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Above: the Delta DC-3
2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection.
Now visitors can finally get up close with the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was actually purchased by donations totaling $30 million from Delta employees. This plane almost single-handedly allowed Delta to weather the tough economic times of the early 1980s and begin modernizing their fleet. She flew for 23 years and is now half time capsule, half museum-within-in-a-museum, and completely open for visitors to tour.
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When we talk about exciting, historical flights we typically talk about inaugurals. First flights are celebrated for a reason; they are a promise of travel to come and often a demonstration of the growth of a community or the prowess of new technology. Why, then, shouldn't we also celebrate the end of a service, after an airplane has delivered on its promise?
KLM agrees, and they're now holding a contest for one lucky AvGeek to join the final flight of their MD-11 on November 11.
KLM has been flying the three-holers since 1993, and will retire them from the fleet next month.
Last week, the airline industry descended upon Seattle for the North American side of the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo, a conference that focuses on the future of passenger experience and interior cabin design.
Not only are related issues discussed, but private companies present their products to the airlines, aimed at inventing and improving the future of air travel.
Here's some takeaways from the conference:
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University holds its popular "Wings and Waves Air Show" in Daytona Beach, FL every other year, and for 2014 the lucky dates were October 11-12.
As the action takes place right along the shoreline, the beach and piers of Daytona are a blanket of people for miles in both directions, all with their eyes pointed skywards. The scheduled performers were the same for both days, each taking turns impressing the crowd.
This year’s performers included:
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Talk about Swiss precision!
On August 30 and again on September 6, a SWISS International Air Lines Airbus A330, flanked by six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse, whizzed above a crowd of approximately 50,000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and 50th Anniversary of its aerobatic division. It was only one flying display within the AIR14 PAYERNE air show but, for such an occasion, SWISS brought out the big cameras (38 in total!) to create a short "pilots' view" film.
The videography and editing which went into the production of the video is simply spectacular, and it seems the internet agrees; the video has only been posted to YouTube for a couple days, and already it's just short of 50,000 views.
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With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.
Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races endsthere's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.
Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their
footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.
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Every aviation museum worth its salt these days can boast of classic warplanes, military fighter jets here and there, and perhaps a pre-jet-age Lockheed Constellation, but few go the extra mile to secure and preserve the rarest, most historic, and, in some cases, most expensive airplanes nearly lost to history as does the Museu TAM.
The museum is the baby of TAM Airlines and is now the largest museum in the world maintained by an airline. Unfortunately it isn't the easiest daytrip destination; the Museu sits in a spacious pair of hangars just outside the town of São Carlos, an hour's drive from the city of Ribeirão Preto (location of the nearest commercial airport), which is itself an hour's flight (or 3-hour drive) from São Paulo. You'd never expect to find one of the world's most important aviation museums way out here, in this part of rural Brazil better known for sugarcane plantations, but here it is.
The museum opened to the public in 2006 with only around 32 aircraft, but they've been quite busy since and the collection now numbers 89 vintage and rare flying machines (49 of which are incredibly still in flying condition).
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Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:
Need new tires for your car? Wanna take a ride in a blimp? If you've said 'yes' to at least one of these, then have we got the contest for you.
Goodyear is working to replace their aging blimp fleet with newer models from Zeppelin NT, but they're a little stuck on what to name the first one.
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At Jaunted, we strive to bring you the news, not be a part of the news. Today, we did both, and we wanted to take some time to talk about that.
Thousands upon thousands of retweets and shares, and even more regurgitation by general media, of our early and comprehensive coverage of this morning's Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 hijacking started the week. The news of the situation first broke out and took hold thanks to the diligent research and tweets of John Walton, aviation journalist, former contributor right here at Jaunted, and current Director of Data for Routehappy.
The bulk of the action transpired online around 6:00am local time in Geneva, or midnight in EST. The Twitters of John (@thatjohn), and of our own Editor, Cynthia Drescher (@JetSetCD), quickly became the top source accounts for updates on the situation (even yielding a recommendation from Twitter's Director of Data, @smfrogers), despite being 4,000 miles removed from Geneva.
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It seems like just yesterday that the VROOM of high performance aircraft was booming over New York Harbor, but in reality that was already three years ago, when the Red Bull Air Race World Championships last took to the skies to crown one aerobatic pilot most daredevil of all.
Now, after those three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" returns and soon! While there's no NYC date on the calendar, the US will see the races come to Dallas and Las Vegas and tickets are already available.
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Last week, when the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped into 2014, we didn't just celebrate the entry of a new year, but also the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation.
On January 1st in 1914, Percival Fansler organized the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line to ferry passengers across Tampa Bay. The trip took 23 minutes and the mayor of St. Petersberg paid $400 at an auction for the first flight. Since then, the industry has become part of the fabric of our lives, carrying on average of 8 million passengers on a daily basis.