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Why Were Old Jet Engines So Much More Smoky Than Newer Ones?

The dawn of the jet age saw the skies near major airports raked with thick black smoke trails. These exhaust plumes have largely disappeared from our atmosphere due to continuous jet engine innovations. Here is the story of the jet engine’s amazing change in visual and ecological signature since its introduction into… » 7/30/15 3:03pm Today 3:03pm

Report: Suitcases Found Near Wing Part Suspected From MH370

Suitcases have reportedly been found on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the same location where debris resembling a flaperon suspected of being from MH370 was recently discovered. The Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister has said, “it is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777.”
» 7/30/15 8:11am Today 8:11am

Debris That Could Be From MH370 Found In The Indian Ocean

Debris that closely resembles a flaperon from a Boeing 777 was found on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. If confirmed, this could be the first evidence of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s crash, which disappeared in March of 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard.… » 7/29/15 8:37pm Yesterday 8:37pm

Watch This Boeing 777 Land In A 75 MPH Windstorm

Extreme crosswind landings can be terrifying, and yesterday, pilots in the Netherlands were thrown into the crucible when the worst storm in 100 years rocked Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with winds up to 75 miles per hour. This incredible video shows a KLM 777-300ER pitching and rolling until the last possible second. » 7/26/15 3:28pm Sunday 3:28pm

Yemeni Presidential 747 Destroyed In Fighting At Airport

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. » 7/20/15 2:38pm 7/20/15 2:38pm

The Navy's P-8 Poseidon Spotted Packing Mysterious New Pod

The P-8 Poseidon is quickly becoming the Pentagon’s super-adaptable multi-role surveillance platform of choice. We know it can pack one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, slung under its belly in a huge canoe-like enclosure. Now, another previously unknown external ‘plug and play’ capability for the P-8… » 7/18/15 1:55pm 7/18/15 1:55pm

This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever

The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagle’s outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jet’s already… » 7/05/15 10:05am 7/05/15 10:05am

This Isn't A Giant Cessna: It's Boeing's Newest ecoDemonstrator 

When an airliner gets a new winglet or engine nacelle, it’s a big deal for the industry. The pace of change for commercial aircraft design is best described as “molasses.” Manufacturers are wary of risking radical designs which could be disruptive to infrastructure or federal safety standards. » 6/27/15 4:10pm 6/27/15 4:10pm

Boeing Scales Back 747 Production As Air Cargo Market Changes Rapidly

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.… » 6/26/15 2:28pm 6/26/15 2:28pm

NASA's Stubby 747 Has A Big Telescope In The Back That Can See Pluto

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… » 6/24/15 12:06pm 6/24/15 12:06pm

The Queen Of The Skies Lives For Now As 747 Orders Keep Production Open

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. » 6/18/15 1:54pm 6/18/15 1:54pm

Watch The 787-9 Tear Up The Skies Like A Fighter Jet 

Boeing is preparing to make a big splash with its stretched Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show this year. How do they plan on doing this? The old school way, by putting the 300,000 pound beast through its paces in front of a huge crowd, max performing the carbon fiber jet like it was an F-15, as seen in the video below: » 6/11/15 2:10pm 6/11/15 2:10pm

Broken Booms: Why Is It So Hard To Develop & Procure A New USAF Tanker? 

I was catching up on the KC-46 Pegasus program when I read this story and this story, among others, discussing further delays and issues with the USAF’s long awaited new tanker. All this reminded me of a question I have asked for so long: Why has it become so hard for the USAF to develop and procure a new tanker?
» 4/24/15 12:11pm 4/24/15 12:11pm

World's Biggest Planes Are Endangered As Orders Dry Up

This week, the world's largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 each made the kind of news that manufacturers don't like to make. Both Airbus and Boeing signaled their biggest jets might be nearing the end of their production lives, as orders for their large twin-engined planes cannibalize orders for the… » 12/12/14 12:13pm 12/12/14 12:13pm