Category Aviation History

Remembering London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 Spotting Deck

By: Category: AirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAviation HistoryAviation PhotographySpotting

During the 1990s and into the new Millennium, I had the privilege to fly from the U.S. to Europe at least a half a dozen times. London’s Heathrow Airport was my choice of entry to Europe, and since my reasons for travelling centered around airshows and aircraft spotting, Heathrow was never far from the top of my list of places to visit while I was “across the pond”. Even at that time, Heathrow was one of only a few airports in Europe that handled a heavy international schedule of flag carriers based all over the world, and the airport’s importance has increased today, a quarter of a century later.

Coming from America during the years 1990 through the early 2000s, I’d schedule one day to roam around Heathrow and photograph a myriad of European, Asian and African air carriers that ...

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Random Civil Aircraft #8

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAirtankersAviation HistoryAviation PhotographyEAA AirVentureQuonset State Airport RI

Hawker Beechcraft Premiere 1 at Sacramento, California.

Here is our eighth  Random Photos album, enjoy!

Bell UH-1H at Sacramento, California.

Marsh S-2F3AT turbo Tracker at Sacramento, California.

Cessna Citation X at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Cessna T-337G at San Diego, California.

Bellance 7KCAB Citabriaat  at Stewart  International Airport, New York. 

Raytheon Beech 1900D at Las Vegas, Nevada.

American Blimp Corporation A-170LS at an unknown location.

Avid Flyer Mk. IV at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Beech B-60 Duke at San Diego, California.

Beech 99 at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Beech F-90 King Air at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

CAP 232 at Pensacola, Florida.

Hawker 400s at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Cessna 208 Grans Caravan at Pensacola.

Steven F. Wolf Cyclone at NAS Pensacola.

Beech...

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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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