Airline Colors #7 American Airlines, USAir, America West Airlines, Etc.

By: Category: AirbusAirlinersAirlinesAviation HistoryAviation PhotographyBoeingSpecial paint

Here’s a collection of photos of American Airlines specially-painted jets, plus those of the other airlines American has merged with over the years. How many of those past companies do you remember… USAir, Allegheny, Piedmont, Air Cal, PSA, Reno Air, and America West? Any more?

This is the seventh collection of this year… and you can expect monthly airliner photo albums in this format through the end of the year. Enjoy!

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New Cessna C-408 Skycourier Debuts at the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersEAA AirVenture

One of the attractions at the 2021 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show was the initial appearance of one of the newest Textron aircraft models, the Cessna C-408 Skycourier turboprop. Designed as a commercial 19-passenger version or as a straight freighter, the new twin – serial number 1 – was on display for the first day of the big show, taking a break from its flight test schedule. On Day 2, it participated in a flypast showcase of new technology before departing the show.

The freighter version has garnered an order for 50 aircraft from FedEx, and will be an enhancement to the FedEx fleet of  smaller C-208 Caravans. The aircraft can handle up to three LD3 standard cargo containers at once, carrying up to three tons (6,000 pounds) of freight at a time.

John Freedman photographed the aircraft, w...

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No Longer Lightweights, LSAs and Ultralights Command Heavy Interest at AirVenture 2021

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAssorted Aviation PhotosEAA AirVentureGeneral AviationHelicopters

Opener’s BlackFly III electric VTOL Ultralight at EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

To me, “Ultralight” used to mean a non-traditional type of aircraft… usually a single seat variety with a little engine and a structure that didn’t instill a lot of confidence. Over the past few years though, my thoughts have changed a lot, for a number of reasons. 

At the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, For me, ultralights and newer light sport aircraft (LSA) groups used to be a small segment of the annual convention, tucked away towards the south end of the airport. Now, it is now a mainstream and must-see destination at the huge event. The Fun Fly Zone contains a dedicated grass airfield for ultralights and LSAs, and was busy place during all hours except when the afternoon and evening air shows occurred...

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