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Spotting at KBOS on Sunday August 15, 2021

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Alaska Airlines A-321-253 NEO

Here’s a look at a few of the many arrivals to Boston’s Logan International Airport on Sunday, August 15, 2021. I spent two enjoyable hours on a beach between 5PM and 7PM near the arrival path for Boston’s runway 4R.  

Of note for me: 

United B-737-9 MAX from San Francisco

British Airways B-787-10 from London Heathrow

Icelandair B-767-300ER from Keflavik 

A now rare Delta Airlines B-717-200

An Azores Airlines A-321-253NX (NEO) “Magical”

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THIS IS NO ORDINARY MD-10-30

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On March 27th, 1973, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF, MSN 46800/Line number 96 and registered N101TV of Trans International Airlines took to the sky for the first time. This would be the 96th DC-10 to roll off the Long Beach California production line and was manufactured in such a way that the aircraft could be converted back and forth from a passenger configuration to a cargo configuration hence the CF (Convertible Freighter) designation. These versions of the DC-10 were easily recognizable by the large 102”x140” cargo door on the side of the fuselage. The DC-10-30CF is powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 Turbofan engines which each generate 51,000#’s of thrust and can carry up to 380 passengers or 23 positions of cargo with a range up to 5,750 miles...

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MISSIONS OF MERCY

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One of the main themes of AirVenture 2021 was a salute to humanitarian aviation, and this 1969 vintage Douglas DC-8-72, Serial Number 46013/Line Number 427, fits the bill perfectly. This almost 54-year-old DC-8 was originally delivered as DC-8-62CF (Convertible Freighter) to Finnair in January of that year. Finnair would pass this aircraft to the French Air Force in 1981, which saw the original Pratt and Whitney JT3D-3B engines replaced with the CFM International CFM56-2 engines, this is where the designation was changed from a 62CF to a 72CF...

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