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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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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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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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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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SECOND BRITISH AIRWAYS RETRO LIVERY WILL FEATURE BEA COLORS ON A319

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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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