The music and the aviation worlds were wowed recently by the iconic metal band Iron Maiden’s unveiling of their tour plane, a 747-400 with their name blazed across it. Sadly, less than a month later, and early in Iron Maiden’s tour, the jumbo jet has been badly damaged in a ground mishap in Chile.
All different kinds of aircraft that have been used to fight fires, from tiny Air Boss tankers to the oversized Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter. But the biggest and baddest of them all was the Evergreen Supertanker, a modified 747 that has recently been sidelined due to financial woes. A new company plans to change…
Typhoon Soudelor tore through Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, reportedly killing more than 20 people. While winds gusted up to 180 miles per hour over the ocean, the angry air eased to tropical storm status once it made landfall. Even so, that was enough to make this 747 parked at Taipei test its tethers.
Amid a fierce firefight at Aden International Airport in Yemen last week, one of few remaining 747SP aircraft was completely destroyed. Operated by Yemenia and reserved for the use of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the aircraft had previously been damaged when the country’s civil war broke out earlier this year.
Despite receiving a big Memorandum of Understanding for 20 new 747-8F aircraft last week at the Paris Air Show, Boeing announced that they would slow production for the original jumbo jet at their Everett, WA manufacturing facility. This is the fourth time in two years that 747-8 production has been throttled back.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently begun sending back the first color images of Pluto and Charon, and they are spectacular. But prior to the probe making its close approach to Pluto on July 14th, scientists have been scouting Pluto’s atmosphere using a 98-inch telescope mounted inside a highly modified Boeing…
One of the more interesting developments from the Paris Air Show this week is that a Russian cargo airline will buy 20 of Boeing’s 747-8F freighters. The deal is said to be worth $7.4 billion, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Boeing’s struggling 747-8 program.
When KLM ordered its 747s in 1969, the airline wanted to give its passengers an idea of how massive the plane actually was. So they took something familiar and applied it to the plane in a way their Dutch customers could relate. The end result was this creative, compelling illustration.
After the Carter Administration's cancellation of the B-1A program due to fiscal concerns, the rise of air-launched cruise missiles and the possibility of developing a stealth bomber, Boeing put forward a low-risk, relatively cheap, cruise missile delivery vehicle alternative based on the mighty 747. It was called the…
Boeing delivered its 1,500th 747 to Germany's Lufthansa Airlines today at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. No other widebody aircraft has reached this milestone. It's a 747-8i model, the longest passenger jet in the world. This aircraft, registered D-ABYP is the 14th 747-8i for Lufthansa's fleet.
How do you go about moving one of the world's largest planes through city streets? It takes a thousand-foot convoy of self-propelled trailers, and a legion of police and utility crews to move light poles, power lines and traffic signals along the 8-mile route over the course of two nights.
Great news, AvGeeks! The Museum of Flight is going to restore the very first 747 - The City Of Everett to "first flight conditions." She first took flight on February 9, 1969 but has been parked outdoors at the museum for many years. As you might imagine, the wet Pacific Northwest weather has not helped her age well.
Air travel did have a Golden Age. There was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. You don't even have to go back to the 50s and 60s to see that. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors for the Boeing 747s in the 1970s. They are awesome.
In Discovery's upcoming season of the show Curiosity, they crash a Boeing 727 into the desert.
Mouldering quietly on a forlorn corner of Boeing's field near Seattle, Wash., Boeing 747 RA001 is in need of a restoration. To the Washingtonians who built more than 1,400 of the humpbacked workhorses, seeing No. 1 in such a state of disrepair brings a touch of shame.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been in service for no more than a few months and already some Boeing test pilot has tagged the American Northwest like an Etch-a-Sketch with a 787 logo. Damn hooligans.
A flight crew testing the new Boeing 747-8F cargo plane had 17 hours to kill during a max endurance test last night so they decided to graffiti a message across the Western United States.
This is why you can't make crenelations with precision on Mahó beach. (Photo Credit: Kent Miller/National Geographic)