It’s been a few weeks since I posted a video, so it will take something pretty spectacular to make up for that. Well, how about this video of an incredibly low and fast fly-past of a MD-10 freighter at El Trompillo in Bolivia?
A bit of a different video for the ‘Best of the Web’ section this week, but since British Airways have always been good to Airport Spotting Blog and supported what we do, we thought we’d bring you their new TV advert which shows off their smart new Boeing 787-8 aircraft and onboard service. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Abigail Comber, British Airways head of marketing, said: “Our new TV advert shows the work that goes on behind the scenes, in order to get 100,000 people in the air every day. The research gave us a real appreciation for every single person that makes flying a seamless process. From the tug driver to the ramp agent, from NATS air traffic control to our chefs – there’s more people than you realise, that get you from A to Z.”
Here’s a nice little professional video showing a bunch of aircraft preparing for departure at Delhi International Airport. You’ll see both domestic and international airlines and aircraft and some really nice angles.
Don’t forget our book Mumbai Airports Through Time is a fantastic collection of photographs of aircraft in India from the 1970s to the present day. Makes a great addition to any aviation book collection. More information…
I just stumbled upon an excellent video of the legendary US airline Braniff. Although a little grainy, the footage shows the airline’s famous ‘Big Orange’ Boeing 747, as well as a few of the carrier’s brightly-coloured Boeing 727-100s and -200s. Enjoy!
FedEx Express this week retired another one of its Boeing 727-200 freighters by donating it to University of Alaska Anchorage’s Aviation Maintenance Program.
FedEx has done this across the country with a number of its retired fleet, and chose to fly this particular one – N492FE – to Anchorage. But that’s where it gets interesting, as the university’s students didn’t want it at the large Ted Stevens International Airport, but the much smaller Merril Field. In this video, you can watch the aircraft make two low-passes before landing on the short 4,000′ runway in spectacular fashion.
In 2008 I was lucky enough to visit Isafjordur in the remote north of Iceland, whilst on my honeymoon. It’s a spectacular place, and even better for the enthusiast is that its tiny airport is like the old Kai Tak in Hong Kong. Aircraft approaching need to hug the mountain, and then make a tight turn. And on takeoff, it’s an immediate turn to avoid hitting the mountain dead ahead!
I recently found this video showing a Fokker 50 departing Isafjordur and making that turn. Enjoy!
It was a sad moment when the NASA Space Shuttle was retired. And now that they’ve all been delivered to their respective museums, I’ve got another sad moment to share – the final takeoff of a Shuttle Carrier Boeing 747 in its current role. Having delivered Endeavor to Los Angeles, here you see N905NA departing the airport for the last time.
It’s standard practice for a new airliner to ‘wave goodbye’ when it leaves its place of birth. In this week’s video, we’ve got a fantastic ringside seat as a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 departs Seattle / Everett Paine Field on delivery. Its crew rocks the aircraft’s wings in spectacular fashion immediately after take-off to say goodbye.