More specifically, they have awarded $9.2B (and probably a lot more to come) to the Boeing/Saab team to develop and build new trainers to replace the long-serving T-38. The main competitor was the Lockheed/KAI T-50, which was a more mature choice. The Boeing/Saab T-X was purpose-built for this competition.
Stephen Levy once again dives into the bleeding edge of technology to cover the world’s widest airplane.
For those who don’t recall (like me), last year San Francisco almost suffered what could have been the worst aviation disaster in history, when Air Canada flight 759 nearly landed on a taxiway with four flights waiting to take off.
A swarm of 20,000 bees began building a nest inside the engine of a Mango Airlines jet in South Africa, and had to be removed by bee keepers before the flight could take off.
Here is a F-106 being towed by a C-141A as part of a NASA experiment. The intent was to test to see if a delta winged rocket could be towed to altitude by a transport category aircraft. It worked, but you had to be careful.
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from September 22 through September 25.
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from September 19 through September 21.
I posted this picture earlier today as my Good Morning, Oppo post. A couple of you ID’d the car, which is good, since I didn’t know what it was (it’s Lamborghini Espada). But then AuthiCooper asked about the plane. And that led to some Internet sleuthing because apparently I’ve got more time to waste today.
The owner that was struck by a crash-landing plane full of DEA agents credits his Tesla for keeping him safe during the event. His young son was in the car with him; neither of them were injured. Here’s the close up photos!
Planes fly over me all the damned time (including this morning) while I drive down the road, because it’s in the flight path of the local regional airport. Glad I didn’t leave work early today.
JetBlue announced that its newest aircraft, an Airbus A321 it received on Wednesday, will fly using a renewable jet fuel blend. According to the company, the acceptance flight and JetBlue’s ferry flight, which is scheduled for September 20th, will be the airline’s first flights to use renewable fuel. JetBlue will be…
The Pan American Airways China Clipper, a Martin M-130, flies over San Francisco in 1936.
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from September 15 through September 18.
I am just sharing this because I thought some of you would also find this interesting. I was not aware of this and the other similar aircraft.
The 388th out of Hill were doing a 4 jet flyover of a game tonight and they were just doing loops right over my house, for about an hour. and I mean RIGHT over my house. probably 2000 feet AGL and straight over. Fun to see the F35A’s looking pretty and not just story fodder.
The A220/CS100 came out of paint this week and the company released pics. It’s a good looking plane and I think passengers are going to like it. Pilots are going to love it. Huge windows, clean flight deck and plenty of power.
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from September 12 through September 14.
Started at first as a local effort, the memorial for the passengers and crew who died on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 eventually became a National Memorial as part of the National Park Service. I took these photos during two separate visits to the memorial, before the visitor’s center had been completed.…