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Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

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I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks reckless. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

The Amazing Images Of This USAF Aerial Refueling Boom Operator

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America's cadre of KC-135 and KC-10 'Booms,' the guys and gals that refuel allied military aircraft while hurtling through the atmosphere, are a proud and talented bunch, and one of them is just as skilled behind a camera as behind an aerial refueling boom. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

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The SR-71's first flight, December 22, 1964, is a milestone in aviation and national security circles. Outside of those circles, I'm surprised how few people have heard of the SR-71 or know more than that it was "a spy plane"--which is like saying the Taj Mahal is "a big building." Unofficially known (but still not well-known) as the Blackbird, the SR-71 flew at record altitude--90,000 feet--and speed--2,193.2 miles per hour. And it could sustain such speed: In 1990, one flew… (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

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PARIS • Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. (www.stltoday.com) More...

An Astronaut's-eye View of NASA's Orion Spacecraft Re-Entry

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In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the full reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it’s a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean, all put to dreamy space music. For reference, the camera is looking ‘up’ from behind the capsule, so as Orion’s lager heat shield bears the brunt of atmospheric heating as it reenters through the stratosphere, we’re looking along the ionization trail of this man-made meteor as it dashes… (news.discovery.com) More...

On-Board Qatar’s A350 XWB Media Flight

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Photos from Qatar's special A350 demonstration flight and a first look at their cabin. (airwaysnews.com) More...

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The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

(Video) Cabin video of extreme turbulence on American 280 near Japan

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"RAW FOOTAGE // American Airlines Flight AA280 diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt." (www.youtube.com) More...

Southwest C-Check Plane Wash

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Watch how Houston performs C-check washes on SWA planes. Houston does the washes four nights a week Sunday through Wednesday, the night after they go to C-check. The main purpose of the wash isn't cosmetic. It's to clean up components for inspectors the next night to inspect everything and get a good look. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) More...

Maiden A350 delivery tomorrow

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Airbus and Qatar Airways are set to open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, on 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Air China signs deal to purchase 60 Boeing B737 aircraft

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BEIJING • Air China Ltd., the country's flag carrier, said Monday it signed an agreement to order 60 Boeing B737 planes for a total price of $5.9 billion. (www.stltoday.com) More...

First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways - uncut version

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Streamed live on 22 Dec 2014. Airbus and Qatar Airways open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, which took place on 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus delivers first ever A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

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Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB, the world’s latest generation widebody airliner, to launch customer Qatar Airways. The A350 XWB redefines the way people fly for the coming decades and opens up a new era in comfortable, efficient long-haul air travel when it enters service with Qatar Airways, renowned for leading the industry to new heights in service excellence. (www.airbus.com) More...

Qantas passengers forced to sleep the night at airport in Japan

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Another slip up for maintenance problems for the flying Kangaroo this time passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Tokyo's Narita airport after there QFA B744 had issues leaving passengers stranded. Not only that happened but a curfew was in place which delayed things further. The CEO of Qantas Allan Joyce was contacted but no where to be found after a $3 million profit. you can see why. The B744 did depart eventually to YSSY.… (www.9news.com.au) More...