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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- New York to London Milky Way

    06/14/2014 5:23:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | June 14, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Bright stars of Sagittarius and the center of our Milky Way Galaxy lie just off the wing of a Boeing 747 in this astronomical travel photo. The stratospheric scene was captured earlier this month during a flight from New York to London, 11,0000 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. Of course the sky was clear and dark at that altitude, ideal conditions for astronomical imaging. But there were challenges to overcome while looking out a passenger window of the aircraft moving at nearly 1,000 kilometers per hour (600 mph). Over 90 exposures of 30 seconds or less were attempted with...
  • Boeing cargo jet lands at wrong Kansas airport, unable to take off because of short runway

    11/21/2013 5:47:03 AM PST · by george76 · 97 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 21, 2013
    A Boeing Dreamlifter cargo jet, with a cargo hold among the largest by volume, accidentally landed at the wrong airport in Kansas Wednesday night, and was unable to take off due to the short runway. According to KWCH News, this type of plane requires 9,200 feet to take off whereas the runway at the airport is only 6,101 feet.
  • Plane lands at wrong Kansas airport; will try takeoff on short runway

    11/21/2013 10:48:13 AM PST · by bgill · 91 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Michael Muskal
    Atlas Air 747 Dreamlifter, a cargo plane that is a modified 747 that landed at the wrong airport on Wednesday. It is scheduled to try to take off Thursday even though the runway is considered too short for such a large plane. The cargo plane left New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for McConnell Air Force Base.
  • Southland Man Spares No Expense To Create Replica Pan Am 747

    03/02/2013 8:40:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | March 1, 2013 9:24 PM | Amy Johnson
    CITY OF INDUSTRY (CBSLA.com) — One Southland man has spared no expense to recreate a mock 1970s Pan Am 747 that’s now on display at a warehouse in the city of Industry. As CBS2′s Amy Johnson reports, Anthony Toth has been working on a life-size model plane for about 35 years, moving it from place to place before finally having it settle into a 3000 square-foot warehouse. “When I was 5 years old, I boarded a 747 back in the early 70s with my family on a trip to Europe and the experience actually changed my life forever,” Toth said....
  • Laser Horizons

    04/01/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | John A. Tirpak
    Functional laser weapons are just five years away. Advocates hope that won’t always be the case. The Air Force has been working on airborne laser weapons for more than 40 years, but a fielded system remains elusive. Experts also warn that the US does not enjoy a commanding lead in laser research. And the Air Force’s flagship laser weapon program, the Airborne Laser (later called the Airborne Laser Testbed) was terminated late last year and is now being dismantled. Still, service and industry experts predict there is plenty of reason for realistic optimism. Operational laser systems that can perform a...
  • US mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon

    03/04/2012 11:28:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/1/2012 | CBS News
    The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. Budget cuts shot down the Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. "We didn't have the funding to continue flying the aircraft," agency spokeswoman Debra Christman told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/xEnw3z ). The plane, a Boeing 747 mounted with a high-energy chemical laser, has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the agency said. The base near Tucson, Ariz., serves...
  • Jumbo jet forced to make screeching halt at JFK to avoid Egypt Air plane

    06/22/2011 7:32:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 22, 2011
    A Jumbo jet, with 286 passengers on board, had a terrifying near miss when it was forced to screech to a halt to avoid colliding with another plane that had turned into its path. The Lufthansa Boeing 747 was accelerating along a runway as it prepared to take off at Kennedy Airport, New York, when it narrowly avoided slamming into an EgyptAir Boeing 777.
  • 'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario

    06/12/2011 8:46:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 96 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 7, 2011 | MICHAEL MURRAY
    'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario By MICHAEL MURRAY June 7, 2011 In the event of nuclear war, a powerful meteor strike or even a zombie apocalypse, the thoroughly protected doomsday plane is ready to keep the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and other key personnel in the air and out of danger. It may not deflect a Twitter photo scandal, but it can outrun a nuclear explosion and stay in the air for days without refueling. The flight team for the E-4B, its military codename, sleeps nearby and is ready to...
  • First United 747 debuts in new paint scheme

    02/24/2011 1:18:05 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 24, 2011 | Julie Johnsson
    United Airlines released the first pictures Thursday of its largest jet, the Boeing 747-400, repainted with the new logo and color scheme adopted by the Chicago-based carrier as part of its 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.
  • Boeing unveils new, bigger 747-8 jet to cool response

    02/14/2011 1:34:22 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/13/2011 | Roland Gribben
    Boeing rolled out a new bigger jumbo jet on Sunday almost 42 years to the day since the 747 changed the face of the travel industry. The 747-8 carries 467 passengers, 51 more than the current 747 range, burns less fuel, has new wings, tail and engines, is more comfortable and is 19 feet longer, says Boeing. Airlines have given a cool reception to the new plane with Boeing so far picking up only 33 orders from two airlines, Lufthansa and Korean Air Lines. The first plane off the production line will go to a VIP customer later this year....
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental rollout

    02/13/2011 6:33:31 PM PST · by djwright · 38 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 2/13/2011 | King 5 news
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  • Boeing Phantom Ray Takes a Ride on NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

    12/16/2010 8:52:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Boeing News ^ | 12/13/2010 | Boeing News
    The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system sits atop a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747, as it takes off at 1:40 p.m. Central time for today's test flight at Lambert International Airport. The 50-minute flight was conducted in preparation for Phantom Ray's upcoming transport on the SCA to the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "This is exciting not just because it's the first time that an aircraft other than the space shuttle has flown on the SCA, but also because it puts Phantom Ray that much closer to making its first...
  • United Airlines 747 flies low over the Golden Gate Bridge (video)

    United Airlines 747 flies low over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • 747-8's one million pound takeoff

    08/25/2010 10:28:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Boeing ^ | 8/23/10 | Bernard Choi
    The airplane starts accelerating down the runway. In the flight deck, Captain Paul Stemer feels the weight of the situation. "It's a lot of mass, a lot of energy. I have to stay ahead of it." It's up to Capt. Stemer to command RC521, the second 747-8 Freighter, into defying gravity and lifting more than 1 million pounds into the air. It's a feat neither he nor any Boeing Flight Test pilot before him has ever attempted. While the airplane gathers speed, 100 knots, 120, 140, now 160 knots, the amount of available runway quickly evaporates. RC521 still needs to...
  • Airborne Laser Gears Up for Next Shoot-down Test

    06/21/2010 1:28:20 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Space News ^ | 6/18/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The Pentagon’s Airborne Laser (ABL) is being prepared for a late July test in which it will attempt to shoot down an ascending target missile from twice the distance of the aircraft’s previous intercept tests, the program’s top official said. Originally conceived as an operational military system that would use a high-power chemical laser to destroy ballistic missiles in the early stages of flight, the ABL platform — only one has been built — has been relegated to the role of technology test-bed. The program is funded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) through September, but its future is...
  • Forbidden Aircraft Flock To Iran

    05/31/2010 7:54:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 632+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    A British aircraft broker (Balli Aviation Ltd.) was recently fined $17 million dollars, and put on probation for five years, for illegally exporting three Boeing 747s to Iran two years ago. The broker pled guilty and cooperated with the investigation. Iran has eight Boeing 747s, and they cannot be exported to Iran without a U.S. government permit. The U.S. refuses to provide these permits, so Iran obtains these aircraft via fraud and companies that are willing to risk prosecution. The Boeing and AirBus aircraft obtained this way have to be maintained by Iran, using smuggled parts. As a result, some...
  • What’s Next for Airborne Laser?

    04/02/2010 10:03:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 519+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/2/2010 | Thomas Duffy
    The ABL did everything it was supposed to do. Now, the Pentagon wants to call it quits. On the night of Feb. 11, off the coast of Southern California, the Missile Defense Agency scored a major achievement by destroying a liquid-fueled ballistic missile target in flight. The important part was that it did so using a laser weapon carried onboard a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. This milestone event constituted the first publicly announced test success for the Airborne Laser (ABL). However, the success was actually the second of its kind within an eight-day period. On Feb. 3, the ABL aircraft was...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 2)

    03/08/2010 11:38:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 782+ views
    Space Review ^ | 3/8/2010 | Dwayne Day
    Many things remain murky about the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory’s sponsorship of an effort starting in 1980 to study the possibility of launching a spaceplane off the back of a 747. AFRPL was located at Edwards Air Force Base and in early December of that year, an AFRPL engineer named Don Hart produced a several page description of what such a vehicle might look like and might be capable of doing. (See: “Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 1)”, The Space Review, February 22, 2010) Very quickly at least one contractor...
  • A stowaway's view from a 747 flight over Africa

    03/05/2010 10:19:15 PM PST · by skeptoid · 28 replies · 1,286+ views
    FlightBlogger ^ | March 5, 2010 | John Ostrower
    Sometime in the last three weeks a 747 departed Johannesburg, South Africa for Maputo, Mozambique with an camera strapped to the nose landing gear looking aft along the fuselage. The result is a stunning piece of HD video taken over African skies. (music leaves something to be desired)
  • Airborne Laser faces uncertain future despite historic intercept test

    02/17/2010 9:48:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 597+ views
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 2/17/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) faces an uncertain future as both a research project and an operational system even after its 1MW-class chemical laser successfully - and historically - destroyed a ballistic missile off the California coast on 11 February. The long-awaited intercept test proved that the modified Boeing 747-400F's key technology - a chemical oxygen iodine laser (Coil) invented by US Air Force researchers in 1977 - is a lethal weapon against ballistic missiles. A week before the ballistic intercept, the ALTB shot down a Terrier Black Brant, a two-stage sounding rocket that presents faster and smaller target to...
  • In test, US airborne laser shoots down missile: Pentagon

    02/12/2010 3:29:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 722+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/12/2010 | AFP
    A high-energy laser mounted on a US military aircraft has shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of the weapon, the US Missile Defense Agency said on Friday. The experiment -- evoking a scene out of a science fiction film -- was carried out off the central California coast at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center at 8:44 pm Thursday Pacific time (0444 GMT), the agency said in a statement. "The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic...
  • Boeing's 747-8 freighter completes first flight

    02/09/2010 7:41:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 930+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/10/2010 | Associated Press
    – Boeing Co.'s giant 747-8 freighter — the biggest plane the company has ever built — successfully completed its first flight Monday, a year later than originally planned. The huge plane took off from Everett's Paine Field shortly after noon and returned to Paine at 4:18 p.m. PST after an approximately 3 1/2-hour flight. A crowd Boeing estimated at more than 5,000 employees, customers, suppliers and other airplane fans gathered to watch the plane take to the air. The flight came just one day short of the 41st anniversary of the first flight of the original 747 model. At 250...
  • 40 Years of 747

    01/19/2010 3:10:08 PM PST · by skeptoid · 21 replies · 941+ views
    FlightBlogger ^ | January 19, 2010 | Jon Ostrower
    In honor of the 40th anniversary of the entry into service of the 747-100 with Pan Am in January 1970, Max Kingsley-Jones and I have authored a package of features commemorating the event. During my visit to Seattle in December for 787 First Flight, I had an opportunity to sit down with Joe Sutter, who served as chief engineer for the 747 program . . . . .
  • In One Man's Garage, Pan Am Still Makes the Going Great

    11/02/2009 8:16:51 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 40 replies · 2,577+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2009 | CANDACE JACKSON
    Mr. Toth's First-Class Obsession Recreates Defunct Airline's Cabin (Spiral Stairs, Too) Fliers nostalgic for the golden era of air travel might want to book a trip to Anthony Toth's garage. Mr. Toth has built a precise replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo in Redondo Beach, Calif. The setup includes almost everything fliers in the late 1970s and 1980s would have found onboard: pairs of red-and-blue reclining seats, original overhead luggage bins and a curved, red-carpeted staircase. Once comfortably ensconced, Mr. Toth's visitors can sip beverages from the...
  • Boeing takes $1 billion hit for jumbo jet program's delays

    10/06/2009 11:18:30 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 09/06/09 | Staff
    Boeing will take a $1 billion charge to its third-quarter earnings to reflect growing production costs and slow demand for the new version of its 747 jumbo jet. The company said this morning that the 747-8 program is in a loss position, meaning Boeing currently projects it will lose money on the plane. Boeing said it now expects the first flight of the 747-8 Freighter to occur by early next year with the flight test program taking place in 2010. As recently as last month, the program's top executive had indicated he expected the first test plane to fly in...
  • Let Us Try Again To Turn The 747 Into A Bomber

    09/06/2009 9:33:49 AM PDT · by em2vn · 85 replies · 3,105+ views
    strategy page ^ | 09-03-09 | james dunnigan
    For the third time in the last decade, the U.S. Air Force is looking at using commercial aircraft as bombers. This time around, it's mainly a matter of cost, with the next generation heavy bomber likely to cost over a billion dollars each, and only carry 30 tons of bombs or missiles. The idea of militarizing 747s first started gaining traction three decades ago, as cruise missiles showed up and many air force analysts did the math and realized that it would be a lot cheaper to launch these missiles from a militarized Boeing 747. The freighter version of the...
  • Passengers flee 747 after smoke fills cabin

    07/11/2009 3:39:26 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies · 979+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 11, 2009
    PHOENIX - Hundreds of passengers aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 preparing to depart for London from the Phoenix airport were forced to use slides to evacuate the jet on Friday night after fumes filled the cabin. No serious injuries were reported among the 298 passengers and 18 crew when the incident occurred at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at about 8 p.m. Arizona time (11 p.m. EDT), Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Shelly Jamison said. About 15 people who were on board Flight 288 were evaluated for minor scrapes and bruises, but only one person was taken to a hospital...
  • Jumbo Jet Packed With British Tourists Seconds From Disaster After It Fails To Rise On Take-Off

    05/31/2009 7:58:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies · 2,833+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 31st 2009
    Jumbo jet packed with British tourists seconds from disaster after it fails to rise on take-off By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 01st June 2009 Hundreds of passengers narrowly avoided disaster when their plane nearly crashed after taking off. The British Airways plane shook violently and did not rise more than 30ft above the ground as it set off from Johannesburg to London. The pilot has been praised for his quick actions in keeping the Boeing 747 in the air, saving the lives of the 256 passengers on board. Miraculous escape: The British Airways Boeing 747, similar to this one, is thought...
  • Airliner engine ingests object on ground at LAX

    05/11/2009 6:18:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 3,555+ views
    LOS ANGELES — Aviation authorities say a baggage cart was drawn into an engine of a Boeing 747 as it was leaving a terminal gate at Los Angeles International Airport. .. .. a baggage cart was being towed by at the same time and the engine ingested one of the containers. The object was lodged in the outer left-side engine of the four-engine jet.
  • 25 years ago today: KAL Flight 007 Remembered

    09/02/2008 7:56:11 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 22 replies · 510+ views
    The New American ^ | 9/1/08 | Warren Mass
    It has been 25 years since Korean Airlines Flight 007, carrying 269 passengers and crew, including Congressman Larry McDonald of Georgia, was fired on by a Soviet fighter jet off the coast of Siberia. At the time, McDonald was chairman of the John Birch Society (a subsidiary of which publishes THE NEW AMERICAN). Although several speakers eulogized McDonald at a Washington, D.C., memorial service 10 days following the September 1, 1983 attack, the words most remembered by both this magazine’s editor, Gary Benoit, and this writer were delivered by the late Senator Jesse Helms, who passed away on July 4....
  • Cylinder blast would be a first [QANTAS]

    07/27/2008 7:03:09 PM PDT · by steve86 · 25 replies · 189+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 28, 2008
    A Qantas Boeing 747 was forced to make an emergency landing at Manila Airport on Friday after a midair incident. CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau would be focusing on whether an onboard oxygen tank had exploded, ripping a hole in the plane's fuselage. -snip- He confirmed an oxygen cylinder was missing from the plane and this would be a key focus of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's(ATSB) investigation into what happened.
  • (7/25/08) Qantas Plane Dives 20,000 Feet After Hole Ripped Mid-Air in Fuselage

    07/25/2008 6:58:31 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 55 replies · 758+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 25 July 08 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines — A Qantas flight en route to Australia from London made an emergency stop in Manila on Friday after a loud bang punched a hole in the Boeing 747-400's fuselage, officials and passengers said.
  • Cargo plane breaks in two at Brussels airport

    05/25/2008 9:24:02 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 71 replies · 303+ views
    Reuters: Africa ^ | Sun 25 May 2008, 15:09 GMT | Jan Strupczewski
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An American Kalitta Air cargo plane slid off the runway at Brussels's Zaventem airport on Sunday and broke in two but there were no casualties, the fire brigade spokesman said. The Boeing aircraft's five crew all escaped through an inflatable emergency slide, spokesman Francis Boileau said. Four of them had minor injuries. Boileau did not know if the accident happened during take off or landing, but said that apart from its cargo of cars and equipment, the jet was full of fuel. He said the plane came to a halt some 200 metres (650 feet) from the...
  • Air India Starts Talks With Boeing, Airbus; Eyes A380

    09/22/2007 11:34:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 632+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | September 21, 2007 | Nitin Luthra
    Air India Starts Talks With Boeing, Airbus; Eyes A380-Sources September 21, 2007: 01:52 AM EST NEW DELHI -(Dow Jones)- State-owned Air India has begun talks with Boeing Co. (BA) and Airbus to buy new planes including the A380 superjumbo, people familiar with the development said Friday. In July, Air India said it plans to buy about 60 new passenger jetliners over the next few years and aims to start the selection and purchase process by mid- August. "The airline is in touch with both Boeing and Airbus on the types of aircraft available and what will be required in the...
  • Terror Suspects Arrested Had747 Airplane Manual

    07/22/2007 5:42:26 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 7 replies · 230+ views
    Aviation Nation ^ | 7-21-07 | Annie Jacobsen
    Italian police have arrested three Moroccan terror suspects and are charging them with running a "terror school" inside a mosque in central Italy. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the police report which stated that "in between daily prayers, the small mosque doubled as a training camp." Among the items that police seized during the mosque raid were several barrels of chemicals and an instruction manual on how to pilot a Boeing 747 airplane. From CNN:(snip)
  • BA gives strongest hint yet of Airbus snub (747 v. 380)

    05/30/2007 6:35:11 AM PDT · by stinkerpot65 · 11 replies · 750+ views
    This Is Money ^ | 5/29/07 | n/a
    Rather than commit to the troubled A380, there is growing speculation BA will sign up as a launch customer for Boeing's proposed 747-8, a stretched version of the original jumbo jet and capable of carrying 475 passengers.
  • Boeing Business Jets unveils interior concepts for the 747-8 VIP airplane

    05/29/2007 10:50:32 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 30 replies · 1,531+ views
    domain-b.com (India) ^ | 25 May 2007 | Staff
    Geneva: Boeing Business Jets has unveiled design concepts for the 747-8 VIP airplane, which is based on the new, technologically advanced Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. The company's concept renderings, which debuted at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Geneva, include opulent features such as vaulted ceilings, spiral staircases and video wall displays. "With more than 5,000 square feet of cabin space, the new 747-8 VIP jet epitomizes incomparable luxury and operational flexibility," said Steven Hill, president of Boeing Business Jets. "The 747-8 VIP builds on the proud legacy of the 747 and incorporates the advanced technology of the 787...
  • 747 with single-engine failure safely returns to Dulles

    05/25/2007 10:49:58 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 128 replies · 3,708+ views
    Fox news Alert ^ | 25 May 07 | dcbryan1
    Fox news Alert: Emergency vehicles on tarmac waiting for 747 with an engine out at Dulles Int'l airport. Developing...
  • 747 turned flying telescope takes off in Waco

    04/28/2007 9:51:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies · 806+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007. | ALLISON GATLIN
    A modified 747 airliner designed to carry an infrared telescope took its first flight Thursday, one of several checkout flights planned before it makes its way to a new home at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, consists of a 2˝-meter in diameter infrared telescope mounted inside the 747 airliner, chosen for its ability to house the 45,000-pound telescope. The long-range airliner is capable of remaining airborne for six hours at altitudes higher than 41,000 feet, above much of the atmospheric water vapor. SOFIA will be used to...
  • NASA SOFIA Airborne Observatory Completes First Test Flight

    04/26/2007 3:47:35 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 5 replies · 567+ views
    Spaceref.com ^ | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | L-3 Communications
    International Project Features 20-ton, German Telescope on NASA 747 Aircraft New York, NY – L-3 Communications announced today that NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), completed its first test flight following extensive aircraft modification and telescope integration at the company's L-3 Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) Waco, Texas facility. SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP extensively modified to carry a 45,000-pound (20 metric ton), 98.4-inch (2.5-meter) diameter infrared telescope assembly provided by the German Aerospace Center, DLR. SOFIA will fly at altitudes up to 45,000 feet (13.7 km) - above more than 99 percent of the Earth's water vapor -...
  • Airbus' A380 is a huge jet, but lacks 747's glamour

    04/08/2007 9:40:26 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 54 replies · 5,025+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Last updated April 6, 2007 3:35 p.m. PT | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    It was 1969 and the airplane designers having lunch in the conference room of Pan American World Airways were standing by the window overlooking New York's Park Avenue when Charles Lindbergh came over. The famous aviator was a consultant to the airline at the time and he had something to say about the 747 Joe Sutter and his team at Boeing were creating for Pan Am. " 'This is one of the great ones.' " Sutter recounted Lindbergh saying, "I mean the 747, this is an airplane that will go down in history." Thirty-eight years later, as hundreds of...
  • Aircastle set to buy 38 aircraft (UPS to lease 12 747-400F to replace A380F)

    01/23/2007 12:35:09 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 22 replies · 792+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Published: January 23 2007 02:00 | Last updated: January 23 2007 02:00 | Doug Cameron
    Aircastle, the only listed aircraft leasing group, yesterday announced plans to buy 38 aircraft from a Chicago-based investment group for $1.6bn, in a move which highlights the improving prospects of the cargomarket. The portfolio includes 12 Boeing 747-400 freighters, the largest commercial cargo aircraft, with UPS expected to confirm this week that it has cancelled the sole remaining order for the Airbus A380F. The proposed deal will almost double the size of Connecticut-based Aircastle, which was floated last year by Fortress, the private equity group. The company is buying the 12 cargo aircraft and 26 passenger aircraft fromGuggenheim Aviation...
  • 1970: Heathrow welcomes first 'jumbo jet' (Link to Video)

    01/22/2007 4:26:40 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 21 replies · 1,004+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 January, 2007 | Staff
    1970: Heathrow welcomes first 'jumbo jet' The first jumbo jet carrying fare-paying passengers has arrived at Heathrow airport. The newly-constructed Boeing 747, Pan Am Flight Two, touched down at Heathrow at 1414GMT today - seven hours late due to technical problems. The jumbo had brought 324 passengers across the Atlantic from New York to London. But the return journey to New York did not run so smoothly. Thirty-six of the 153 passengers transferred to other flights after a faulty compressed air bottle, used to blow open the plane's door in an emergency, meant take-off was delayed for four-and-a-half hours...
  • Boeing Introduces New Interior for 747-8 Intercontinental

    01/19/2007 8:26:14 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 37 replies · 1,400+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | Jan. 18, 2007 | Staff
    SEATTLE, Jan. 18, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today unveiled a life-size sales display of the interior for the new 747-8 Intercontinental. The two-story display showcases the dramatic interior architecture of the 747-8. The 747-8 applies interior features from the 787 Dreamliner that includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The interior architecture is accentuated by new lighting technology that creates a perception of airy brightness and provides smooth lighting transitions to offer a more restful environment. In addition, the 747-8 integrates features...
  • Once a laggard, Boeing 747 gets a sharp new lift.

    12/07/2006 8:55:12 AM PST · by lowbuck · 25 replies · 1,053+ views
    IHT ^ | 6 Dec 2006 | Leslie Wayne
    After air traffic fell sharply following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the Boeing 747, that humpbacked icon of the skies, appeared to have run out of lives. snip. . . "The 747 has turned into the Energizer bunny of airplanes," said Byron Callan, an aviation analyst with Prudential Equities Securities.
  • Report: Lufthansa plans big 747 order (Boeing 747-8 passenger is a go!!!)

    12/05/2006 11:12:23 AM PST · by clippedwing · 44 replies · 1,950+ views
    Report: Lufthansa plans big 747 order Tuesday December 5, 1:38 pm ET German airline Lufthansa AG plans to order at least 20 of Boeing's new 747-8 jumbo airplanes and take options for 20 additional planes, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal Web site. The online report said the 20 firm orders, valued at $5 billion at list prices, came at the expense of Chicago-based Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA - News) rival Airbus and its competing A380 jumbo aircraft. Boeing has received orders for its new 747-8 freighter model but the Lufthansa order would be the first order...
  • Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Successfully Tests Swing Tail

    10/24/2006 9:42:44 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 40 replies · 1,601+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | Oct. 23, 2006 | Staff
    EVERETT, Wash, Oct. 23, 2006 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) opened and closed the swing tail for the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter for the first time Oct. 10. The 747 LCF is currently at the Boeing Everett factory for tests on the swing tail, a major modification to the airplane that allows large pieces to be loaded and unloaded from the back of the airplane. These tests are the first time the LCF swing tail has opened. Since its first flight, the 747 LCF has accomplished 55 flight-test hours and 270 hours of ground tests. The 747 LCF will transport major...
  • Boeing Business Jets Launches Widebody VIP Airplanes

    10/17/2006 5:32:59 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 28 replies · 880+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | Oct. 17, 2006 | Staff
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] Business Jets today announced it has won seven orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8. Undisclosed customers have ordered one 787-8, three 787-9 and three 747-8 airplanes specifically designated for the VIP market. These orders are already reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website. Boeing does not reveal the identity of private owners at the request of its customers. "Boeing has a long legacy of providing jets to the VIP market," said Steven Hill, Boeing Business Jets President. "Boeing airplanes are renowned for their high reliability, comfort and advanced technology,...
  • Boeing, Atlas Air Announce Order for 12 747-8Fs

    09/12/2006 12:39:44 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 18 replies · 912+ views
    Boeing ^ | Sept. 12, 2006
    SEATTLE, Sept. 12, 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings today announced the carrier has ordered 12 747-8 Freighters, making Atlas the North American launch customer for the airplane. At list prices, the order is valued at about $3.4 billion. Atlas will begin taking delivery of the airplanes in 2010 and expects all 12 aircraft to be in service by the end of 2011. "With this order, Atlas Air remains the leader in providing the capacity and operational flexibility required by our air cargo customers using the state-of-the art freighter platform," said William J. Flynn,...
  • Boeing orders could twist knife into rival Airbus

    07/13/2006 5:47:21 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 17 replies · 950+ views
    NDTVProfit.com ^ | July 13, 2006 | Bill Rigby
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co. could twist the knife into struggling European rival Airbus next week. The U.S. planemaker is set to dominate Britain's Farnborough air show with a stream of new orders for its 787 Dreamliner and other jets, which are already outselling its main competitor four-to-one. The timing could not be worse for Airbus, whose five-year reign as the world's leading commercial jet builder looks likely to end after slow sales of its delayed A380 superjumbo and indecision over its mid-sized A350. "Boeing's spent the last few Farnborough and Paris airshows getting away from the whole...