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Open your wallets and start counting that loose change, we've got the deal of a lifetime if you're in the market for a private corporate jet that comes with a little bit of tumultuous history.
The Gulfstream that carted the former Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries, around the portfolio of erotically marketed collegiate clothing stores, has just been marked down a few million dollars for the most interested party. After a few years of sales that have used a good amount of red ink, the clothier dropped the G550's price by $11 million in the hopes of making a quick sale.
We're not too sure the new owner would adopt the 47-page rule book that Jeffries required it's crew to abide by while jetting off with the exec. Now, we've heard of tough flight attendant rules from some of the best carriers in the world, but these rules are far from the deportment classes that Singapore Girls attend and Amazon jungle survival skills that TAM's crew learn. We're talking about where Jeffries' dogs sat, what type of underwear the male crew wore and how to respond the requests.
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Last year, we called the Museu Tam outside Sao Paulo, Brazil the "greatest aviation museum you've never heard of," but what what institution can lay claim to the sister title of the "greatest aviation museum you have heard of?" For that, we go not to the Smithsonian, but to the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, home to Pima Air & Space Museum.
Before you protest to say that you actually haven't heard of it, wait a sec.
Pima has become the final resting place of many a historic airliner, including a NASA "Super Guppy" and the DC-6 which served as Air Force One to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Pima's massive museum and even more ginormous outdoor exhibition area (over 80 acres!) is a jolly neighbor to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), which you'll most likely recognize as the haunting landscape of 2,600 acres full up with retired military aircraft.
The AMARG makes occasional cameos in movies, TV shows, and on curiosity websites, but spends most of its time as a mecca for #AvGeeks from around the world.
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It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.
Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.
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TGIF! Not only is Friday the best of the week because it means the weekend is here, but this Friday in particular ranks highly as it marks the day American Airlines flies their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (of the 42 they have on order) home to Dallas.
The aircraftgleaming in the "New American" striped livery flew earlier this morning from Boeing's factory in Everett, WA , slicing the skies with its raked, carbon fiber wings before a scheduled 4:21pm landing time at American's HQ at Dallas-Ft Worth DFW. The airline signed the final documents and symbolically took the key for the plane from Boeing just yesterday, but don't expect to be able to book a ticket on it until this spring at the earliest.
The details of the arrival, according to Dallas News:
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One of the USA's most visited private homes is losing its most famous lawn ornaments.
Say so long to the two private jets in the side yard of Elvis' Graceland; both airplanes lost the battle to stay their groundwhich we reported on back in July, 2014and are already on the auction block.
Despite Priscilla's protests, Elvis Presley Enterprises (operators of Graceland) are evicting the planes, which no longer fly but do admit visitors for an additional fee. Walking through the Lisa Marie (a Convair 880) and Hound Dog II (a Lockheed JetStar) was our favorite part of making it to Graceland in Memphis.
2014 was a busy year for the Jaunted team.
If you've been following our exploits on Instagram then you undoubtably will recall that we've spent the last 365-ish days everywhere from Papua New Guinea to the Brazilian Amazon and from Christmas Island to an ocean liner in the middle of the Atlantic.
Follow us into 2015 @jaunted.
Thank you for being a reader, and for your "likes." Speaking of, here's what Instagrams you liked the most in 2014:
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Before airlines considered the economy cabin worthy of nothing more than a seat 18" wide and about 8 peanuts as a complimentary snack, it used to be they would reward any passenger flying one of their newest planes with an in-flight lounge experience.
The onboard First Class lounges of the 1970s are things of legend, of course, but what about coach? On selected aircraft, they too enjoyed a dedicated space for enjoying in-flight diversions like gossiping, having a cocktail, card-playing and, in the case of American Airlines' 747-100 Coach Lounge, even piano-playing.
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Want to ride in a flying saucer?
Me neither. Those probes are cold.
But here’s something close to it, and kind of cool. Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane design that has a UFO-style look to it. The application dubs the invention as an “Aircraft Including a Passenger Cabin Extending Around a Space Defined Outside the Cabin and Inside the Aircraft.” Shorter version: a plane where passengers are seated in concentric circles. Or as one publication put, as “flying doughnuts.”
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When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.
The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You knowwhen a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.
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If you only do one thing today, let it be entering KLM's ingenious contest to travel to Amsterdam and have a sleepover inside their recently retired MD-11 airplane.
From now through November 20, KLM is asking all fans of the three-holer aircraft to book it for an overnight stay, as they've cleared out all the typical airplane seats in favor of cozy apartment-style furnishings.
The "Airplane Apartment" sports a master bedroom with king-size bed, a second bedroom with two beds, kitchen, living area, 8 bathrooms, WiFi, a cockpit, and 116 windows. There'll be one winner for each of the three nights, and each winner may bring up to three friends/family along for a total occupancy of 4 people in the Airplane Apartment. But wait, there's more! Winners will also receive international roundtrip flights on KLM to reach Amsterdam, and a 500 EUR Airbnb gift card.
“This isn’t rocket science,” said just about everyone who has ever waited an interminably long time to board a plane.
It’s not. Astrophysics on the other hand, might help.
At least if you trust Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, who thinks that he has come up with the #flawless, fastest way to get airplane passengers boarded. “Wired” magazine just detailed Steffen’s system, which he developed several years ago — though it continues to fall on deaf ears. Steffen says that while the traditional back-to-front order of operations makes sense on its face, it fails to account for the fact that bottlenecks will still occur as passengers try to hoist their bags into overheads at the same time.
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Thank you, local news station, for bringing us a truly inspiring tale of American ingenuity.
Because having a woodshop in your garage is totally #BasicBitch, suburban Michigan man Andy Millin spent 11 years of his life building his own operational airplane, not in a hangar but inside his house. Millin, who wasn’t even a pilot at the time (read that again, let it sink in) built everything from scratch, wings to fuselage to engine, according to WWMT Newschannel 3, which recently profiled Millin’s tale. But wait, there’s more.
"Homebuilt" planes are actually more common than you'd expect, but the special bit of Millin's construction is that he and his buddy/partner-in-insanity built an addition to his house, which served as their hangar/workshop. Today that space has been converted to a master bedroom, a condition of Millin’s crafty wife, who inadvertently inspired this whole plan when she booked her husband a birthday ride on a B-17 back in 1995.