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Countdown to Retirement: American Airlines Super 80s

American Airlines readies the end of the Mad Dog era with the retirement of 20 MD-80s today. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilot captures unbelievable photo of haboob sweeping over Phoenix

On Sunday afternoon, a thunderstorm collapsed over Phoenix, and a downward burst of wind collected a towering plume of dust that swept across the region. To the east, a Southwest Airlines pilot, Ryan Vermillion, captured an unforgettable view of the gathering storm, known as a haboob. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Will Boeing Beef Up Its Orders for Wide-Body Planes?

As of August 16, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has taken net orders totaling 38 for its four wide-body jets: the 747, 767, 777 and 787. (247wallst.com) More...

Private Plane lands on highway in St. Louis, MO

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A small private plane has landed on the eastbound lanes of 364 (Page Extension) in St. Charles County. Authorities have blocked off 2 lanes of 364. The plane is a single engine aircraft. So far no injuries have been reported. It’s believed the plane had taken off from Creve Coeur Airport. (fox2now.com) More...

Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says

A week after the Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet ready for limited combat operations, the Pentagon’s top tester warned that the U.S. military’s costliest weapons program is still riddled with deficiencies (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airplane Tires Don’t Explode on Landing Because They Are Pumped!

ONE THING YOU almost never see when an airplane lands is a blowout. Think about that: Again and again, the tires hit tarmac at 170 miles per hour and bear the weight of a modest office building. And they nail it. Every time. (www.wired.com) More...

Blow up doll in the cockpit, spitting water in the cabin: Air New Zealand staff caught in the act

Video and photos of an Air New Zealand pilot posing with an inflatable doll in the cockpit and an air hostess spitting water with the caption "wish I could spit on passengers like this" have been posted online. Two staff members have been stood down by the airline while an investigation takes places, another no longer works there. The images were believed to have been shared to Facebook and Instagram after staff sent them on Snapchat. Air New Zealand told the Herald the images and… (m.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Wally the Wallet returns home on 1,300 mile trip in a Chinook

A Navy engineer finds a wallet in Amsterdam and creates what sounds like the perfect book for young plane loving children (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...


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