Our Mission : Aviation pictures the world needs to see. And some other stuff too.

Friday, August 29, 2014

FedEx N106FE

We think that this 757 is more interesting than the 767 you were searching for.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spirit of Los Gatos Dreamliner

We got a text message from our Galveston reporter yesterday. He let us know that he made contact with an Airplane Life fanatic. This sort of thing happens more often than you would think. His message reminded us of a picture we took a couple of years ago.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Vintage Aerial View LAX Airport

We had forgotten about the gas station that used to be at the exit.


Proposed Lockheed "Skylift" for inter-terminal transportation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taxiway Excursion Saudi Arabian SV871 747-400 HZ-AIX RPLL MNL 08/05/14



SV was cleared to line up 24 from C1.

That's when their mains gort stuck in the mud. Notice the strange intersection at C1/24.

It took the Tower a while to figure it out.

SV informed Tower they needed a tug.

Tower said, "Roger, line up runway 24."

SV informed Tower they needed a tug.

Tower said, "Roger, hold short runway 24."

So they did until they got a tug.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

M-STAR Boeing 727 Video

Uno de los mejores Boeing 727 libreas avistados en Málaga.

"Camera shake" translated to Spanish is "camera shake." But it's still a badass 727.
  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oprah Winfrey's Private Jet N54SL

Oprah loves the long wingspan of the GLEX, as it provides for a more comfortable ride when jetting around her vast empire.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Aerial Banners North Pilot Arrested

This really happened. Politically motivated Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell requests citizens to call EMERGENCY 911 if they see a PA-25 towing a banner. Seems like that might choke up the phone lines, and it would be tragic if someone was having a heart attack and couldn't get through.
              

The Pawnee pilot was arrested on Monday and later released on $100 bail.

This will evolve into an interesting legal case. We predict appeals to higher courts.

We've been sent these questions from our correspondents around the world :

1) Would you ever call the 911 EMERGENCY line and report a Piper flying overhead if all it was doing was towing an American Flag ?

2) Are the City of Honolulu's boundaries only on ground level, or do they extend vertically into outer space ?

3) Should a responsible citizen call 911 EMERGENCY if they see this billboard ?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Magic Johnson's Private Jet N32MJ

His number was "32" on the Lakers, so there's an interesting coincidence.

We have mixed feelings about the hush kit. It adds sort of a "techno" look to the plane, but the installation lacks symmetry.

And why make it quieter anyway? Wouldn't most reasonable people want it louder?


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Plane Spotting at PDX

That parking lot over there used to be a great place to park your car and spot planes.

But in a sterling example of bureaucratic overreach, they closed the parking lot. So now you just park ouside and step over the barricade. You arrive at the same place, and the security level stays exactly the same as it was.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter Dead at 70

Johnny Winter, the greatest blues/rock guitar play of all time, has died.

We saw Johnny play live 25+ times over 4 decades.

And during that time, we couldn't help but wonder when this day would come or what it would be like.

Here is the same report we read when we got the news :  JOHNNY WINTER

Airplane Life will publish a tribute at some time in the future.

What an extraordinary life that was. It's all over now...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Into The Storm

This seems to be a movie about a breezy day on the cargo apron.

They were going to call it, "Gone With The Wind," but that was taken.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Emirates A380 A6-EET Departing LAX on 25L

Our Long Beach Bureau Chief took this awe inspring shot on 7/6/14.

Aircraft was operating as EK 216; nonstop to DXB - 15 hrs, 50 minutes and 8,320 miles (13,400 km).

A first class one-way ticket is only $24,529.90. But who wants to go to Dubai one-way?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cat Paw X-Ray

The cat had his dewclaw and associated tumor removed shortly after this image was taken.  Patient is doing "OK."


Monday, July 7, 2014

Homemade Bomb Shelter

CAUTION : This design may not provide adequate protection against warheads in excess of 50 megatons, so you should consider adding a ¼" plywood cover.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow News Day

It's a slow news day when the lead story is about a chimpanzee getting out of his cage at the zoo. The escapee was apprehended without incident.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

N6651H Pacific Helicopters Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger

One of our favorite Long Rangers, built in 1979.



Here's a couple for the HEFS aficionado's out there ... 



Normally powered by a 500 HP Allison 250-C28 SER turbine, in a pinch it also can be plugged in and run off a standard wall outlet. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ATR-72 Airliner Design Review

Leave it to the French and Italian aircraft designers to come up with a plane that has no seats in the most comfortable section, and instead uses that space for cargo.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Airplane Life On The Road

We try and travel unnoticed, but flight and ground crews always seem to find out when Airplane Life is onboard. We appreciate the recognition.   





Thanks to Gate Agent Amy L. for this picture of our OGG bound aircraft last week.