On April 29th of last week, Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan, flew for its second time […]
The least popular variant of the 747 has been unexpectedly brought back into commercial service after being absent for almost 2 years. A few weeks ago, Iranian based carrier “Mahan Air” reactivated one of their old 747-300s after it had been on the ground since 2015. Only 81 747-300s were ever built, and almost all of them are retired. As of 2020, the only 747-300 that remained in operation was a cargo plane owned by Trans Avia Export Cargo Airlines. The return of such an uncommon plane for passenger use is certainly a rare and surprising occurrence. In this article, we will be explaining why Mahan Air brought back and revived the 747-300.
It is considered as another way to produce lift, and if this is attached to the wing then […]
Almost 50 years ago, the first commercial supersonic jet was introduced into the world, revolutionizing air travel and opening a new chapter in the way people flew. Flying at 2 times the speed of sound and faster than the spin of the Earth, Concorde was a peak of innovation in aviation, and it allowed people to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in just 3 hours. Today, however, the time of flight for the same distance is double. In this sense, aviation seems to have taken a step backwards since the Concorde. If no level of innovation could match that of the Concorde, then why exactly was it retired?
Whenever you check in a bag, you get a baggage tag. The baggage tag (also known as luggage […]
An unusual prototype with circular wing in parasol configuration, built in 1934 became a successful STOL airplane, making […]
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Founded by a dozen of aircraft homebuilders in 1953, the Experimental Aircraft Association became one of the most […]
Lion Air, an Indonesian low cost airline used to operate the Boeing 747-400 until they were retired and […]
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“This is the Captain” the captain’s voice said over the intercom, “Brace for impact!”. A hush fell over the passengers. They thought they were going to die as the flight attendants were screaming: “Brace! Brace! Brace! Heads down! Stay down!”
The United kingdom´s strategic nuclear strike force, officially known as the V-force or Bomber Command Main Force was […]
Imagine your dinner is ready and a you cannot wait any longer to taste the delicious and spicy propeller of a Cessna. Mmmmh!
This Monday evening, the nation of Saudi Arabia announced the reopening of its maritime borders and airspace with Qatar, normalizing the tensions between the two countries following a 3-year conflict. This is a major breakthrough and a huge step forward for the two countries. It is a significant event for the aviation industry in both countries, especially for Qatar airways.
Have you ever wondered how WIFI works on a plane? How does a plane have an internet connection thousands of feet up in the sky when even a phone doesn’t have cellular data or any type of service? Furthermore, how is this connection strong enough to accommodate the hundreds of passengers onboard? Internet connection on a plane is a revolutionary invention and an astonishing breakthrough in air travel. In this article, we will explain how WIFI works on a plane and answer questions raised from this invention.
In 1996, a Douglas DC-9 aircraft operated by ValuJet Airlines took off from Miami International Airport bound for Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Georgia. Only eight minutes later, a fire that had started during take-off, started to spread throughout the cargo hold, eventually engulfing the cabin and cockpit, which caused the electrical systems to fail. When Captain Candi Kubeck said: “We need to go back to Miami”, the crew knew that this was the turning point of life or death. While the pilots were overwhelmed by the perilous situation, the smoke gradually started to take over them while the DC-9 was in a nose dive. At this point, the crew were both unconcious. Seconds later it crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 passengers and crew on board.
A flying saucer made for the U.S. military, devised in the Cold War (period 1958-1959) by Canadian Scientists, was a completely top secret project. Avro Canada, a Canadian aircraft manufacturing company, designed and built two prototypes of this aircraft, under the funding of the U.S. military that believed on an “alien” looking plane. At those times as a common story on media, the UFO cases were arising, and news speculated some UFOs were actually Soviet-built saucer-shaped vehicles.
Colonel Merryl Tengesdal, born in the Bronx, New York, in 1971 was the first and only African American woman to fly the United States Air Force’s U-2 spy plane, the unique and famous aircraft used to spy and reconnaissance flown in the Cold War over the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and Cuba. Merryl overcame and broke down barriers in more ways than one. She has accomplished what seemed like a mission impossible, to be in Air force being a pilot working for the spy missions and risky operations overseas.
A weirdly shaped, not very aesthetic plane that looks like a saucer that can never fly. This is the Vought V-173, an American prototype with a circular airfoil with large-diameter propellers on the wingtips.
The earth is always pulling us to its centre with its gravity, a force to which all bodies on the planet are subjected to. In the beginning of the space program of United States, reduced gravity was an important matter on the general body behavior, making this study as a key on space exploration and transportation, and a capability of testing the personnel and equipment.
260 years of unsolved and unknown regime of high speed dynamics of gases were broken with the significant flight of the Bell X-1 research vehicle installed under the B-29 bomber of World War II vintage, on October 14, 1947 in the Mojave Desert in California.
The desire of vertical flight was always present, and it grew after the first successful flight of the wright flyer, but the technical limitations for reaching this did not give the needed result. Leonardo da Vinci illustrated a sophisticated “rotary-wing” similar to a helicopter, the main sketch that remain for years without any success.
A normal day like today, 14 december, 1986, the Voyager aircraft departed from Edwards Air Force Base in the Southern California using approximately 4.3 km of runway and a huge amount of fuel to fulfill the world record endurance without re-fueling and go around the world. Setting a world record that remains today it is awesome the high efficiency and capacity that this airplane had to beat the record.
February 21st 2008, Santa Barbara Airlines flight 518 is preparing for a flight to Carcass from Alberto Carnevalli […]
We all wonder how a plane could fly if an engine fails, but it is more worrying if […]
In November 2003, Baghdad airport was the home to American troops in Iraq. The US Air force flew in daily to supply the troops and help at its best to help rebuild the country. Around and outside the airport are terrorists therefore Apache helicopters are deployed full time to check and eliminate any kind of threats.
It is not necessary to look like a mighty fighter to be an aviation gymnast and reach incredibly high speeds. This is a light bullet that can be manned by daredevils due to the high acrobatic performance only awarded by fighter jets. Just seeing how this plane flies is shocking because of its small size. We are talking about the BD-5. The small series aircraft created by Jim Bede, an aircraft designer.
During the night of 20th of March of 2009, An Airbus A340 was to fly out of Melbourne to Dubai with 275 people on board. The flight was to depart Melbourne at 10:25 local time and the flight time was 14hrs 8mins. As the crew prepared for departure, the pilots were busy in the cockpit preparing the plane for departure.
It is already hard for people to be in a confined space for a few hours, imagine now being for many days and within one-meter-wide and about three meter in length of cabin interior. This is the space where it a plane was piloted to get a world record of flight endurance, specifically a Cessna 172, a very popular and widely produced aircraft to date.
The A321 is a member of the A320 family of narrow-bodied, commercial passenger jet airliner with two engines. This specific type of aircraft was launched in 1994 after the A320 and carries 185-265 passengers. It has a common rating with all other A320’s made…..let us know how this plane is winning.
After the first manned flight of the Wright brothers, it did not take more than 20 years to […]
Many of us have heard about the oldest airline or the first plane that was invented, but what about the first airline in the world, that first had a successful project. The recognition goes to DELAG, acronym for Deutsche Luftschifffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, that means German Airship Travel Corporation, founded on 16 November 1909. This was the world’s first airline to use an aircraft specifically an airship to generate income by mean of the commercial passenger-carrying.
Some airliners turn into military aircraft as well. This is the An-12 “Cub”, a military aircraft that had a version of a passenger airplane in the Soviet Union. Constructed simultaneously with the An-10 “the airliner” but with structural differences to allow military operations, one of them is a defensive tail gun. This airplane was Designed in terms of capability and comparison to the famous C-130 “Hercules”. It is surprising but this plane has many variants still in service as civil operations as military around the world.
There is perhaps no other commercial airliner as iconic as the Boeing 747. A presence in our skies for over fifty years, it has transported millions of passengers across the world. Since its introduction with Pan American Airlines in 1970, it has persevered as one of the forerunners of commercial flight. Often labeled as the ‘Queen of the Skies’.
20 years ago, on the 25th of July 2000, an Air France Concorde thundered down 26R at Paris; Charles De Gaulle airport. However, what no one knew was that this flight would mark the beginning of the end of the supersonic aircraft.
The morning of July 15th, an airplane of Etihad Airways coming from the United Arab Emirates landed at Mexico City’s International Airport. The aircraft was carrying medical equipment and supplies intended to the medical authorities to attend the COVID-19 patients and mexican citizens previously stranded in the arab country.
Believe it or not, the world witnessed a flight between London and New York that took about three hours only! (Nowadays it takes about 8 hours to fly this flight) So how was that possible and what kind of airplane that was able to fly about 5,600 km (3,500 miles) in only 3 hours?! It was simply the “Concorde”!