Category Air Freighters

Chasing The Dream

By: Category: Air FreightersAviation HistoryTransports

The one-of-a-kind Antonov AN-225 Mriya (which translated means Dream) is a super-sized cargo transport aircraft. A second, partly-completed airframe was known to exist, and every once in a while a rumor surfaces that it too will be completed and put into operation, but there is no concrete evidence of this twin being activated at this time. Since it is a rare visitor to any airport, when (what was once called) the “largest aircraft in the world” is scheduled for a visit, crowds flock to see it. I’ve seen it three times now, in three different decades for three different reasons. A fourth time eluded me, as it flew over my home… and on top of a broken cloud layer. I heard it loud and clear though!

The aircraft was built in Kiev, Ukraine by the Antonov Company specifically to haul t...

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The Queen Takes a Bow

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAviation HistoryBoeingClassic Aircraft

Photos in this article come from many of CivilAviationWorld.com team…

On September 30, 1968, an airplane was rolled out of the Boeing factory near Everett, Washington that would change air travel for the world and become one of the most beloved commercial aircraft in aviation history. When it debuted, the Boeing 747 was the largest commercial aircraft in the world and featured revolutionary design innovations that have been incorporated into every aircraft designed since. The prototype, nicknamed the “Jumbo Jet” by the media, flew for the first time in February 1969...

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The “Mad Dog” A Tribute to a Workhorse, Part 2

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAirlinesAviation History

 

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of airliners has served the world’s airlines for 41 years , but is now rapidly fading from the skies. The two largest operators of the MD-80 series just recently retired the type, those being American Airlines and Delta Airlines, that leaves fewer than 150 left in service worldwide. In this photographic tribute to the “Mad Dog” we take a look at this workhorse in its heyday and as it continues its journey into aviation history. Until next time, “Blue Skies to All!”

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