Plane of the Week: F/A-18 Super Hornet

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is not to be confused with the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet—although the former was based on the latter. This hornet is super   This twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather multirole fighter jet is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. What is perhaps the most impressive feat [...]

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Plane of the Week: Learjet 23

Today, business and personal flight is the norm—if you’re traveling far, you jump on a jet and get there quickly. But 747s weren’t always around. The first commercial jet was the Learjet 23. These were also the first products of Learjet Corporation. Learjet 23 Design and Development In 1959, William P. Lear Sr. started with [...]

By |November 10th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Antonov AN-2 Colt

The Antonov An-2—sometimes referred to as the Colt—has one of the longest production runs in history. Its ability to assist in many different ways contributed to its nearly 50-year (and still counting) run. Designer Oleg Antonov grew up in Saratov, Russia and was inspired by the progress of aviation he witnessed firsthand. He set up [...]

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Plane of the Week: Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

While the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar’s lifetime was incredibly short, it was not without fanfare. This medium-to-long-range, wide-body trijet airliner was the most technologically advanced commercial jet when it was finally delivered in April 1972. Six years of design work and unforeseen setbacks made sure of it. This aircraft’s development was meant to rival the Boeing [...]

By |October 27th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Rutan Model 202 Boomerang

Designed by Burt Rutan, the Rutan Model 202 Boomerang’s appearance is downright unforgettable. But why the unique design? There’s a reason behind every rhyme. Design and Development The Boomerang was modeled after one of the most well-known twin-engine civilian aircrafts: the Beechcraft Baron 58. The plane made its debut at the 1996 Oshkosh, Wisconsin AirVenture. [...]

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Plane of the Week: Boeing-737

In 1967, the Boeing-737 took its first flight. The narrow-bodied business jet was one of the most popular commercial airliners. The 737 series is the best-selling commercial plane in history. Lufthansa acted as the first company to use the plane commercially and over time other airlines ordered it. The most use came from airliners such as [...]

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Plane of the Week: Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

It may be slow, it may be simple, and it may be ugly, but this little piggy is tough as nails. If this warthog could talk, it might say “no worries.” Because even though the A-10 Thunderbolt II is old and ugly, it is most definitely still effective. But the question the military keeps asking [...]

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Plane of the Week: Martin M-130

The China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper, and the Hawaii Clipper are the names of three flying boats—Martin M-130s—designed by Glenn L. Martin Company in the 1930s. In fact, it’s the first of the three to have been built. With a complex and tragic story behind them, this boat-plane hybrid introduced the reality of scheduled, international [...]

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Plane of the Week: L-39 Albatros

As a nimble jet, the L-39 Albatros trains future pilots and prepares them to use heavier, larger planes in the future.  Air force units and the military utilize the plane for tactical aircraft, as well as a light ground support fighter. Pilots refer to the plane as an aggressive, agile aircraft with speed and maneuverability. [...]

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Plane of the Week: Messerschmitt Me 262

The World's First Operational Jet Fighter   While the design for the Messerschmitt Me 262 began pre-World War II, it didn't reach operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Even then, only small numbers of Me 262s actually appeared in combat. Design and Development Several years before the onset of WWII, Germans saw the potential for [...]

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