The General Airplane Thread

Discussion in 'The Rumble Strip' started by Crash, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. CLowndes888

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    I was aware of what it was like on the inside, but I didn't exactly know what other things it had. Thanks for the info.
     
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  2. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    A United States plane carrying three U.S. citizens released by North Korea taxis for takeoff after a stopover at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage on Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

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    Drew Haag and Sarah Russell, of Above Alaska Aviation, LLC, land in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, while flying the Alaska Airmen Association’s raffle airplane, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub. They refurbished the airplane at their aircraft maintenance company in Talkeetna. The Super Cub will be raffled on Sunday, the final day of the 21st annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering this weekend at the FedEx Hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Admission and parking are free to the public. The raffle airplane also comes with new Edo 2000 floats and an extra set of landing gear. (Bill Roth / ADN)
     
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  4. CLowndes888

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    So is this China's answer to the F-22?
     
  5. KM964

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    From a trip to LA last month. Lots of special paint there.

    Virgin-Alaska Most West Coast A321neo from my hotel room.
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    Air China Smiling China.
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    Japan Airlines Sky-Eco.
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    EVA Air Hello Kitty.
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    Qantas Yam Dreaming.
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    ANA Star Alliance.
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    Delta SkyTeam.
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    Hawaiian A330. Finally got a good picture of one of their planes.
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    Fiji A330.
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    Air Tahiti Nui A340, what a gorgeous livery.
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    Ex-US Airways American A330 completing a transcon flight from Philly.
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    Austrian featuring a photobomb by American.
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    Alaska Horizon Dash 8.
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    Ethiopian, one of the odd visitors to LAX.
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    LOT Polish Airlines 787, simple never looked so good.
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    Iberia A330.
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    Virgin America Pineapple Express. I deeply miss VX already.
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    Asiana 747 seeing new life as a freighter.
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    Korean Cargo 747-8F.
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    China Southern A380.
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  6. Populuxe Cowboy

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    Excellent photos. What camera are you using?
     
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  7. KM964

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    Thanks, I use a Nikon Coolpix P900.
     
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  8. Swagger897

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    Cathay has always had gorgeous liveries.
     
  9. KM964

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    Agreed. But the new colors look so much more modern. We only get their cargo service here at DFW, and as far as I know most of their cargo planes are still in the older colors.
     
  10. CLowndes888

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    Before I started posting here, I saw nothing but these on an aviation forum...
     
  11. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    Why would it, they need a fifth gen plane which no one really has outside West Europe and the U.S.? I'd say just go look it up really to be a more proactive learner.
     
  12. KM964

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    Slow weekend at DFW last weekend.

    Singapore Cargo 747.
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    First time I've captured a plane I've flown on, N178US brought me home from Vegas last December. From a passenger standpoint, the ex-US Airways planes feel ancient compared to the other Airbuses in American's fleet.
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    Bare Metal again.
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    The treat I was after, N745VJ sporting Allegheny paint. Most A319s that come in and out of DFW are the newer frames that American themselves ordered, rather than the ex-US Airways frames like this one. And what few of those do come in are not the four special paintjobs (Allegheny, America West, PSA, Piedmont).
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    Visited the biannual Danish Air Show today. Some interesting classics flying, such as a PBY Catalina, MiG-15 and F-104G Starfighter.

    I was joined by my sisters boyfriend who happens to own a pretty decent camera which he borrowed me for the day. Once I receive the results, I'll be sure to browse through them and post the worthy ones here alongside a review of the show.
     
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    As promised, here's the rundown of the 2018 Danish Air Show, this year held at Aalborg Airport which is home to the Danish Air Transport Wing.

    Let me start of with my favorite photo from the event.
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    After nearly six weeks of no clouds over Denmark, this particular day saw its fair share of rainfall and lots of clouds. Typical that the one day you want good weather is also the one day where you can't have it. That said, the show went on mostly without cancellations despite the weather, although some of the more interesting planes were limited to doing only horizontal displays owing to the low cloud cover. As such, the Ukrainian Flanker, Spanish Eurofighter, Greek F16 and Swiss F18 displays were not as great as they could've been. A shame, but overall still a great show featuring a few rare planes as well.

    As my heart lies with rotary aircraft more than anything else, my favorite display was the Danish Air Power demonstration, featuring all three helicopter types in Danish inventory as well as F-16A's and B's performing an overhead cover mission. The helicopter force was comprised of a single AW-101 Merlin acting as a flying gun platform, two Fennec's dropping and exfiltrating special forces, and a single MH-60R Seahawk, although the latter didn't really take part in the combat demonstration itself, opting instead to do a solo show before the demonstration. The sound of those helicopters is like music to my ears :D

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    The show itself started off with a British/Danish special forces parachute jump from the skies, followed by a flying demonstration of a RDAF F-16A MLU. Despite the weather being its best when the show started, I had yet to start snapping pictures. In retrospect a real derp moment for me... Following immediately after was a Finnish F-18C Hornet doing a solo display and producing some very impressive vapor clouds.

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    As the weather deteriorated after the Finnish display, I was unable to capture photos of an otherwise exceptional display by a RDAF C-130J-30, demonstrating the tight turn radius of the rather old and large plane. It put on quite a light show for us in the rain using flares. There are only four Hercules aircraft in Danish inventory, and as Aalborg is their base of operation, all of them were present during the show, and they reappeared when the weather cleared up.

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    One thing I really liked about this airshow when compared to RIAT last year, is that the displaying aircraft were essentially part of the static line-up as well, as the taxi runway and stand-by station was very close to the visitors, allowing for some good photos of the aircraft as they prepared for their displays. With the exception of the Greek F-16C, which was hiding somewhere else until its display, all the aircraft doing flying displays were then available for close-up photos, as well as photos featuring a parked aircraft with displaying aircraft in the background. I really like those ;)

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    The Flanker and Eurofighter displays were badly hindered by the weather, but I did manage a few half decent shots of them. The Greek Zeus display sadly did not feature the nice livery that it used to and the dark conditions meant that the only decent picture I have of it was during its landing. Also, who would have expected to see a PBY Catalina still flying about?

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    The appearance of an AWACS in the static line-up was quite surprising to me. The plane itself was open to visitors, but the line never seemed to decrease in size whenever we went by it, and so we decided against it. Would've been cool to see it on the inside though. A RDAF Lynx, now replaced by the Seahawk, not only appeared in the static display but was even on sale. If only I had that kind of money... The weather messed up the timetable and order of the flying display, and as we didn't want to miss the best displays, we ended up barely spending time in the static park. A shame really, as I would've liked to chat to some of the aircraft crews, especially Danish F-16 pilots about their replacement, the F-35A.

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    The last photo is the tail of the "Danish Air Force one". One of our four Challenger 604's, normally used for patrolling Greenland, but also sometimes used for transporting VIP's, including the royal family.

    Overall, a very nice show, let down by less than great weather. I was impressed by the amount of aircraft on display, both in the air and on the ground. The show itself is free to attend and despite being visited by some 160.000 people in the single day that it is held, it didn't feel overly crowded. It's also nice to see the RDAF so committed to showcasing everything it has during the show. Every single type of aircraft in Danish inventory was planned for both the flying and static display, with the Danish Homeguard sadly having to cancel its flying display of its Britton-Norman Defender due to the weather.
     
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    Slow-ish weekend at DFW last weekend, again.

    United baby bus coming from DEN.
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    Cargolux 747-8 about to depart for ORD.
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    American TWA heritage plane. Just need the Astrojet and PSA and I'll have the complete AA heritage set.
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    DFW has been losing carriers over the last few months (Etihad, Cayman Airways, recently Nippon Cargo Airlines, and WestJet next week), but in exchange we've picked up the two Icelandic carriers Icelandair and WOW Air. Was nice to get a photo of the Icelandair 757 on the hardstand. Gonna have to go back for the giant Nexium pill.
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  16. CLowndes888

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    Wow, an Icelandair 757 in Dallas? I didn't think they flew to the US...

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  17. KM964

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    Yeah, they fly to 18 destinations here in the US. They just started service here less than a month ago.
     
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    I was driving on the freeway so I couldn't stop to take a picture, but I saw a B-17 flying overhead. I'm pretty sure it's related to the Wings of Freedom Tour.
     
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    Where's the Iceland plane coming from? Is it stopping in NY/Chicago before Dallas?
     
  20. KM964

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    Nonstop between KEF-DFW. American also launched the same route also utilizing a 757.
     
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    Ah, I guess that's not that far then after looking. Delta used to do in the summer flights from Pittsburgh to Italy a while back with their 757s, and that route is even 200 miles longer.
     
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    As far as I know they still do flights from PIT to CDG.

    Iceland's actually a pretty good place to operate an airline since it's great as a stopover for transatlantic flights. Both Icelandair and Wow operate 757s to a number of destinations in the US and the EU, and I know it has worked pretty well for Icelandair so far. I suspect both will be quite interesting in the NMA once Boeing unveils it since it's the plane they need.
     
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    Yeah the non-stop to paris has been going on for several years, but the flights to Italy are summer time only.
     
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    Huh, I didn't know that. To my knowledge the only flights to the EU from PIT had been the CDG flights but if they're summer only that would explain why I didn't know about them.
     
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    I used to do a lot of virtual airline flying on my sim (I still do some just not as much) and our VA had quite a few IRL pilots. One of them is a captain on a 757 and used to do the trip over often. He was the one that initially told me and I thought "huh, strange, never thought they actually did that." Simply because you could never find the routes on flightaware.
     
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    Condor and WOW also have seasonal service from PIT to FRA and KEF, respectively.
     
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    The Thunderbirds is coming for Arctic Thunder this weekend. i'm hoping to attend.
     
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    I was stationed at Nellis AFB back in 1988-1989, their home base. That's thirty years ago and they're still using the F-16. They've used it longer than every other plane combined.
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    Similar with the Blue Angels and the F/A-18. Flying that one since 1986, they are set to transition to Super Hornets, but no firm timetable for that. Maybe 2020?

    The F/A-18s are getting hard to maintain, and they've had more than a couple of shows where they could only get 5 jets in the air for shows. I've seen that a couple of times myself. (To be fair, all four diamond aircraft took off, #3 landed almost immediately, switched aircraft and rejoined after about 12 minutes.)
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