue smoke and 4 Fifth Gen.

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VIDEO – BOEING REVEALS ‘DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT’ 787

Boeing 787-9 Special Livery

SEATTLE – Watch as innovation and inspiration rolls out of Boeing’s paint hanger. Boeing applied a stunning full body decal to the 787 Dreamliner – the largest decal on a 787 jet ever. Boeing thanks their employees who support the Boeing Employees Community Fund and who inspired the design! Learn more about this special 787-9

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TURKEY IS CONSIDERING RUSSIAN ALTERNATIVE TO F-35

USAF F-35

ANKARA – Turkey has shown an interest in Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, as an alternative to the American F-35, the Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak reports. Last month, Turkey was expelled from the F-35 project by America. The purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles by Turkey led to the expulsion from the F-35 program.

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ENGINE FAILURE OF CARGOLUX ITALIA B747 DURING FLIGHT TO AMSTERDAM

Cargolux Italia B747 Engine Failure During Flight to Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – One of the four engines of a Cargolux Italia B747 to Amsterdam was shut down during its flight to Amsterdam on Sunday. The B747 continued and landed safely at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands.  Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-400 freighter – registration LX-TCV – performing Flight CV-7156 from Nairobi to Amsterdam, was descending

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SAFARILINK DASH 8 COLLIDED WITH WILDEBEEST ON RUNWAY DURING LANDING IN KENYA

SAFARILINK DASH 8 COLLIDED WITH WILDEBEEST ON RUNWAY DURING LANDING IN KENYA

MAASAI MARA – A Safarilink Bombardier DHC-8-200 ended up next to the runway after landing on Kichwa Tembo Airstrip in Kenya (Africa) on Friday, after the aircraft collided with two wildebeest. The animals were on the runway when the plane tried to land. The Bombardier with registration 5Y-SLM, was on route from Nairobi to the

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DELTA BOEING 757 SUFFERED SERIOUS FUSELAGE DAMAGE AFTER HARD LANDING AT PONTA DELGADA AIRPORT, AZORES

DELTA BOEING 757 SUFFERED SERIOUS FUSELAGE DAMAGE AFTER HARD LANDING AT PONTA DELGADA AIRPORT, AZORES

PONTA DELGADA – On Sunday a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 made a very hard landing at Ponta Delgada Airport in the Azores, causing serious overstress damage to the fuselage and landing gear. The return flight was cancelled. There were no injuries reported. After a delayed flight, the Delta Boeing 757-200 – registered N543US –

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RUSSIAN SU-27 CHASED AWAY SPANISH F-18 FROM RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER’S PLANE

Spanish F-18 fighter chased away by Russian Su-27

BALTIC SEA – Last week on August 13, a Russian Air Force Su-27 fighter jet – escorting the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu – ‘chased away’ a Spanish Air Force EF-18 with a pretty dangerous maneuver, by banking close towards the EF-18. According to Russian state-run media, the Spanish fighter jet came too close to

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THE FORMER JAPANESE ‘AIR FORCE ONE’ IS UP FOR SALE

JASDF Air Force One at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol © JERRY TAHA

LOS ANGELES – Anyone who has always dreamed of owning their own luxury Boeing 747; this is your chance to buy one of Japan’s two former government aircraft. It’s for sale now for 28 million dollars (about 25 million euros). A company in California is selling this beautiful Queen of the Skies. Japanese Prime Minister

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VIDEO – SMOOTH LANDING OF TUI B787 WITH EXTREME CROSSWIND DURING STORM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

TUI B787 Storm Landing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

AMSTERDAM – Hairy conditions last weekend at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with strong gusts up to 100 kph (62 mph) and some windshear on short final. Watch how this TUI fly B787 had to battle the storm and the extreme crosswind when it lands pretty smooth on runway 18R, also known as the Polderbaan. A Summer

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URAL AIRLINES AIRBUS A321 CRASH LANDED IN CORNFIELD DUE TO MASSIVE BIRD STRIKE

Ural Airlines A321 Crash Landed in Cornfield

MOSCOW – A Ural Airlines Airbus A321 packed with tourists made a terrifying emergency landing in a cornfield on Thursday morning. The aircraft, with 234 passengers on board, had just taken off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport, when it flew into a flock of birds. According to Ural Airlines, Flight U6178 landed in a cornfield just

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NEW YORKER IS ONLY PASSENGER ON DELTA PLANE

New Yorker is Only Passenger on Delta Plane

ASPEN, COLORADO – Last week a New York man was very surprised when he was about to board his plane. 35-year-old Vincent Peone could not believe his eyes when he realized that he was the only passenger on a SkyWest Delta flight from Aspen to Salt Lake City. Peone received a special treatment during his

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VIDEO – WATCH HOW IT’S LIKE TO FLY ON BRITISH AIRWAYS’ BRAND NEW A350-1000

British Airways A350 Inaugural Flight Report

LONDON – YouTube Aviation Vlogger Sam Chui joined British Airways’ A350-1000 inaugural flight last week from London to Madrid on August 5, 2019. Join Sam when he explores the new Business Class cabin (Club World Suite), Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) and Economy (World Traveller) on the flight to Madrid. Watch how it’s like to

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VIDEO – NORWEGIAN B787 EXTREME CROSSWIND LANDING DURING STORM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

NORWEGIAN B787 extreme crosswind landing during storm at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Hairy conditions on Saturday at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with strong gusts up to 100 kph (62 mph) and some windshear on short final. Watch how this stunning Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787 had to battle the storm to land safely on runway 18R, also known as the Polderbaan. A Summer Storm

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VIDEO – TURKISH A330 GO AROUND AND LANDING DURING STORM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

Turkish Airlines A330 Go Around and Landing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Hairy conditions today at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with strong gusts up to 100 kph (62 mph) and some windshear on short final. Watch how this Turkish Airlines A330 had to battle the storm and perform a Go Around to finally land safely on runway 18R, also known as the Polderbaan. A

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GARUDA INDONESIA PROMOTES THE ARCHIPELAGO’S TOURISM AND CULTURE IN A SERIES OF NEW SAFETY VIDEOS

Garuda Indonesia's New Safety Video

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Garuda Indonesia has recorded a series of new safety videos last week, titled “Keindahan Indonesia” (The Beauty of Indonesia). In the safety videos, the airline not only deals with safety on board, but also promotes the unique features of Indonesia as a destination. Various cultural and natural aspects of Indonesia are highlighted in the

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VIDEO – RUSSIA SHOWCASES ‘HUNTER’ COMBAT DRONE ON ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT

Russian AF showcases its brand new Hunter combat drone on its maiden flight

MOSCOW – Russian Air Force’s heavyweight combat drone ‘Hunter’ has made it’s maiden flight. The combat drone is designed by Sukhoi, and is said to be able to collect intelligence and to strike enemy targets. The technical specs of the brand new UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) still remain a secret, although some media reports suggest

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VIDEO – RYANAIR B737 REJECTED TAKE OFF AT FULL SPEED AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT

Ryanair B737 rejected take off at Manchester Airport

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – A hairy moment at Manchester Airport on July 24, 2019. A Ryanair 737 didn’t get far taking off after the aircraft made a quick stop on the runway with puffs of smoke, due to a windshear warning. After the Rejected Take Off (RTO), the aircraft then returned to the tarmac, and Flight

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VIDEO – BRITISH AIRWAYS’ A350 INAUGURAL FLIGHT

British Airway A350 first commercial flight

LONDON – British Airways’ brand new A350-1000 (G-XWBA) has made its first commercial flight on Monday August 5, 2019. The aircraft departed for its inaugural flight at 1:40 PM Local Time as Flight BA460 from London Heathrow to Madrid. In the coming weeks, the A350 will be used daily between both airports, which are the

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VIDEO – RAF CHINOOK DEPLOYED TO HELP ‘CRITICAL’ WHALEY BRIDGE DAM

RAF Chinook Deployed to Help ‘Critical’ Whaley Bridge Dam

WHALEY BRIDGE, ENGLAND – Since Thursday August 1, a section of wall on the 188 years old Whaley Bridge Dam has collapsed. The structure was at a ‘critical’ point and engineers feared the dam could collapse. 6000 residents from Whaley Bridge were evacuated as a precaution. A RAF Chinook helicopter was deployed to drop 400

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RUSSIAN AF IL-76s BATTLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZES OF WILDFIRES IN SIBERIA

Russian IL-76s battle to contain the blazes in Siberia

SIBERIA, RUSSIA – Wildfires in Siberia are common. But this summer unusually hot weather, dry thunderstorms and strong winds have combined to spark an emergency. More than 2.5 million hectares of forest are on fire throughout several regions in Siberia. A state of emergency has been declared in the five hardest-hit regions of Siberia. Last

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FRANK ZAPATA CROSSED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON HIS FLYBOARD AIR

Zapata crossed the English Channel on his Flyboard Air

CALAIS, FRANCE – Flying Frenchman Franky Zapata made aviation history on Sunday August 4, 2019 by crossing the English Channel on his Flyboard Air. This was Zapata’s second attempt to cross the Channel, after he failed 10 days ago, on July 25. Zapata’s dream came true on Sunday, when he became the first man in

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FIREFIGHTING PLANE CRASHED IN FRANCE

A Securité Civile Grumman S-2T Turbo Firecat crashed today

GÉNÉRAC, FRANCE – A Securité Civile Conair S-2 Turbo Firecat firefighting plane has crashed this afternoon shortly after 5:00 PM Local Time in the area of Générac in France. The pilot was killed in the tragic crash, while battling the fires in the area. The pilot of the Firecat (former Grumman S-2 Tracker from the

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VIDEO – TAKE A FIRST LOOK INSIDE BRITISH AIRWAYS’ BRAND NEW A350-1000

First look inside the brand new British Airways A350

HEATHROW AIRPORT, LONDON – British Airways has just received their first brand new Airbus A350-1000 last weekend. Let’s take a look of the new cabin interiors Aviation Blogger Sam Chui. The A350-1000 arrived a day late due to ATC issues and it landed on a different runway, resulting in some disappointment from the waiting aviation

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PILOT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING ON BUSY WASHINGTON STATE ROAD

Plane lands on road in Spanaway, Washington

SPANAWAY, WASHINGTON – A pilot made a thrilling emergency landing Thursday morning on Pacific Avenue in Spanaway, due to a ‘fuel system malfunction.’ The road was quite busy at the time during morning rush hour in Spanaway, just outside Seattle. The emergency landing was captured on a Trooper’s dashcam. The pilot landed safely and managed to

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AIR CANADA AND SOUTHWEST ARE REMOVING BOEING 737 MAX FLIGHTS FROM SCHEDULE TILL EARLY 2020

Air Canada will not fly Boeing 737 MAX until 2020

MONTREAL, CANADA – Air Canada, Canada’s flagship carrier, has given up hopes to resume its flights with the Boeing 737 MAX in 2019. Air Canada announced it will remove 737 MAX flights from its schedule until at least early January, 2020. Earlier on July 25, Southwest also removed 737 MAX flights from its schedule till

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RELIVE THE COMPLETE EAA AIRVENTURE NIGHT AIRSHOW AT OSHKOSH

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Night Airshow

OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN – Watch the complete Night Airshow from last Saturday of Oshkosh 2019. This is definitely the most awesome Night Airshow in the world. An F-22 full afterburner demo in twilight, illuminated planes flying in formation, a jet powered truck, a MiG-17 with full afterburner in complete darkness, massive fireworks. You name it, you’ll

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SPECTACULAR VIDEO OF AER LINGUS A320 AT IRISH AIRSHOW

Aer Lingus Shamrock 1936 formation at Bray Air Festival

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Aer Lingus has released a spectacular video of Sunday’s opener at Bray Air Display; Shamrock 1936, a formation flight with Irish Air Corps’ Team Silver – with their Pilatus PC-9s – and an Aer Lingus A320 in its new livery. The stunning footage – taken with cameras from inside the cockpit, from

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VIDEO – BRITISH AIRWAYS ~ A350 LASERDROME

British Airways - A350 Laserdrome

LONDON – British Airways is the first airline in the world to have mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high. Enjoy this stunning video of British Airways’ A350 lasershow! ☆☆☆ (Image: from British Airways video)

PAKISTAN ARMY PLANE CRASHED NEAR ISLAMABAD, KILLING 18 PEOPLE

Pakistan Army plane crash

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Early on Tuesday, a Pakistan Army aircraft crashed in a residential area in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad. All 5 crew members and 13 civilians were killed, 12 more people were injured, an army statement said. The crash happened during a routine training flight. According to a Pakistan Army spokesperson, all 5

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VIDEO – AWESOME F-22 RAPTOR TWILIGHT AFTERBURNER DEMO AT OSHKOSH 2019

F-22 Twilight Demo at Oskosh 2019

OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN – See how the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team performs a Heritage Flight with three P-51 Mustangs and an awesome, modified, non-aerobatic demonstration profile in twilight, during the Wednesday night airshow at EAA AirVenture 2019 in Oshkosh. Look for the glowing afterburner! The jet was not allowed to perform aerobatics due

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THURSDAY WAS THE BUSIEST DAY EVER FOR AVIATION

THE BUSIEST DAY EVER FOR AVIATION

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Thursday July 25, 2019 was the busiest day ever in the international aviation industry. More than 230,000 flights were observable via flight tracking service Flightradar24. The popular flight tracking site reported that 225,000 flights took place on Wednesday. The animated image that was recorded in Flightradar24’s tweet on Thursday shows the incredibly

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VIDEO – FIRST LANDING OF BRITISH AIRWAYS A350 AT HEATHROW AIRPORT

First landing of British Airways A350 at Heathrow Airport

LONDON – British Airways has received its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, registered as G-XWBA. The brand new aircraft touched down for the first time on Saturday July 27 at its new home – London Heathrow Airport. British Airways is due to receive 4 A350 aircraft by the end of the year. The G-XWBA will operate

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VENEZUELAN AIR FORCE SU-30 FLANKER AGGRESSIVELY SHADOWED U.S. NAVY EP-3 ARIES II

Venezuelan Air Force Su-30 Flanker intercepting U.S. Navy EP-3E ARIES II

WASHINGTON – On July 21, the U.S. military accused a Venezuelan SU-30MK2 Flanker of ‘aggressively’ shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II at an unsafe distance in international airspace over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, jeopardizing the crew and aircraft, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries. The EP-3 aircraft, flying

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2-YEAR-OLD INJURED AFTER TAKING RIDE ON ATLANTA AIRPORT CONVEYOR BELT

ATLANTA – A 2-year-old child climbed onto a baggage conveyor belt at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Monday and was carried down to the airport’s TSA (Transportation Security Administration) bag room. The boy was rescued, but got injured during his wild ride. The mother of 2-year-old Lorenzo panicked when she saw him dissapear behind the black

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MAN CLIMBS ON PLANE WING JUST BEFORE TAKE OFF

LAGOS, NIGERIA – A man who climbed onto the wing of an Azman Air aircraft – as it prepared for take off – has been reportedly arrested last week. The incident took place at Lagos Airport in Nigeria. The pilot of the aircaft was preparing for take off, when he spotted the man walking towards

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RUSSIAN AND CHINESE STRATEGIC BOMBERS ON FIRST JOINT PATROL IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

The Russian Air Force has released footage of its Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers, accompanied by Chinese Air Force Xian H-6 bombers. It’s a first-of-its-kind joint patrol of their long-range aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russians said. Japan and South Korea claimed earlier that the bombers violated their airspace. According to the Russians and

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PATROUILLE DE FRANCE JET CRASHED AT PERPIGNAN AIRPORT IN FRANCE

PERPIGNAN-RIVESALTES, FRANCE – Alpha Jet #2 of French Air Force Aerobatics Team Patrouille de France, crashed this morning at Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF) in the South of France, near the Spanish border. The pilot survived the crash, but was slightly injured. The Alpha Jet of Patrouille de France exited the runway at the Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport this morning,

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FRANKY ZAPATA TRIED TO CROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON HIS FLYBOARD AIR

Franky Zapata tried to cross the English Channel on his Flyboard Air

CALAIS, FRANCE – Franky Zapata is making aviation history today, by attempting to cross the English Channel on his Flyboard Air to mark the 110th anniversary of the first flight between Britain and France by French aviator Louis Bleriot on July 25, 1909 – who also left from Sangatte. Today a live stream from Euronews on

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ANGRY WOMAN ASSAULTS BOYFRIEND WITH LAPTOP IN AMERICAN AIRLINES AIRCRAFT

MIAMI – The Miami Police have arrested a woman who assaulted her boyfriend aboard an American Airlines Boeing 737. After hitting him, the ‘lady’ assaulted the man with a laptop and then hit him again a few times. The incident took place on board a plane at Miami Airport on Sunday. Footage of the incident

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EMERGENCY LANDING STOPS USAF F-16 VIPER DEMO TEAM DISPLAY AT RIAT 2019

F-16 Viper Demo Team Emergency landing III

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – Scarey moments on the last day of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford Air Base. The USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team’s display had to stop the display, due to a damaged aircraft. The pilot landed the F-16 safely. The display Sunday was short lived as only a few minutes

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LOCKHEED MARTIN ENGINEERS ARE EVOLVING MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS WITH REVOLUTIONARY SIMPLICITY

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – Lockheed Martin is helping their customers redefine the battle space across all domains – air, land, sea, space and cyber. Lockheed Martin’s connective Multi-Domain solutions make every warfighter, every platform, every asset – a sensor, a processing node, a weapon. Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) is evolving warfighting by synchronizing major weapons systems and

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THE ROMANIAN AIR FORCE MIG-21 LANCER – HIGHLIGHT OF THE RIAT 2019 AIRSHOW

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – An extreme rare sight at airshows in Europe nowadays; the old iconic MiG-21 LanceR! Last year the Cold War fighter from the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) was scheduled to fly a demo at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), but unfortunately the demo was cancelled due to a crash, which occured two

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SPECTACULAR FLYBY BRITISH AIRWAYS B747 WITH THE RAF RED ARROWS AT RIAT 2019

Spectacular Flyby British Airways and Red Arrows

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – British Airways’ special-liveried Boeing 747 took to the skies alongside the Red Arrows in a spectacular fly by at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo. The Boeing 747 has been painted in the colours of the airline’s predecessor – British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) – to mark its centenary celebrations this year.

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THIS MUST BE THE MOST AWESOME TAKE OFF YOU HAVE EVER SEEN!

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – If you think you’ve already seen the most spectacular and awesome take off ever, check out this video! The pilot of the USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team is performing a tight turn with full afterburner, just seconds after take off and only about 90 feet (27 meters) off the ground at RIAT

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FRANCE AND INDIA – JOINT TACTICAL EXERCISE GARUDA 2019

MONT-DE-MARSAN, FRANCE – From July 1 to 12, French Rafales, French Mirage 2000s and Indian Flankers operated together during joint tactical exercise GARUDA 2019 in France. The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed 4 Su-30MKI Flankers, belonging to the 15th Wing (based at Bareily AFS), along with an Il-78MKI Midas aerial refueler from the 78th Sqn

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3 KILLED IN PLANE CRASH IN AUSTRIAN ALPS

LEUTASCH, AUSTRIA – Three people died on Thursday in a crash of a single-engine aircraft in the Tyrolean Alps, not far from the border with Germany, police spokesman Stefan Eder confirmed Tiroler Tageszeitung Online Friday morning. The Austrian police spokesman was not yet able to make any statements about the identity of the victims or about the

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THE IMPACT OF THE BOEING 737 MAX GROUNDING

SEATTLE, WA – KING 5 Aviation Specialist Glenn Farley explains in this video how the lack of 737 deliveries is impacting American Airlines and other airlines in the world. It looks like it’s going to take more time for Boeing to fix the software problems of the 737 MAX. The 737 MAX could be grounded until the

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GIANT RC A-10 THUNDERBOLT II WITH BRRRT & FLARES!

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a beautiful and iconic jet and getting rare at airshows in the U.S., and in Europe the ‘Warthog’ is a real rarity nowadays. The chance to see an A-10 at European airshows is at an RC airshow. And how awesome is that? OK, it isn’t quite the same, but radio-controlled

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THREE DEAD, FOUR MISSING IN FLOAT PLANE CRASH IN CANADA

JONQUIERE, QUEBEC – An Air Saguenay float plane crashed on Monday, killing three people. Four are still missing after the plane crashed into a lake in Labrador, a remote part on the eastern coast of Canada, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The pilot, two guides and four passengers were aboard the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The

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SPECTACULAR VIDEO OF F-35 DEMO FROM INSIDE THE COCKPIT

Spectacular Footage of F-35 Demo From Inside The Cockpit

MIAMI BEACH, FL – For the first time the USAF F-35 Demo Team is giving an inside look of the F-35 during an airshow demo, as F-35 Demo pilot Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson performs the new demonstration over Miami Beach during the Hyundai Air & Sea Show on May 26, 2019. ☆ ☆☆ ☆☆☆ (Head

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JET-POWERED FLYBOARD STEALS THE SHOW AT BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FRANCE

Jet-powered flyboard soars over Paris for Bastille Day parade

PARIS, FRANCE – Is it a drone? Is it a plane? Could it be the Green Goblin? No, it’s Franky Zapata with his Flyboard Air. Zapata is a former jetskiing champion, French military reservist and he is the inventor of the Flyboard Air. This year’s Bastille Day celebrations in France featured Zapata hovering above Paris

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AERIALS OF GROUNDED BOEING 737 MAX AIRCRAFT AT SEATTLE’S BOEING FIELD

BOEING FIELD/RENTON FACTORY, SEATTLE, WA – Aerial footage from Seattle’s King 5 News show a sad sight; dozens of Boeing 737 Max aircraft remain grounded at Boeing Field and Renton Factory in Seattle on Tuesday July 9, four months after the second deadly crash with the 737 MAX in Ethiopia. The grounded 737 MAX aircraft

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F-22s DEPLOY TO QATAR FOR THE FIRST TIME

LANGLEY AFB, VA – On June 27, F-22 Raptors from the 1st FW, 27th FS deployed to Al Udeid AB in Qatar, from Langley AFB in Virginia. Nearly a dozen F-22s deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, due

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DELTA MD-88 MADE EMERGENCY LANDING DUE TO DAMAGED ENGINE

DELTA MD-88 MADE EMERGENCY LANDING DUE TO DAMAGED ENGINE

RALEIGH, NC – On Monday July 8, 2019 a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Baltimore made an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina, after the nose cone of the left engine came loose. The MD-88 with 154 people on board landed safely without any passengers or flight crew being injured. Safe emergency landing The

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COLLISION BETWEEN KLM B737 AND EASYJET A320 AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

KLM B737 and easyJet A320 collided at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, NETHERLANDS – A KLM Boeing 737 and Easyjet A320 collided at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Tuesday morning. The ground collision is probably caused by an error of an air traffic controller. The two aircraft had been given permission simultaneously to be pushed back from the gate and came into contact with each other, only

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PILATUS PC-24 BUSINESS JET LANDS ON GRASS RUNWAY

GOODWOOD, ENGLAND – A PC-24 landed on a grass runway in Goodwood last week for the legendary Festival of Speed. The Pilatus PC-24 is the first ever business jet to land at this field. The PC-24 landed on the grass runway at Goodwood Aerodrome and was on display for the general public to admire throughout

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VIDEO – TWO GREEK PHANTOMS DEPARTING VOLKEL AIR BASE IN THE NETHERLANDS

VOLKEL AB, NETHERLANDS – A rare sight nowadays, but what an awesome one! 2 Hellenic Air Force F-4E Phantom II’s departing from Volkel AB in the Netherlands on June 17, 2019 (departure day) after the RNLAF Luchtmachtdagen 2019 airshow. 61 years after its first flight, the F-4 remains in service in Europe with Greece, and Turkey. Other countries in

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100 DAY COUNTDOWN TO KLM’S 100th ANNIVERSARY

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL, NETHERLANDS – On Saturday June 29, 2019 a smashing event kicked off the 100 day countdown to KLM’s 100th anniversary, on October 7. One day later, on Sunday June 30, 2019 the first KLM Boeing 787-10 arrived at Schiphol Airport. This sustainable and energy-efficient aircraft is called ‘Orange Blossom’ and carries the

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A PILOT’S PERSPECTIVE: LIFESAVING AUTO GCAS TECHNOLOGY

A Pilot's Perspective: Lifesaving Auto GCAS Technology

The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) is an on-board system that prevents an aircraft from impacting the ground by automatically pulling the aircraft up before an accident can occur. Auto GCAS has been flight tested and integrated on the USAF Block 40/50 F-16s. USAF fighter pilot ‘Monessa’ explains what it means to her to fly with Auto

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BRITISH F-35s COMPLETE FIRST OPERATIONAL MISSIONS

RAF STATION AKROTIRI, CYPRUS – According to the Ministry of Defence of the UK, the British F-35B has successfully completed its first operational missions in the Middle East on June 16, 2019. UK’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the F-35B – Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) variant of the F-35 Ligtning II –

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BOMBARDIER SELLS CRJ AIRCRAFT PROGRAMME TO MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

MIRABEL, CANADA – Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier sells its CRJ programme to Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation from Japan. As a result, Bombardier will stop its commercial aircraft division completely. The $550 Million deal is expected to close in the first half of 2020, but still has to be approved by the authorities, but no problems are

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JF-17 THUNDER DEMO AT PARIS AIRSHOW 2019

PARIS LE BOURGET AIRPORT, FRANCE – After the last ‘acte de présence’ of the Pakistani/Chinese JF-17 at the Paris Airshow in 2015, the fighter jet was back in Paris last week for the 53rd edition of the Salon du Bourget / Paris Airshow 2019 to give some awesome demos, showcasing its capabilities. The aircraft manufacturers

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TWO EUROFIGHTER JETS HAVE COLLIDED IN MID-AIR AND CRASHED IN GERMANY

MALCHOW, GERMANY – Two Eurofighter aircraft of the German Air Force collided in the northeast of the country above the town of Malchow this afternoon. The Eurofighter aircraft crashed, but the 2 pilots were able to use the ejection seats of the aircraft. The German Air Force has confirmed the crash of its 2 Eurofighter

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TEN INJURED PEOPLE ON ALK AIRLINES B737 FLIGHT DUE TO EXTREME TURBULENCE

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Very scary moments on an ALK Airlines flight from Kosovo to Switzerland last week. Extreme turbulence caused a flight attendant to be smashed into the ceiling of the cabin and 10 passengers were injured. ALK Airlines B737-300 (reg. LZ-MVK) performing Flight VBB7205 from Pristina (Kosovo) to Basel (Switzerland) and Mulhouse (France) with

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VIDEO – WATCH THE PARIS AIRSHOW 2019 LIVE STREAM NOW

Watch the live stream of the last day of the Paris Airshow

PARIS LE BOURGET AIRPORT, FRANCE -The 53rd Paris Airshow takes place at Paris Le Bourget Airport in France from 17 – 23 June 2019, and will bring together all the players in the global aviation industry around the latest technological innovations. The first 4 days of the show will be reserved for trade visitors, followed

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NASA RELEASED VIDEO OF A FALLING FOKKER F-28

LANGLEY, VA – NASA has released footage of a Fokker F-28 falling from tens of feet off the ground. NASA conducted a crash test at the Landing and Impact Research Facility (LandIR) in Langley. There were 24 crash test dummies aboard the aircraft. The F-28, the predecessor of the Fokker 70/100, is the largest aircraft

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USMC F-35 FLIES OVER WHITE HOUSE

USMC F-35 Flyover White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda took time away from their talks last week to watch an F-35 fighter jet fly over the White House. The two were joined by their wives to watch the fly-over. The F-35 pilot started the fly-over with a fast pass and ended it

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VIDEO – AWESOME TAKE OFF RNLAF F-35 AT DUTCH AIR FORCE DAYS

RNLAF F-35 F-008 Volkel AB

VOLKEL AIR BASE, NETHERLANDS – Watch in this awesome video how a brand new RNLAF F-35A Lightning II takes off during the Saturday show of the RNLAF Luchtmachtdagen (Air Force Days) 2019. This F-35A was just delivered to the RNLAF a few weeks before the airshow. ☆☆☆ (Image: from JERRY TAHA AVIATION video on YouTube)

VIDEO – WATCH LIVE STREAM OF THE RNLAF LUCHTMACHTDAGEN 2019 AIRSHOW AT VOLKEL AB

RNLAF Luchtmachtdagen

VOLKEL AIR BASE, NETHERLANDS – Watch the complete Saturday broadcast of the awesome Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Luchtmachtdagen 2019 Airshow. It’s a bi-annual event that takes place at different airbases in the Netherlands every 2 year. You can watch demos with Dutch aircraft and aircraft from other NATO-countries, from the past and present. Presenters

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VIDEO – TAKE A RIDE WITH THE BLUE ANGELS IN 360 DEGREE VIEW

US Navy Blue Angels in 360 view

NAS PENSACOLA, FL. Last year the U.S. Navy already produced an awesome video of the Blue Angels with a 360 degree camera. Last month the U.S. Navy did it again! This 360 degree video will take you on a stunning ride with the elite pilots of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team and one of the

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HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO BUILDING IN MANHATTAN

787 7th Avenue, New York

NEW YORK – A helicopter crash-landed onto a roof of a building in Midtown Manhattan, New York. One death has been reported, according to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). The pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter. No one else was injured in the crash. The plane crashed Monday afternoon on a

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MILITARY FLYOVERS AND PARADROPPINGS MARK 75th COMMEMORATION OF D-DAY IN NORMANDY

Dakota D-Day

NORMANDY, FRANCE – This week the 75th Anniversary of D-Day was commemorated in England and France. The last veterans, military service members, world leaders and dignitaries – including Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump – took part in events commemorating D-Day in Portsmouth, England on Wednesday. On Thursday, President Trump attended commemoration events in

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FIRST AIRBUS A330neo DELIVERED TO DELTA AIRLINES

Delta A330neo

TOULOUSE – After receiving the 12,000th Airbus aircraft earlier this year, Delta Air Lines has received the first of 35 ordered A330neos on May 24, 2019. Delta ordered the longest version, the A330-900, which can accommodate 281 passengers. The A330neo should gradually replace the Boeing 767 on distant flights. The A330neo made its first flight

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AIRBUS CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Airbus 50th Anniversary

TOULOUSE – The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus celebrated its 50th anniversary last Wednesday. In honor of this special celebration, a formation flight was conducted over Airbus’ home base in Toulouse, France. The A220, A319neo, A330neo, A350-1000, A380 and Beluga XL participated in the special formation flight. They were escorted by the Patrouille de France aerobatic

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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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FIRST FLYING DOCTORS PC-24 LANDING ON AN UNPAVED STRIP IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

First Flying Doctors PC-24 landing on an unpaved strip in the Australian Outback

KINGOONYA, AUSTRALIA – The very first PC-24 of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) with serial number 118 arrived in Australia in April 2019. A few days later, the PC-24 made its first landings on unpaved strips in Kingoonya, a small and almost totally abandoned farming settlement in the central outback of the

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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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VIDEO – SPIDER-MAN STARS IN UNITED’S NEW INFLIGHT SAFETY VIDEO

Spider-Man stars in United safety video

CHICAGO – According to USA TODAY, passengers flying with United Airlines will get their safety instructions onboard from one of Stan Lee’s most popular Superheroes; Spider-Man. The Superhero stars in the new safety video, which will also promote the new film Spider-Man: ‘Far From Home’, which will be in cinemas starting July 2. The safety video

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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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VIDEO – WINGSUIT FLYING; HIGH ADRENALINE ACTION IN THE SKY

Wingsuit

Are these guys very brave or just crazy? One thing’s for sure; what they do is awesome and very spectacular. The speeds these guys are flying with is amazing. One tiny error and you’re dead with those speeds. Watching these spectacular wingsuit flying clips will either make you want to try it out for yourself

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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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