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TRIP REPORTS Mar 26, 2024 Travis AFB Bids Farewell to the KC-10 Extender at Wings Over Solano 2024 A visit to Travis Air Force Base (KSUU) to document the farewell flights of the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender from the USAF fleet. The aircraft is expected to be retired by the end of this year. Read More →
STORIES Mar 18, 2024 Remembering David E. Harris: The First African American Commercial Airline Pilot On March 8, the aviation industry was saddened by the loss of David E. Harris (1934-2024), the first African-American pilot to receive the title of captain at a major US commercial airline in 1964. The Columbus, Ohio-born Harris had a storied career in the United States Air Force before switching to a commercial airline in the mid-1960s, when he was fighting through barriers regarding race. Read More →
NEWS Jan 17, 2024 Boeing's Problems Expand to Politicians After U.S. Government 737 Plane Breaks Down in Switzerland U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was due to return to Washington from Davos, Switzerland on January 17. However, he could not due to a critical malfunction with his Boeing aircraft. The aircraft in question was a modified Boeing C-40, a U.S. Air Force aircraft assigned to Joint Base Andrews.┬áThe incident is unrelated to previous Boeing troubles with the 737 MAX aircraft, although the C-40 is a modified 737 aircraft. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Dec 20, 2023 JANET: The Top-Secret Airline Transporting Government Officials to Area 51 Did you know that the U.S. government flies an airline to some of the most secretive places on Earth? This airline, operating from "Just Another Non-Existent Terminal," supposedly flies to some of the most mysterious and secretive locations in the United States, including (supposedly) Area 51. This is the captivating case of JANET Airlines, the carrier that flies to nowhere. Read More →
NEWS Dec 08, 2023 US Conducts Military Flights in Guyana to Prevent Possible Venezuelan Invasion The U.S. will conduct joint military flights with Guyana as growing border tensions with Venezuela create the potential for a Venezuelan invasion of the country. Guyana, which currently has a small aviation industry due to its small size and population, will likely see a major expansion in the coming years. The discovery of vast oil reserves in Guyana is expected to create strong demand for business travel, with United Airlines already announcing a direct route connecting Houston: the global hub for oil and gas. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Dec 05, 2023 How Aircraft Conduct Search and Rescue Operations Aircraft have been used in search and rescue operations for a variety of purposes, and not just in modern times. This article explores the intricacies of the use of aircraft within search and rescue operations, revealing how technology advancement has played a crucial role in the use of aircraft within search and rescue. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Dec 01, 2023 The Boneyard: Where Planes Go to Die? Plane boneyards, also known as aircraft graveyards, are massive landscapes littered with once-mighty planes that are now mere skeletons of their past. But this process is of utmost importance to the aviation industry. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Nov 12, 2023 A Tribute to the Texas Raiders One Year Later The "Texas Raiders" B-17, owned by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) started it's life as a Boeing PB-1 AWACS Registered as 44-83872 this PB-1W was among the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas under license with Boeing. It came off the production line in Long Beach, California on July 12, 1945 and entered service with VX-4, located at NAS Patuxent River in the United States Navy nine days later on July 21. Read More →
NEWS Mar 16, 2023 VIDEO: American Drone Crashes After Encountering Russian Fighters Over the Black Sea Russian Air Force Su-27s have caused an American MQ-9 reaper drone to crash into the Black Sea in international airspace. This is the first incident of its kind since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war in February 2022. Read More →
NEWS Mar 11, 2023 U.S. Air Force Unveils New Air Force One Livery President Joe Biden has unveiled what the final livery for the new presidential 747s (VC-25Bs) will look like. This comes as Boeing has officially committed to building the new planes for the U.S. Air Force to serve the president. Read More →