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Boeing B-727 Scrapbook, Volume 2

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAirlines

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Boeing’s B-727 tri-jet prototype first flew on February 9, 1963.  Two major variants were built, the shorter fuselage version with an oval center/tail engine air intake came first. and was generally known as the B-727-100 series.

The -200 series had a longer fuselage and a circular air intake in front of the tail. Various versions of each model were ordered, a Combi included a fuselage side cargo door for loading containers and freight in the front part of the aircraft, while the rear part contained passenger seating. The B-727-200 Advanced version has different engines. All-freight versions were produced or modified too.

The rear tail entry/exit door, which was placed below the center engine, gained a certain amount of notoriety as the mode of exit for D. B...

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Long, Trim and Deluxe: The A350-1000XWB Debuts in Australia

By: Category: Special EventSpotting

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At about the time PHXspotters heard the newest in Airbus’s illustrious stable was visiting Australia, we needed little prodding to fly interstate for a mixed media demonstration and spotting trip. As the A350-1000XWB is yet to visit the American continent, I’d like to share the experience.

Business first! Thanks to a generous offer to join the media contingent in Sydney for a demonstration flight, the day went something like this: Join our flight – Jetstar airways JQ504 departing Melbourne on an A320-232 (VH-VGN) – it is just over an hour’s flight – and on the ground at Sydney at 09:20 with just enough time to grab a cab to QANTAS House, Mascot, for the pre-flight briefing. Tight timeframes ensured a fast pace...

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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsBase VisitsEAA AirVentureMilitary ExerciseSpottingTransports

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As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude.

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These are some of my favorites from airshows including Thu...

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