Category Airports Around the World

Airline Colors, 2021-1

By: Category: Air FreightersAirbusAirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAssorted Aviation PhotosAviation HistoryAviation Slowdown

We’re at the beginning of a new monthly feature on these pages, a feature on airline color schemes past and present. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated most airline operations in 2020 and into 2021, and we are trying to focus just a little bit of positive energy onto this mass transportation mode that has brought our worlds closer together. It’ll be a monthly attraction, published on the first weekend of each month going forward. 

This introductory collection is two dozen mixed photos… some editions will feature one theme, or airline, or even an airport or a new type of airplane. Here are some examples… you can hover over each photo to read notes, or click to enlarge them in our gallery.

This first collection is a broad look at what might be contained...

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Airliner Spotting Trip Report: LAX 2007

By: Category: AirlinersAirports Around the WorldAviation PhotographyLAX

Mid October, 2007 featured some very low air fares that led me cross country from my New Hampshire home to LAX, for a quick overnight visit. I planned to stay right next to the airport and take the next morning’s flight home around noontime in Los Angeles.

My first afternoon was cloudy, but the next morning was beautiful, weather-wise.

I didn’t catch many specially-marked jets, but did add to my foreign airliner photos, which was the reason I flew out for just a day or so.

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Alton Bay’s Ice Runway is Open!

By: Category: Airports Around the WorldClassic AircraftContemporary AircraftFly-inGeneral Aviation

Alton Bay, New Hampshire is a finger of water off of the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, in the center of the state. It boasts of a summer seaplane base, which becomes the FAA’s only certified ice runway in the “Lower 48” during wintertime. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation carefully grooms and operates the airport, which becomes available to the public once a foot of ice forms in the bay. “Ice in” never occurred in 2020, but in 2021, the ice formed sufficiently for the runway to open for President’s Day weekend. I spent a few hours on the ice that sunny Saturday, watching an impromptu aviation festival proceed.

The runway began this year as a 2600 foot by 150 foot ice surface...

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