Archive for the ‘aircraft’ Category

Seen Above Frisco: A Special Emirates A-380 with Wildlife Livery – Living with the Large Electronic Devices Ban

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Seen heading north, which is how you get to Dubai, more or less. And speaking of special, I think this is one of the higher weight versions, the better to make a 16-hour flight:

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1. So this explains the elephants and whatnot on the side.

2. And I don’t know what explains the electronics ban. Maybe it’s mostly protectionism.

And man, just look at that stubby jet. Compare with the twice-stretched Boeing 747:

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Since the A380 was built to be stretched, its wings are too big. If Airbus never ends up doing a cabin stretch, then the extra big wings will just be a waste. And that’s just part of the reason why the big A380 was more of an evolution rather than a revolution.

Anyway, it’s Euro tourist season now, so we have a lot of extra A380’s overhead. Happy Spring.

Elite French Air Force Team to Fly Over Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, April 15th at 6:00 PM – “Patrouille Acrobatique de France”

Friday, April 14th, 2017

[UPDATE: Things went well with this fly-by, except for some cloudiness. And here’s a well-wisher from France.]

Here’s the news:

  Replying to and UPDATE: The French Air Force’s elite will fly over the on Saturday 15th at 6.00PM!

They were going to come on the 14th (Friday), but things changed. It’ll look something like this:

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Vive La France!

Cow-Town Car Dealers Cheer for Military Program: “VACAVILLE AUTO MALL – CONGRATULATIONS TRAVIS AFB ON THE KC-46A”

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

It’s a different world out there, east of the east bay:

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Here’s your cowtown reference.

Here’s your procurement backgrounder, which shows how the better aerial tanker lost.

And here’s the latest at the Bay Area’s giant Air Force Base, which  our area pols sometimes use when they can’t use SFO / OAK…

Unlikely Seaplane Base, Marin County

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

All the deets at Seaplane.com

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And a half century ago, one of these planes was a part of the CIA’s Air America in southeast Asia

Recalling (Again) the Close Call United Flight 863 had with Mount San Bruno Back in 1998

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Here’s an excellent report from the WSJ back in 1999.

And here’s a more better photo than I had in back in aught-nine:

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Same mountain, same antennas, same general direction for the plane (except the 1998 incident occurred at night and with fog/clouds).

Anyway, United Airlines took things seriously and aviation is the better for it…

Never Seen This: Brand-New Alenia C-27J Spartan Over Frisco

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Here’s your background

U.S. Air Force shelving brand new C-27J Spartan aircraft after spending millions.

I guess those are six-bladed propellers:

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I don’t know who’s operating this machine…

Licensed to Ill, United 747-400, Fleet Week 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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An MC-130P “Combat Shadow” Over Frisco’s Financh – Special Forces, Retired – Now Does Search and Rescue Out of Moffett Field

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

One of the four Combat Shadows of Moffett Federal Field’s 130th Rescue Squadron, I believe:

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Look at all them fuel tanks.

Ancient Airliners Over Frisco – Engines Sound Like a Military Jet for Good Reason – A Gas Guzzler in the Sky

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say this is an aging McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with ancient Pratt and Whitney JT8D low-bypass engines. But at first when I looked up to see what was making all the racket, I thought I’d see a military fighter:

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Man this thing was loud.

Hey, you can start your own airline too, why not? By buying obsolete jetliners for like $4 million or so. Sure, your fuel bill will be high, but so what, you can still make a bit of dough. You can call it something like [YOUR NAME] Air – yeah, that’s the ticket.

Your ego trip awaits, Gentle Reader…

Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Takes Tech Media for a Ride Above Frisco – This Could Be You, Technology Reporter!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

What’s this – did Fleet Week come early yesterday?

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No, it’s just Oracle’s PA-34-200T Seneca II “media plane” flying in formation with Oracle’s Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 mono wing stunt plane, presumably flown by Company Pilot Sean D. Tucker, who was carrying an unknown member of the tech press, you know, as cargo:

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Here you go, book your own “media flight,” media:

BOOK A MEDIA FLIGHT – Soar in the Skies with Sean D. Tucker. To share the passion for aviation with media audiences, Tucker and his team welcome credentialed media for a flight with his crew.”