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Last Century Airliners #2

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAirlinesAviation HistoryAviation PhotographySpotting

Here’s our second collection of older airliners, liveries and companies that no longer exist. Airliners have been retired, color schemes changes, and companies either merged or ceased operations. Sometimes, all three conditions have been met… how much of their history do you know? 

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The First Airbus A-380 Arrives at KJFK!

By: Category: AirbusAirports Around the WorldAviation History

New York City’s JFK International Airport was the first place an A-380 landed in the U.S.

Airbus’s A-380 super-sized airliner was launched at the end of the year 2000. A little more than four years later, the first flight of a prototype occurred, on April 27, 2005. European and U.S. type certification was completed some twenty months after this first flight. Before scheduled airline service would begin, a series of trial flights were made to the United States. The first two of these trips would occur simultaneously on March 19, 2007. Although an A-380 had already landed in North America before this March date, it was flown to northern Canada for cold weather testing. An A-380 had yet to touch down in the U.S. before these trial flights were scheduled. 

One flight would depart using an A...

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Antique/Classic/Contemporary Aircraft Review #3

By: Category: AntiqueAssorted Aviation PhotosAviation Photography

1941 Interstate S-1A-65F, one of Kent Pietsch’s air show aircraft.

Here’s the last of our three-volume collection of Antique and Classic aircraft. Some of these are former military aircraft, others were built for the civilian market in the first place. In any event, enjoy these various designs that were produced more than half a century ago (that’s right… 50 years!), but still look fresh.

1951 DHA-3 Drover Mk. 2.

1946 ERCO 415D Ercoupe.

1929 Travel Air E-4000.

1959 Beech G-18S.

1959 Myers 200A.

1999 DHC-2 Beaver is made from parts of multiple Beavers, thus the later date than usual. Over one thousand were manufactured between 1947 and 1967.

1968 Cessna 180H.

1950 Cessna 195.

1955 Grumman HU-16C.

1929 WACO ATO.

1969 Cessna A-185E.

1938 J3C-65.

1956 DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk.

1962 ...

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