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Still in service! FedEx N360FE. Cheers!

Written on 07/15/2019 by C.W. Reed

@Diana Rose: yes :-)

Written on 07/15/2019 by Christoph Plank

@Chris Partin: he is Czech ;-)

Written on 07/15/2019 by Christoph Plank

Great catch on that SkyCrane. There was one at KEKM last summer, but I didn't have a proper camera. Cheers!!

Written on 07/15/2019 by C.W. Reed

I witnessed this bird performing numerous touch and go's at KSMF during flight testing around 1988 or so! Tempus Fugit!!

Written on 07/15/2019 by C.W. Reed

Ya great shot Brian. Intersesting info John G. Long live the MD-11.

Written on 07/15/2019 by Lonnie Penner

Mr. Kennington, the Bellancas, all through the Viking series were all fabricated in a similar manner. The fuselage and tail were fabric covered steel tube truss and the wings were bonded wood with cold molded wood vineers. This construction method has a lot going for it, protected from the elements it will last indefinitely. Wood had no fatigue life, steel virtually as well. The steel tube truss has an excellent energy absorbing capability, so much so that Mooney added a steel tube cage around the passenger cabin of their offerings. Being fabric covered makes major overhauls practical as all the wearing control bearings completely accessible.

The major drawbacks are that like all fabric, sun and weather will accelerate deterioration and the construction is very highly skilled touch labor intensive. The second make them very expensive.

The Bellanca Cruiseair I flew was a delightful machine to fly. Not an idle comment as I had just climbed out of a Globe Swift. The manual gear actuation is certainly quirky, but both reliable and ergonomically easy to operate. Certainly easier than the manual gear Mooneys. On grass anyway, it would nearly land itself.

Written on 07/15/2019 by Jared Smith


Written on 07/15/2019 by PerryL

Nice Shot Scot. First MD-11 built. The prototype. Amazing she is still flying when so many younger ones have already been parted out.

Written on 07/15/2019 by John Giambone

Great shot. Just in case you did not already know, this was the first MD-11 built, Line #1. Served as the prototype. Amazing it's still flying considering much younger ones have already been parted out.

Written on 07/15/2019 by John Giambone

LOL Gman...!! thank ya..Mt Lassen is closer and easier to get to the snow..but a great idea!

Written on 07/15/2019 by Tom Vance

Registration should read VP , NOT VF .. Built in 1979 , MSN 21648 , it was owned by Pan American World Airways , N539PA ,Clipper Liberty Bell .
In February of 1986 , United Airlines acquired the aircraft and registered as N148UA , until November 1995 .
It seated 244 broken down as follows :F18 C62 Y164 .
It now belongs to CSDS Aircraft Sales and Leasing , Rolling Hills Estates , California .
It will be registered as N7477S

Written on 07/15/2019 by peter tomlinson

Beautiful airplane and a storied past. I love to see these older birds.

Written on 07/14/2019 by Craig Rabe

Need pictures of flight crew!!!

Written on 07/14/2019 by Ceci Ruzzene

I had only been with Piedont about a year, and was honored to be part of the Flight Attendant's chosen to work this flight. I had taken pictures but I am unable to locate. Are there any archived photos? There were alot of photos taken and the media was there. I need links if possible to these pictures!!! Thanks. Piedmont proud Ceci.

Written on 07/14/2019 by Ceci Ruzzene

Thanks guys!

Written on 07/14/2019 by Mark Thomas

This is a fantastic photo. Taken with what I assume was a 35mm film camera, which back in 1980 had no real automatic modes or settings and surely no auto-focus. The photographer really had to know what he was doing and how to set up his equipment to get such a shot. The subject matter is great as well. Good job!

Written on 07/14/2019 by Rickh52

That's a rare catch, manuel! Gracias, amigo!!

Written on 07/14/2019 by C.W. Reed

My dad, always a Cessna-owner, loved this plane for its flying finesse.
Do I recall correctly, that much of it was made of wood?

Written on 07/14/2019 by robert kennington

Watched Documentary on this aircraft , on giant planes and certainly is the aircraft shown was the oldest dc10 from the Fed ex fleet donated and had seen better day's however later Fed ex had donate an updated MD DC11 WHICH WAS WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS GREATAIRCRAFT .

Written on 07/14/2019 by Steven Richardson

For Sure! Nothing like the sound of 4 RR Darts in unison! Thank you for re-posting this! Hoosier cheers!

Written on 07/14/2019 by C.W. Reed

Great photo Mark!

Written on 07/14/2019 by LELAND SCHMIDT

Awesome Shot Mark. Beautiful!

Written on 07/14/2019 by John Giambone


Seems to be a hot topic this afternoon.

Written on 07/14/2019 by warmwynds

Did some research. This airframe first flew in Feb. 1956. Sold to Capital then painted in UA livery 1961. Flew for UA until 1969. Went through subsequent owners then to Embry-Riddle in 1975. Ended up at KTUC around 1979 and cannibalized for parts until scrapped in 1993.

Written on 07/14/2019 by C.W. Reed

I LOVE these vintage shots of yours! In those days, my Dad traveled for business a lot. He would purposely book United Viscount and Caravelle trips if at all possible. Worth 10 stars for sure! Cheers!!

Written on 07/14/2019 by C.W. Reed

bad photo - as usual.

Written on 07/14/2019 by Guido Warnecke

There are just three aspects of this scene that are still the same today as they were back then -- the airport is still located in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga now as it was here, and both United and American airlines are still flying today. Absolutely nothing else seen here still exists. The terminal seen here was demolished long ago and in its place now is a wonderfully modern terminal building. The airport's name, Greater Buffalo International, is now Buffalo Niagara International. The new airport has no observation decks like the one this picture was clicked from. There are no Viscounts in UAL's fleet and no DC-6s in American's fleet. And it is probably impossible to find any airport where a photo like this, with a Viscount and a DC-6 together, can be taken now.

Written on 07/14/2019 by Gary Schenauer

Most welcome, mike! Always great photos from you! Cheers!!

Written on 07/14/2019 by C.W. Reed

Thanks Hundo!

Written on 07/14/2019 by mike prendergast

More from JB:

82-0192, McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender, (MSN 48214) named "Silver Hawk" with 68th ARW in Apr 1991. Active in March 2019 with 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, California

Written on 07/13/2019 by Greg Byington

I'm glad to see someone bought this airplane and got it back in the air.

Written on 07/13/2019 by N456TS

North American B-25H, N10V serial 43-4432. Built at the Inglewood CA plant in December 1943, and flown to the modification center in Fairfax MO. She was flown in the 1970 movie “Catch 22”, and donated to the EAA Museum in 1972. First flight after full restoration was April 20 2019.
Photo taken at the St Paul airport when she was with the B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” on 7-7-2019.

Written on 07/13/2019 by jim gevay

At take off power and rotation.

Written on 07/13/2019 by scott j swanson

Very welcome Rich! Have not been near a computer/device for awhile, so have been "FA silent". Keep up the great photos! Hoosier cheers!!

Written on 07/13/2019 by C.W. Reed


Thanks for the nice comment on the Wheels Up that are no stranger to here.
N452TM was here a couple of weeks back and I have some photos of it for you to check out so click on and check out the recent ones.

Written on 07/13/2019 by warmwynds

history is here:

Written on 07/13/2019 by a mentor

In the early 1980s Chalk's International Airlines owned by Merv Griffin's Resorts International had 13 Albatrosses converted to Standard category as G-111s. That's 13/466 built.

Written on 07/13/2019 by a mentor

Great angle on our wheels UP 350 there! Full 5 stars plus!!

Written on 07/13/2019 by C.W. Reed

I love the matt-like reflection on the fuselage. Matt paint?

Written on 07/13/2019 by Diana Rose

Yet another great reason to go to Sydney! Great shot, Mike!

Written on 07/13/2019 by C.W. Reed


Written on 07/13/2019 by Maxwell Cavalcanti de Andrade

1/1250 sec!!

Written on 07/13/2019 by Uwe Zinke

Sydney Airport Andy,a popular spot known as 'the beach'.

Written on 07/13/2019 by mike prendergast

N3334J (1966 CESSNA 150G

Written on 07/13/2019 by jesse kyzer


Written on 07/13/2019 by jesse kyzer

Love the triple-tail Cruisemasters!

Written on 07/13/2019 by Robert Swanland

N7715C (1944 NORTH AMERICAN F-51D “Wee Willy 2” owned by HINTON STEVEN J TRUSTEE)
Set world piston record at 499.018mph on Aug. 14, 1979.
Crashed and destroyed during race, Reno, NV, Sept. 16, 1979
4 September 1985: rebuild ex TNI-AU airframe as stock P-51, "Wee Willy II

Written on 07/13/2019 by jesse kyzer

u think they would learn to count

Written on 07/13/2019 by jesse kyzer

That is not a pic of N3836 (1947 CESSNA 140 owned by BUENAFE CONSTANCE A)
probably of the described Spad XIII

Written on 07/13/2019 by jesse kyzer

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