What Does Boeing's New Deal With China Really Mean?

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a big trip to the U.S. this week, making a first stop in the Seattle area to visit Boeing. During his visit, Boeing announced two major developments. The first of these was a Chinese order for 300 new jets, including 250 737s, a deal worth $38 billion. The second announcement pertains… »9/27/15 11:59am9/27/15 11:59am

This Is How The Pope Will Fly In America

Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. yesterday for a six-day multi-city historic visit aboard an Alitalia Airbus A330, at which point he transferred to a Fiat 500L. But the Holy See of the Catholic Church will be flying aboard a chartered American Airlines Boeing 777 throughout his tour of America, an airline which a Pope… »9/23/15 5:51pm9/23/15 5:51pm

Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeing’s secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldn’t exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects. »9/22/15 3:34pm9/22/15 3:34pm

Boeing Touts New 16 Air-To-Air Missile Carrying F-15 Eagle Configurations

The annual Air Force Association conference will kick off outside of Washington next week, where Boeing is putting its latest and greatest combat aircraft developments on show for industry and Washington power brokers. This includes new F-15 configurations that allow the 43-year-old design to lug 16 air-to-air… »9/12/15 12:50pm9/12/15 12:50pm

Everything We Know About The British Airways 777 Fire In Las Vegas

Yesterday at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, British Airways Flight 2276 bound for London’s Gatwick airport experienced an engine fire during its takeoff roll. More than a dozen people were injured in this horrific-looking incident. Here is a recap of everything we know about the situation so far. »9/09/15 12:10pm9/09/15 12:10pm

A New Angle On This Shadowy Stealth F/A-18 Hornet Concept Is Intriguing

One of our readers, Gareth Webber, pointed out a strange looking aircraft stored at AMARG, the Pentagon’s aircraft boneyard in Tucson, AZ. I immediately noticed it from an article that ran a year and a half ago in Aviation Week about a stealthy F/A-18 Hornet concept that was photographed sitting along the AMARG… »9/04/15 2:20pm9/04/15 2:20pm

Confirmed: Flaperon Found On Réunion Island From MH370

After weeks of speculation and thorough review, authorities have confirmed that the flaperon recently found on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean is a part of MH370. The part’s serial number, which has been the focus of intense scrutiny, has been confirmed to have originated on the doomed Malaysian airliner.
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See How Boeing Moves This Gigantic Autoclave To A New Factory

Boeing’s sprawling manufacturing facilities in the greater Seattle, Washington area are ramping up to build the next-generation 777X, and a big blue piece of the puzzle has just arrived at its new home. The first of three enormous autoclaves was transported by truck to the new 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett,… »8/28/15 7:22pm8/28/15 7:22pm

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? »8/21/15 6:30pm8/21/15 6:30pm

The First Boeing 727 Ever Made Is Almost Ready To Make Its Final Flight

At one time, the Boeing 727 tri-jet was an extremely common sight at airports around the world. Over 1,800 were produced, making it an icon of commercial air travel in the 1970’s and 1980’s (one even appeared on the Beastie Boys album cover Licensed to Ill). Now, the first 727 ever made is being readied to blast… »8/14/15 8:03pm8/14/15 8:03pm

Evergreen's Defunct 747 Supertanker Is Rising From The Ashes

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… »8/13/15 9:00pm8/13/15 9:00pm

A Typhoon Lifted This Parked 747 Off The Ground

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.
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This Vintage United Air Lines Training Film Is A Time Warp To 1969

Many aviation milestones happened in 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left footprints on the moon, the Boeing 747 flew for the first time and the U.S. Navy announced that the F-14 would join its fleet. This 1969 video shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at the United Air Lines training center in Denver,… »8/03/15 4:13pm8/03/15 4:13pm

Parts Of Missing Malaysian Plane Possibly Burned In Garbage Clean-Up

Réunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, has become the focal point of global scrutiny as a suspected Boeing 777 flaperon, a tattered suitcase and now a door have emerged from the sea. They’re all suspected clues in the search for MH370, but has more evidence been unknowingly burned in a trash fire?… »8/02/15 9:13am8/02/15 9:13am

How We'll Find Out If the Discovered Plane Wreckage Is Part of MH370

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead in the search. A piece of an aircraft’s wing—a flaperon, to be specific—washed up on Réunion Island, east of Madagascar, some 3000 miles away from where investigators were looking. But… »8/01/15 10:14am8/01/15 10:14am