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

VIDEO – FAREWELL FLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN AIRLINES MD-80

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 O’Hare was American’s last commercial flight ever with the old Mad … Continue reading VIDEO – FAREWELL FLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN AIRLINES MD-80

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

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

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 will be American’s last commercial flight ever with the old … Continue reading AMERICAN AIRLINES IS RETIRING THE MD-80 ‘MAD DOG’ AFTER 36 YEARS

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

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 80 was an American quadjet-prototype aircraft built by Boeing to … Continue reading THE DAY A BOEING TEST PILOT PERFORMED A BARREL ROLL WITH THE 707

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 30, 2016) was an American engineer for the Boeing Airline … Continue reading REMEMBERING JOE SUTTER, ‘FATHER OF THE BOEING 747’

Zapata crossed the English Channel on his Flyboard Air

FRANK 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 history to cross the English Channel flying on a jet-powered … Continue reading FRANK ZAPATA CROSSED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON HIS FLYBOARD AIR

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 special KLM100 logo. KLM 100th Anniversary Although British Airways is … Continue reading 100 DAY COUNTDOWN TO KLM’S 100th ANNIVERSARY

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

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 Normandy, France with French President Macron and other world leaders. … Continue reading MILITARY FLYOVERS AND PARADROPPINGS MARK 75th COMMEMORATION OF D-DAY IN NORMANDY

Airbus 50th Anniversary

AIRBUS CELEBRATES ITS 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 team. Airbus was established on May 29, 1969. The first … Continue reading AIRBUS CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Niki Lauda

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

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 Monday,” his family said in a statement to the Austrian … Continue reading AVIATOR AND FORMULA 1 RACING LEGEND NIKI LAUDA DIES AT THE AGE OF 70